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Fenner re-imagines syrup festival

Fenner re-imagines syrup festival
  • On March 24, 2021

By Chloe Gregg
Staff Writer

Annually, the Fenner Nature Center has held a big maple syrup festival for Lansing friends and families to enjoy.

Normally, the festival would have all kinds of different stations for people to peruse, but this year the nature center decided to go a little bit of a different route.

“Due to current circumstances, we had to re-imagine our festival,” Alex Seeger, the Development and Events manager at Fenner Nature Center said. “Typically for the maple syrup festival, we’ll see anywhere from a thousand to two or three thousand (people) on that Saturday.

“As a community gathering place, we take our commitment of stopping COVID very seriously. So what we came up with instead was the idea of these private tours.”

The private tours will be held this Saturday, March 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will last for approximately an hour and a half. Tickets can be bought here at $15 for Fenner Nature Center members and $20 for non-members.

“For the Maple Syrup Saturday tours, people are invited to purchase tickets and with that ticket, they get the tour, some of our local syrup, and a take-home pancake mix kit,” Seeger said. “What it entails is the groups meet at their designated times and we give more of an in-depth view of some of the stations we typically have at the festival.”

Of course, for some people that may still be too much contact. They have the option to walk around the Fenner Nature Center by themselves or with friends and family.

“If people still wanted to come out to the nature center and take their own walk (instead of purchasing a ticket), they can see some maple syrup things themselves,” Seeger said.