Maple Education Program


Oschmann Forest Conservation Area in Ormond, ON (Winchester) is home to SNC's flagship Maple Education Program.

The bilingual and not-for-profit Maple Education Program provides Kindergarten to Grade 12 level students with a hands-on environmental learning experience at a local sugar shack.

Students learn the process of maple syrup production as it has evolved from Aboriginal traditions through to modern day production techniques, with the goal of connecting students to the natural environment.

Participants are guided on an interpretive forest walk, where they learn about natural heritage, forest management and ecosystem habitats. Demonstrations of maple syrup production and sap collection are delivered, as well as a delicious maple treat!

SNC's Maple Education Program typically runs the last 2 weeks of March to the first week of April. Tours are geared towards the participants’ education-level to ensure the best experience.

For more information, please contact us at or 1-877-984-2948.

We look forward to making sweet discoveries together!

Note: Due to the ongoing Pandemic, in-person field trips have been halted. SNC adapted by making virtual field trips and partnered with the Ottawa Catholic School Board to share new maple syrup education videos with over 30,000 students across hundreds of classrooms throughout the Capital Region. The videos feature SNC staff at the Oschmann Forest sharing curriculum-based information on maple syrup production, history, First Nations, and forest ecology, complete with segments highlighting bilingual keywords, Oschmann donor family history, tree tapping, and wildlife sightings.

View our maple videos below: 



Interpretive Trail Signage at Oschmann Forest, Ormond