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Fifth Grade Scientists Tap in to Nature

Kirk Robertson’s fifth grade science classes braved the elements and hiked into the woods on McDonogh's campus during the second week of February. But they weren't just taking a brisk nature walk through the snow. Robertson was teaching his students how to identify and tap maple trees for sap. Students learned how to properly retap a tree, how to drill to the correct depth, and how to install the tap. Over the next few weeks, classes will return to collect their buckets with the hope of having enough sap to begin the process of turning it into syrup. Read more about tapping the maple trees in the Winter 2021 issue of McDonogh Magazine.