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Presentations on Maple Education and Reverse Osmosis at Maple Meeting
At the opening session of the annual meeting, environmental educators and those contemplating public tours of their sugar bush took special interest in the presentation by Stephanie Hays-Mussoni, Program Director for the Cope Environmental Center, a 100 acre environmental education facility near Centerville,IN. During the past 6 years Ms. Hays-Mussoni has been developing Cope’s maple sugaring program, and the center now hosts about 800 students during the sugaring season.
Ms. Hays-Mussoni described the program she provides for visitors during the sugaring season.
The center conducts maple sugaring programs for students in 4th grade through high school, and they host two weekends for the general public.
Public programs include a pancake and sausage breakfast.
Cope’s educational program includes a model with layers can be peeled back to illustrate tree anatomy and physiology.
The center also keys their maple program to state educational standards that include temperature and measurement, averages, and evaporation.
On the trail educators identify alternate and opposite bud arrangement and they demonstrate native American slash techniques (on a sacrificial tree) as well as contemporary methods of tapping.
Utilizing historical impersonation for interpretive instruction is also employed.
In the afternoon session, Art Harris, a member of the board of directors of IMSA and syrup maker from Greencastle, Indiana, talked about the installation and operation of his reverse osmosis unit.
Art emphasized the importance of keeping the membrane moist and clean to maximize its life.