Being in the forest throughout the month of March is really spectacular. Seeing the migrating birds return, feeling the warmth of the spring sun, watching the buds begin to grow and burst, seeing the maple sap flow… For over 30 years Earth Spirit has been sharing the gifts of the maple trees with students of all ages through the retelling of ancient legends, the hands on experience of gathering and boiling sap as people have throughout history, and the playing of fun and interactive games. The gathering of sap from maple trees has been occurring in these lands for perhaps thousands of years by the indigenous families of the Haudenosaunee, and before them the Erie. We strive to pay heed to this tradition and give thanks to those who have shared stories, resources, and wisdom to help guide us in these teachings.
This month, Earth Spirit has welcomed hundreds of students from multiple schools from the Western New York region to the Taylor Road Family Recreation Facility in Hamburg to share in this annual tradition. This program would not be possible without the teachers and administrators who support outdoor education, the Town of Hamburg, and Waste Management of Chaffee, who provides funding to assist with programming through the month.