Maple Tree Tap


Due to COVID-19 concerns we have implimented some changes to our event. Please see the event description below for details. Thank you for understanding.

Saturday, March 6, 2021
1:00pm to 4:00pm Add to Calendar

Botna Bend Park
42926 Mahogany Road
Hancock, Iowa 51536

All Ages

$3.00 Per Person Age 4 & Up

Join us for Pottawattamie Conservation's annual Maple Tree Tap event at Botna Bend Park in Hancock, Iowa on Saturday, March 6th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. This program will introduce you to the basics of syrup making from tapping the trees to bottling the final product. If temperatures are cooperative and the sap is flowing participants can even taste the sweet sap as it flows from the tree. 

Participants will enjoy different activity stations covering each step of the syrup making process from the tapping to the bottling & everything in between. This event will be held entirely outdoors, please dress for the weather & wear appropriate footwear. This event is open to participants of all ages but will include pedestrian travel over uneven surfaces, strollers are not recommended.

Cost is $3.00 per person, children age 3 & under are free & do not need a reservation. Cost includes admission to the park & all programming. Online pre-registration is required as space is limited. Pre-registration will open at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 2nd. For questions not answered online please call 712-545-3283, registrations will not be taken over the phone.

*In the event of cancellation due to inclement weather participants will be notified via the email address provided during registration.

Due to concerns regarding COVID-19 the format for this annual event has been adjusted to keep participants & staff as safe as possible.

  • This event has been moved entirely outdoors, please dress for the weather & plan accordingly
  • Attendance numbers at this event have been reduced to 25 per programming session 
  • Participants are asked to wear masks when participating in the presentation & group activities, masks may be removed during the independent butterfly netting portion
  • Tagging of all insects caught during this event will be conducted by staff & volunteers, program participants may observe from a safe distance
  • All participants must observe recommended social distancing of a minimum of 6' between themselves & other family groups/participants
  • All equipment will be sanitized between uses & there will be no sharing of equipment between family groups/participants

Thank you for understanding.

This event is not pet friendly. Please meet at the Olsen Lodge. 


Cancellation Policy

Guests may cancel their reservation for a full refund up to 1 week (7 days) prior to the program date by calling 712-545-3283 and speaking with staff directly. Cancellations received less than 1 week (7 days) in advance of the event will not be refunded. Fees for programs cancelled by PCC due to weather or other circumstances will be refunded.

2021 programming is sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation.

The Pottawattamie County Conservation Board does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or other legally protected status in its employment, programs or activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Human Resource Director 227 South 6th Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51501.

Map to Maple Tree Tap

Join us September 17th through October 1st for exclusive video content & amazing auction items & show your support for the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation. 

Register online today!