Welcome to the splash page for all things maple syrup at the Orchard Lake Schools. This is our third season of maple sugaring at our historic 115-acre campus! We’re proud to offer a public historical process demonstration of this distinctly American tradition to our community and students, and excited to introduce it to our international students and our seminarians. AND we’re OVERJOYED to do this in partnership with several amazing community organizations! This year, a portion of our pure syrup will be donated to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit (Meldrum street) to offer those less fortunate a special treat, in the spirit of charity.
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Maple Sugaring Brunch – March 10, 2019
Please join us on Sunday, March 10, for our Maple Brunch! Here’s why you should come: 1) Renowned storyteller Genot Picor is sharing his music and stories with us this year; 2) You won’t find better flapjacks and bacon anywhere; and 3) It’s a great way to shake the winter blues by visiting the historic campus of the Orchard Lake Schools. It’s easy to register! Just go here: http://registration.wbparks.org/ or call (248) 451-1900.
If you’d like to book a presentation for a group but can’t make it on March 10, please contact JJ Przewozniak by calling (248) 706-4216 or emailing email@example.com.
Parking is available in lot 13b (Commerce Rd. parking), and check-in at the nearby station with the staff of West Bloomfield Parks & Rec. From there, proceed to the fire pit near building 10 (the “Victorian House”). After that, the program continues with storyteller Genot Picor inside building 11 (the Wotta Center) at the Polish Panorama room, and then the tour concludes with a delicious hot breakfast at our campus dining hall! Our chef will make big flapjacks with fresh bacon or oatmeal, all topped with 100% pure maple syrup. During breakfast, interactive displays and hands-on crafting activities will be available, thanks to West Bloomfield Parks & Rec, and the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society. Signs around campus mark the way, and our student volunteer guides will be available for assistance.
Remember, these programs are weather- and sap- dependent. Once the sap comes out of the tree, the warm weather causes it to go bad quickly, so we work with Mother Nature as best as we can to make syrup as the season allows. Please note that this event is subject to cancellation if it’s too windy.
Maple Syrup for Sale:
Locally-made Maple syrup and other tasty treats (from Mason. MI) will be available at the event for sale at competitive prices. A limited portion our syrup will be attractively bottled in 12 oz. traditional bottles, dated, and wax sealed. These will be available for a $100 donation to Orchard Lake Schools, in support of our mission, and this educational program. This will sell out quickly! To be put on a waiting list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (248) 706-4216. Any remaining OLS syrup will be available for sale at our campus bookstore in early April.
Helpful Links and info:
Sugar Bush Supplies (where we get our equipment!)
St. John’s University maple sugaring links page (all the information you need to do maple sugaring yourself!)
Applicable High School Essential Content Standards and Expectations (HSCE):
Below is a list of content standards and expectations applicable to the program “Maple Syrup Season at The Polish Mission.”
Grade Levels 9-12: Biological Science
- Standard B1: Inquiry, Reflection, and Social Implication
- B1.1: Scientific Inquiry
- B1.1A Generate new questions that can be investigated in the laboratory or field.
- B1.1C Conduct scientific investigations using appropriate tools and techniques (e.g., selecting an instrument that measures the desired quantity—length, volume, weight, time interval, temperature—with the appropriate level of precision).
- B1.1E Describe a reason for a given conclusion using evidence from an investigation.
- B1.1g Use empirical evidence to explain and critique the reasoning used to draw a scientific conclusion or explanation
- Standard B3: Interdependence of Living Systems and the Environment
- L3.p1: Populations, Communities, and Ecosystems (prerequisite)
- L3.p1A Provide examples of a population, community, and ecosystem. (prerequisite)
- L3.p3: Factors Influencing Ecosystems (prerequisite)
- B3.1: Photosynthesis and Respiration
- B3.1A Describe how organisms acquire energy directly or indirectly from sunlight.
Maple Sugaring Brunch
March 10, 2019