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Botanic Talk: Syrup Making in Southern Wisconsin

February 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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Learn more about this fun, outdoor activity

This program, to be held from 10-11:30AM on Saturday, Feb. 26, features naturalist Dave Bendlin providing an introduction to the hobby of syrup-making; a fun activity you can do outdoors during the transition from winter to spring.

Besides sugar maple trees, several other trees have sap that can be cooked down into syrup; box elder, birch and walnut can also be used. In this program, you will learn how to tap trees, collect their sap and cook it down into a delicious syrup to share with family and friends.

Most of this program will take place indoors, but if weather permits, we will go outdoors to practice tapping trees and observe sap collection, so bring clothes and footwear suitable for some time outdoors.

The cost to attend is $12 for Rotary Botanical Gardens members, and $15 for non-members.

For those interested, some basic tapping supplies will be available for purchase along with half pint jars of box elder syrup. Cash or check sales only.

Event and registration information

To register online, please see below; or download and complete this form (PDF) and submit with your payment in person, by mail, or by phone.

  • In person: at our Garden Gift Gallery (check, cash, or credit card) – Open Monday-Friday 10a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • By mail: send completed form with your check made out to Rotary Botanical Gardens to Attn: Education Coordinator, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville, WI 53545.
    • NOTE: Registration and payment must be received prior to the deadline in order to be enrolled in the class. Deadline for this Botanic Talk is 2/21.
  • By phone: please call (608) 752-3885 to register over the phone with a credit card.

Note: ALL areas of the registration form must be complete. Please complete a separate form for each registrant.

Cancellations & Refunds

Classes cancelled due to low enrollment will be refunded automatically, and you will be notified by phone or email of the cancellation.


Call (608) 314-8415 or email [email protected].

Register online

The registration deadline for this Botanic Talk is 2/21.


February 26
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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Delaney Sherwood
(608) 314-8415


Rotary Botanical Gardens
1455 Palmer Drive
Janesville,WI53545United States
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