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Volunteers Learn to Tap Maple Trees

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - About 20 volunteers learned how to tap maple trees for syrup at a Cedar Falls nature reserve.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported (http://bit.ly/1fmhQah ) that most of the volunteers at the Hartman Reserve Nature Center were children and their parents.

All the participants put on snowshoes to trek into the forest. Program coordinator Chris Anderson says trees have to be 8-inches around before they are tapped.

Jenny Miller says she grew up in Maine, so she wanted to bring her 5-year-old son, Gabe, to experience what she did when tapping maple trees with her father.

A 1 1/2-inch hole was drilled in the trees before a metal spout was inserted. Then a bucket was hung up.

It takes about 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup.

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