Carrie Braman and VJ Guarino from Frontier Maple Sugarworks will lead a workshop teaching beginners how to harvest maple sap from the backyard Saturday, Jan. 23, at 10 a.m. at Merryspring Nature Center.

This fun program will cover the basics of how to set up a backyard maple-sugaring operation — including identifying sugar maple trees, selecting the right trees to tap, setting up taps and lines, how to measure syrup density using a hydrometer, cooking and grading syrup, and canning. A portion of the program will take place outdoors, with a live demonstration of tree-tapping techniques. Guests will also be able to sample different syrups from different times of year for a fun taste-test and comparison.

This program is part of the Weekend Workshop series at Merryspring.

Registration is limited to 20 people, so please sign up beforehand. The cost for this class is $15 for the general public, with a discounted rate of $10 for members of Merryspring. Guests are reminded to wear weather-appropriate clothing for the outdoor portion of this event.

Frontier Maple Sugarworks was founded in 2011 near Jackman, Maine by VJ Guarino and Carrie Braman. The two have sugared together, first in Vermont for over 10 years. In 2013, they started construction of the sugarhouse and are now producing certified organic maple syrup.

For more information or to sign up for this program, please contact info@merryspring.org or call 236-2239.