Maple Syrup Season at The Polish Mission!

Welcome to the splash page for all things maple syrup at The Polish Mission.  2017 is the first time in 100 years that maple syrup will be made at the historic campus of the Orchard Lake Schools!  Armed with a permit from the fire department, over 110 gallons of sweet sap so far (215 gallons as of March 4th), and every scrap of firewood we can get our hands on, The Polish Mission is proud to offer a historical process demonstration of this distinctly American tradition to our students and community.  We’re especially glad to acquaint this quintessential American custom with our students and seminarians from Poland.  Contact JJ Przewozniak by calling (248) 738-6720, or emailing to book a group tour, or more information.

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These programs are weather- and sap- dependent.  Once the sap comes out of the tree, the warm weather causes it to go bad quickly.  Please note that if winds are over 10 mph, we cannot do the program.

UPDATE Saturday, March 4th: Sap run is over; no more fresh sap!  We will use our reserve until it’s gone!

Maple tours and demonstration dates:

  • Friday. March 3 (9:00 am – 4:00 pm): CONFIRMED

  • Friday, March 10 (9:00 am – 4:00 pm): PENDING CONFIRMED

  • Friday, March 17 (9:00 am – 4:00 pm): PENDING CONFIRMED

  • Friday, March 24 (9:00 am – 4:00 pm): PENDING CANCELLED DUE TO WARM WEATHER

  • Friday March 31 (9:00 am – 4:00 pm): PENDING CANCELLED DUE TO WARM WEATHER


Applicable High School Essential Content Standards and Expectations (HSCE):

Below is a list of content standards and expectations applicable to the program “Maple Syrup Season at The Polish Mission.”

Grade Levels 9-12: Biological Science

  • Standard B1: Inquiry, Reflection, and Social Implication
  • B1.1: Scientific Inquiry
  • B1.1A Generate new questions that can be investigated in the laboratory or field.
  • B1.1C Conduct scientific investigations using appropriate tools and techniques (e.g., selecting an instrument that measures the desired quantity—length, volume, weight, time interval, temperature—with the appropriate level of precision).
  • B1.1E Describe a reason for a given conclusion using evidence from an investigation.
  • B1.1g Use empirical evidence to explain and critique the reasoning used to draw a scientific conclusion or explanation
  • Standard B3: Interdependence of Living Systems and the Environment
  • L3.p1: Populations, Communities, and Ecosystems (prerequisite)
  • L3.p1A Provide examples of a population, community, and ecosystem. (prerequisite)
  • L3.p3: Factors Influencing Ecosystems (prerequisite)
  • B3.1: Photosynthesis and Respiration
  • B3.1A Describe how organisms acquire energy directly or indirectly from sunlight.