Check out the Sugar Snow at Big Hill!

Sugar Snow is what you call a snowfall in March. The extra moisture from the snow increases the sap production as it melts and is absorbed by the tree’s roots. There is a good children’s book by Laura Ingalls Wilder titled Sugar Snow (a Little House picture book), where Laura learns about March snow in Wisconsin, and its connection to maple sugar. 

Rock Prairie Montessori came for a Maple Sugar field trip yesterday and got to see the sap collecting from Big Hill Park’s Sugar Maples.

Take a self-guided hike through Big Hill’s sugar bush…

Every mid-February through roughly the end of March (depending on the weather), maple sap runs rich with sugar that when evaporated and condensed becomes maple syrup or even crystallized maple sugar. Historically, Native Americans and then European settlers tapped maple trees to create both sugar and syrup. Similar methods are still used today.

The maple sap is flowing at Big Hill Park. Volunteers set up a short self-guided hike through a section of the Big Hill sugar bush. The hike begins at the Big Hill Park cabin, winds through the trees to end at the first 1937 historic fireplace – roughly 50 yards of maple magic.

…to learn more about the wonders of maple sugar.

Join Welty in celebrating maple sap season. Take a self-guided hike through Big Hill Park’s sugar bush to learn more about the wonders of maple sugar. There are ten educational signs posted to guide you through the sugar bush. The hike will be up through mid day on March 28th.

The Big Hill Sugar Bush and hike are located to the northeast of the Big Hill Cabin. Look for blue bags hanging on the trunk of trees. 

Parking is available to the southwest of the cabin. 

Happy sugaring!

Aaron Wilson
Program Director, WEC