We took a group of girls from St Peters up to the Mass Audubon Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary for a maple sugaring tour and some nature hiking. We could not have asked for a more beautiful day, and although many of the trails were still flooded from last week's rain, the girls showed no fear of getting wet or muddy and showed great teamwork getting over/around many tricky spots on the trail (see pictures). The maple sugaring tour took about an hour and included an introduction to sugar maples, a demonstration of how the trees are tapped, a trip to the sugar house where the sap is boiled down, and a tasting of the final product. It was interesting, but a little long and not really geared for kids. After the tour we had a delicious picnic lunch provided by Laura, and then set off for a couple hours of hiking and nature watching on the trails. Highlights included a garter snake, several chickadees that took seeds from the girls' hands, beaver lodges and cuttings, canada geese, bluebirds, ladybeetles, a fallen bird's nest, and a muskrat.
A big thank you to Laura for setting up the trip and providing lunch, to Tara for the fun games, and to both for helping make the trip a success and a fun day for all.