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Volunteers needed for "sugaring" at MacKenzie Center

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Published: February 11, 2014 by the South Central Region

Contact(s): MacKenzie Center, 608-635-8112

POYNETTE, Wis. -- The MacKenzie Center needs is looking for help during the upcoming maple syrup season. Each year, during the month of March and the first week of April, area schools bring busloads of students to the MacKenzie Center to learn about one of nature's sweetest treats.

Volunteers are needed to assist the school groups. Volunteers will conduct student tours, boil the maple sap, process the maple syrup and assist with other "sugar bush" duties. MacKenzie serves more than 1,200 fourth grade students during this time period. Responsibilities include leading a group of 10-15 students and teaching tree identification, how to tap a tree, Native American and pioneer history and more. Volunteer training occurs in February.

"No previous experience is necessary, but we do caution you that this experience can be addicting," said JD Smith, MacKenzie Center director.

People interested in volunteering should email DNRMacKenzieCenter@wisconsin.gov or call 608-635-8112.

The Department of Natural Resources MacKenzie Center is located on a 500 acre property 25 miles north of Madison near Poynette at W7303 County Highway CS. The center features interpretive trails, exhibits, museums and programming for school and youth groups. For more information search the DNR website for "MacKenzie." The state game farm is connected to the center.

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Last Revised: Tuesday, February 11, 2014