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Make the most of maple-tapping time

Sample maple sap at The Morton Arboretum Sunday.

Sample maple sap and freshly made syrup at The Morton Arboretum this Sunday.

Spring is here and nature’s sharing her bounty. Gather up the kids and show them how sweet it can be at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 27, when The Morton Arboretum in Lisle offers a family-friendly class on the making on maple syrup, its last of the 2011 maple-tapping season.

An expert will demonstrate how to drill into a maple tree and attach a tap, and then you can sip the clear sap.

“Some say it tastes sweet and others say it tastes like cold water,” says Angelique Dunning, youth and family program manager.

The sap will then be boiled down into maple syrup and participants get to sample it in three different steps along the way.

The class costs $20 (pre-registration required) and includes a 20-percent discount on a meal Arboretum’s Ginkgo Restaurant., which will be serving a pancake breakfast Sunday beginning at 9 a.m., as well as its full menu for both breakfast and lunch.