The Official U.S. Maple Syrup Almanac -- 2017 Alamanc_2017 - Page 15

Getting Schooled Univ. of Minn. OVER 1,000 PEOPLE learn sugaring through outreach programs at The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Colleges tap into education through maple T By MIKE RECHLIN he maple syrup industry has always had important links to Colleges and Universities. As an industry that continues to go through rapid changes in technology, we rely heavily on university research to drive innovation and change. There are, however, growing connec- tions being made between the sugarhouse and the classroom; ways in which the sci- ence, history, and culture of maple syrup making enrich the educational offerings at many colleges and universities. In researching this article, I found 25 U.S. Maple Syrup Almanac 2017 institutions of higher education that cur- rently include instruction in some aspect of sugaring in their programs. From my own experience teaching maple syrup courses to students at the college and university level, I know it’s a good match. More and more educators are designing programs that include project centered learning, interdisciplinary studies, and critical thinking, all of which can be part of an academic course or program that includes making maple syrup. In the cases described below, you’ll see how faculty members are using making maple syrup in courses and extra-curricular programs to reach those objectives. Extra-curricular activities making maple syrup More than half of the schools in this survey engage students, faculty, alum- 15