SHOW ME ST. LOUIS - If you have cabin fever, we have a way for you to get outside with your family this weekend. Naturalists with the Missouri Department of Conservation tap 35 trees at Rockwoods Reservation.
"We like to bring people out into nature we like to show them how to use their resources wisely," said Lia Bartnicki, Missouri Department of Conservation.
The Maple Sugar Festival shows off natures sweetest trees, the Sugar Maples.
"So when sap comes out of a tree it's only coming out about 2-3 percent sugar in that sap so you have to boil a whole lot of water off of it in order to get it into that syrup stage," explained Bartnicki.
In the sugar shack, visitors will see how sap turns into syrup. They'll also get to try a pioneer favorite, sugar on snow.
"We just kind of like to keep that history alive and we like to show people how maple sugaring occurred throughout history as well as how it occurs today in a sustainable manner," said Bartnicki.
The festivals been going on for about 10 years, but this is the first year the naturalists have tapped into trees using a piping system.
"We put a tap in and then we connect tubing to the tap and we run it down hill into a big collection bucket and it's a lot more of an efficient way to collect our sap. So we don't have to go trudging up the hill everyday to empty the buckets," explained Barnicki.
During the festival they'll go through about 10 gallons of syrup. It takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup. It's a lot of work with a sweet reward.
The Maple Sugar Festival is going on Saturday, February 1 at Rockwoods Reservation in Wildwood from 10am-3pm rain or shine. This is a free event. For more information you can call 636-458-2236 or visit their website.