ST. CHARLES – People will discover the sweet secret of how to turn tree sap into syrup and will be able to try samples in the Maple Café from noon to 3 p.m. March 7 and 8, when the Forest Preserve District of Kane County hosts Maple Sugaring Days in St. Charles.

Naturalists will demonstrate how to tap a maple tree, and participants will have the opportunity to try drilling and setting a tap, a news release stated. Sap will simmer over an open fire as it thickens to syrup. Visitors can join a hike to learn how to distinguish maples from other species of hardwood trees.

They can drop into the Maple Café to taste pure, local syrup. Ice cream to drizzle maple syrup on, hot chocolate and coffee will be available for purchase. Plus, Creek Bend Nature Center will be open for visitors to enjoy interactive exhibits and make a craft to take home.

No registration is required for the family-friendly program. Creek Bend Nature Center is in the LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve at 37W700 Dean St.

For information on Maple Sugaring Days, call 630-444-3190 visit See the calendar page for related events both days at the Durant House Museum.