Beyond Pancakes: The Many Lessons of LCS's Maple Syrup Program
At LCS, our maple syrup program offers students a hands-on learning experience that combines environmental science, history, and chemistry. When temperatures rise above freezing during the day and drop below freezing at night, our students begin tapping maple trees, drilling holes and adding spiles to start the process of collecting sap. It takes about 40 pails of sap to make just one pail of syrup, which is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our students.
But our program goes beyond just boiling sap into syrup. As students work through the process, they learn about biology, geography, and First Nations perspectives, incorporating practical applications of chemistry to measure the sugar content of the sap. Our maple syrup program offers a unique opportunity for students to apply skills learned in the classroom to real-world situations.
Not only is our maple syrup a delicious treat, but it also provides a connection to the history of our school, which has a long-standing tradition of tapping maple trees. Overall, our program offers many benefits and we are proud to produce this sweet and tasty treat for our community.
Lakefield College School is a private, coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12, located in Lakefield, Ontario, Canada.
We respectfully acknowledge that Lakefield College School is located on the Treaty 20 Michi Saagiig territory and in the traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig and Chippewa Nations, collectively known as the Williams Treaties First Nations, which include: Curve Lake, Hiawatha, Alderville, Scugog Island, Rama, Beausoleil, and Georgina Island First Nations. Lakefield College School respectfully acknowledges that the Williams Treaties First Nations are the stewards and caretakers of these lands and waters in perpetuity and that they continue to maintain this responsibility to ensure their health and integrity for generations to come.