Eddy Discovery Center hosts maple sugar festival|
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources invites you to take part in the Eddy Discovery Center's annual maple sugar festival, March 15-16, at the Waterloo Recreation Area. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Come and enjoy one of Michigan's traditional rites of spring--tapping maple trees. See demonstrations of the entire process of making maple syrup from collecting the sap to removing the water in the evaporator. Visitors also can view a film showing old-time methods used to make maple syrup. Maple products will be available for purchase at the gift shop.
Also in March, the Eddy Discovery Center has scheduled three programs that will delight audiences of all ages. Advance registration is required. To register, call 734-475-3170. There is a fee of $2 per person or $5 per family for the Sunday programs, which are sponsored by the Waterloo Natural History Association. The Saturday program is free.
* Great Animal Songs and Stories: Sunday, March 2, 2 p.m. Naturalist and performer Tom Hodgson will lead the audience in singing several fun songs about animals from near and far. He also will introduce young readers to various nature publications in observance of "March is Reading Month." Fee: $2/ person or $5/family.
* Sights and Sounds of Spring: Saturday, March 22, 2 p.m. Join the park interpreter for a guided walk to observe--and listen for--the signs of spring along one of Waterloo's discovery center trails.
* Sensational Animals of Potter Park Zoo: Sunday, March 30, 2 p.m. Meet some of the zoo animals and learn how these animals touch, smell, hear and see in different ways. Fee: $2/person or $5/family.
The Eddy Discovery Center is located on Bush Road between Pierce and McClure Roads in Chelsea. A state park motor vehicle permit is required for entry. Permits are $4 for the day or $20 for an annual, which is valid at any state park. To reach the discovery center, take I-94 to exit 157; go north to Bush Road and follow the signs.