Touch of Nature Environmental Center gets ready for Maple Syrup Festival, Pancake Breakfast event
The annual Maple Syrup Festival and Pancake Breakfast event is on tap for Feb. 25-26 at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center.
The event, held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each day, will feature live music, vendors, activities, outdoor hikes, demonstrations and pancakes served with homemade maple syrup. The event is for all ages and ideal for families.
Tree identification hikes take place at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., while maple syrup demonstrations will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Addison DeLisle, master's student, will demonstrate blacksmithing, along with other graduate students. The SIU Forestry Club will compete in lumberjack events. Other craftsmen will demonstrate woodworking, pottery making, basket weaving and how to make natural soaps, candles and herbal products.
Music will be provided by The Mystic Shrines, Kindred Moon and Jensen Waugh.
The actual event is free, but the pancake breakfast requires tickets, which can be purchased in advance. Breakfast is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. Tickets bought by Feb. 24 cost $12 for ages 13 and older or $6 for ages 6-12. At the door, tickets cost $15 for ages 13 and older or $8 for ages 6-12. Those 5 and younger eat for free.
To find more information or to purchase breakfast tickets online, go here.