Prior to the spring leaf out, birch trees must move all the nutrients they store down in their roots over the winter to the tops of the trees where the new leaves are grown. This watery sap contains sugar and other minerals. Different cultures from around the North have harvested this spring sap for centuries and enjoyed it both as a refreshing beverage and health tonic. A few even boil it down into birch syrup. This class will teach the basics of tapping birch and collecting sap.
Instructor: Kimberley Maher, PhD
Cost: FREE! Taps and tubing will be available for purchase from the instructor at the end of the class.
When: Monday, April 4, from 4-5 p.m.
Where: UAF Cooperative Extension Service, Tanana District Classroom, 724 27th Ave. (southwest corner of Fairbanks Community Food Bank building)
RSVP: Class size is limited and preregistration is required.v Contact Darcy Etcheverry at 474-5107 to reserve your spot.