Helmer Nature Center is an affiliate spotlight for the new edition of Pathways, the quarterly newsletter of the New York State Outdoor Education Association.
The magazine features an article about the local nature center, a reflection piece written by its current education coordinator, Casey Franklin and an article by former Education Coordinator, Becky Leidig.
Additionally, this is a time to share information about the Helmer Nature Center with the community at large, as they are beginning the Maple Sugar season. Many people are not aware that there is “maple sugar” on-site for educational purposes and also to produce maple syrup for community events. They host West Irondequoit and out-of-district school classes to educate on the maple sugaring process from tapping the right tree to processing the sap to producing edible syrup. Through community events, the Maple Sugar Open House and Annual Pancake Breakfast the public is given the same experience.
At the Maple Sugar Open House, guided tours of the collection areas and demonstrations on the evaporator are offered. The family-friendly event also includes maple-themed crafts, activities and refreshments.
The Maple Sugar Open House is noon-3 p.m. on March 23 at the Helmer Nature Center, 154 Pinegrove Ave., Rochester. No entrance fee. Nominal charges for some activities and refreshments.
At the Annual Pancake Breakfast, the community has the opportunity to sample the results of their hard hard work.
The breakfast is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 31 at the Irondequoit Senior Center, 154 Pinegrove Ave., Rochester. All-you-can-eat pancakes, plus sausage and beverages. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for HNC members and $6 for children 5 and younger.
Call (585) 336-3035 for additional information.