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Sugarbush Operator Training

Sugarbush is coming! Are you ready? 

For one month each year, Blandford collects sap from over 150 tapped maple trees and boils it down into maple syrup in our historic Sugarhouse. We count on an amazing team of dedicated volunteer operators to assist with the process. You could be one of these Sugarbush Superheroes! Sign up today.

Sugarbush Operator Training – February 1, 2020 from 9:30a-12:30p

Whether you are a returning Operator or a newbie to the world of Sugarbush, this informational training will explain what Sugarbush is, review the ins-and-outs of the operator role, provide instruction in the Sugarhouse, and introduce new procedures/materials. Hot beverages and snacks will be provided. 

This training is required for all volunteers that wish to operate in the Sugarhouse this season. 

Optional Operator Interpretation Training – February 1, 2020 from 1:15p-2:30p

At the request of returning operators, we’ll be offering an optional interpretation training after the required operator training. This will be an opportunity to learn more about the education aspects of the operator position. Discuss interpretation techniques, learn about scaling content to various age groups, and review educational materials.

This training is optional. Those participating in both trainings are encouraged to pack a lunch to eat on-site between classes. Hot beverages and snacks will be available all day, but a larger lunch will not be provided.

Hourly Schedule

New Day


Feb 01 2020


9:30 am - 2:30 pm


Blandford Nature Center
1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI
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