Maple Sugaring Season at The Polish Mission!

Welcome to the splash page for all things maple syrup at The Polish Mission.  2018 is our second season of maple sugaring at the historic campus of the Orchard Lake Schools!  Armed with a permit from the fire department, every scrap of firewood we can get our hands on, and a single precious 5/16″ drill bit, The Polish Mission is proud to offer a historical process demonstration of this distinctly American tradition to our community and students.  We’re especially glad to acquaint this quintessential American custom with our students and seminarians from Poland, and OVERJOYED to have some awesome partners this year: the West Bloomfield Parks & Recreation Commission, The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society, and the Copperhead Craft Guild.

Please join us on Sunday, March 11, for our big Maple Brunch! You won’t find better flapjacks anywhere,m and it’s easy to register! Just go here:

If you’d like to come by for a visit on an alternate Friday or Saturday, just check our schedule below, and come by (no flapjacks though). To book a group tour, please contact JJ Przewozniak by calling (248) 738-6720, or emailing

Click here for all the photos from last year’s pioneer maple program!

Click here to download a campus map

Event parking: guests may park in lot 13b (Commerce Rd. parking), or in the lot by building 15 (dining hall). Program begins at the fire pit near building 10 (Victorian House). Maple brunch and educational displays will be at the dining hall following the outdoor program (March 11 only). Keep a sharp eye–signs will be posted!

Remember, 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.

Maple tours and demonstration dates:

  • Fri-Sat. March 9, 10 (10 am – 4 pm): CONFIRMED 

  • Sun. March 11 Maple Brunch (12 noon, 1 pm, 2pm): CONFIRMED

  • Fri-Sat. March 16, 17 (10 am – 4 pm): PENDING

  • Fri-Sat. March 23, 24 (10 am – 4 pm): PENDING 

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.