Learn how Native Americans and early settlers harvested maple syrup and made sugar and syrup by boiling it over an open fire at the Sugar Maple Festival Saturday at Missouri Department of Conservation’s Rockwoods Reservation.
You can also learn to identify sugar maple tress and how to tap them on a ranger-led hike. Kids will get a kick out of tasting a pioneer favorite–sugar on snow, created by pouring warm syrup on snow.
Rockwoods Reservation is at 2751 Glencoe Road in Wildwood in St. Louis County just off Highway 109 between I-44 and Highway 100.
The event which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. is free and open to the public.
You can celebrate the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day at a couple of free events in the St. Louis area on Saturday.
- From from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. you can hike three different trails of varying lengths at the World Bird Sanctuary in Valley Park. Along the routes, naturalists will be on hand with live animals at interpretation stations along the trails. Also available: free children’s activities with prizes. The event and parking are free.
- Take the Green Rock Trail Challenge from 7:30 a.m. to noon at Greensfelder County Park and Rockwoods Reservation. Participants are to meet at the Muckerman Shelter in Greensfelder County Park at 7:30 a.m. for a light breakfast in the form of bagels, granolia/energy bars, fruits and juices. Shuttles will then take you to Rockwood Reservation to begin the seven-mile hike at the Greenrock Trailhead. Lunch will be served at the Muckerman Shelter after the hike. The event is free, but registration is required. Limit: 50 participants. The City of Wildwood is hosting the event. Call 636-405-2032 for more information.