G2Arctic Birch Tapping
With the thousands of birch trees at Gateway to the Arctic Camp, it only made sense to try our hand at making birch syrup. In 2017, with our new sap evaporator pavilion — the “sugar shack” — and guidance from local syrup makers, we tapped 200 birch trees and made more than five gallons of syrup. In 2018, we doubled that amount and made 10 gallons of birch syrup! The syrup we made those two years were either gifted or sold, with the proceeds going back into the camp.
In 2019, we tapped 100 trees and collected 150 gallons of sap. Members of our inclusive employment program are instrumental in the process and, with three years of experience under their belt, have become experts in syrup-making. We love being able to make the most of the natural resources our land offers and are excited to continue making syrup in the future.