Monday, January 24, 2011

Calendar: Tapping Trees and Predicting the End of Winter (Jan 28-29)

Collecting Maple Sap
Photo credit: Chiot's Run
The sap is starting to run in the maples. It's time to start tapping! (Read our post on maple syrup.) That's as sure a sign as anything that the end of winter can't be too far off. But if you want to celebrate in another way, Groundhog Day is coming up on Feb 2. Our local Nature Centers will celebrate both.

Brookside Nature Center in Wheaton and Meadowside Nature Center in Rockville both have maple-tapping programs on Saturday morning. Brookside repeats its two programs on Sunday. Registration required.

To celebrate an early Groundhog Day, head over to Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon or Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Annandale on Sunday. According to their program descriptions, Hidden Oaks is going with people in groundhog costumes; Frying Pan Farm features a real groundhog burrow. Registration required.

As always, there are lots more events and hikes on our calendar.