Maple Syrup Volunteers
Volunteers are an integral part of the syruping process at Saint John's. We need help with everything from tapping trees and sap collection, to cooking syrup and working at our festivals. Below are a few things to know about being a maple syruping volunteer.
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Collecting the sap from the bags and buckets hanging on the trees is our most common need for volunteer help. Check out our sap collection page for details and directions.
We publish a "daily" update on the Outdoor U blog with announcements for volunteer help throughout the maple syruping season.
It is important to us to know how many hours volunteers are putting in during the syruping season. Please be sure to record your name and hours in the online volunteer reporting form.
We recommend walking out to the sugar shack. The road is plowed, but often muddy and rough, and many vehicles have gotten stuck in the past. There is a portable bathroom at the sugar shack throughout the season.
The weather can vary greatly during the syruping season. You'll want to dress for those varying conditions: boots, jacket, hat, gloves, etc. We recommend wearing wool and dressing in layers!