FFA students at West Branch High School took advantage of the warming spring weather and headed to the woods for some outdoor learning time. Students learned how to tap maple trees, collect sap, and turn the watery sap into delicious maple syrup. The students used an old drill to make a 2 inch hole in 10 different maple tress throughout the woods. They inserted spikes using a wooden mallet and hung the buckets to collect sap for 4 days. At the beginning of each class period, students went to the woods and collected their sap in food grade containers that were stored in a refrigerator. After gathering about 20 gallons of sap, students boiled their sap over an oven burner for several days in a row, until the sap became thick and light brown in color. About 1/2 gallon of syrup was made, and students plan to share their syrup with other classes in the school district.
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