Paul Smith's College VIC Trail Sign (28 December 2012). Photo courtesy of D. Kirche.  Used by permission.

"Sap to Syrup" Maple Activity
22 March & 29 March 2014
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Maple sugaring at the Paul Smiths VIC: VIC Sugar Bush (30 March 2013).  Photo by Tom Boothe.  Used by permission. Maple sugaring at the Paul Smiths VIC: VIC Sugar Bush (30 March 2013). Photo by Tom Boothe.

Work with Paul Smith's VIC sugar makers Tom Manitta and Kyle Dash to experience all aspects of the syrup making process.  The class is hands on. Participants will monitor sap quality, learn to work with reverse osmosis equipment, assist with the wood-fired evaporator, and draw off a finished batch of VIC maple syrup. The program is part of the New York Maple Weekend.  Participants will go home with a pint of fresh maple syrup. $25 per person. Preregistration required. Limited to 10 participants per session.

VIC Maple SyrupContact: Brian McDonnell,

This class is part of the VIC's Maple Sugaring Program. The Paul Smith’s College VIC is collaborating with Cornell Maple to expand maple syrup and sugaring opportunities in the region.  The goals of the project are to train local producers, promote further growth in the industry, and provide maple syrup production information and education opportunities for the general public.

Explore the VIC

The Paul Smiths VIC offers a wide variety of programs throughout the year to educate and inform Adirondack Park residents and visitors about the natural wonders of the Adirondack Mountains. You can help support these programs by joining the Friends of the VIC. More information on Friends of the VIC memberships

Explore the Trails

The VIC trails are free and open to the public, from dawn to dusk, spring through fall. In winter, the trails are open to cross-country skiers and snowshoers for a fee. Day or season passes may be purchased.