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Schoolyard Sugaring

Maple Syrup & Photography Contest Results

Congratulations to our winners in the inaugural Schoolyard Sugaring Maple Syrup Contest! Below lists the top 3 placings and honorable mentions in each division. Click here for a full press release.

Elementary Division

Place School Teacher Maple Partner County
1st Wells Central School - 3rdGrade Ms. Cynthia Richardson County Cabin Maple Syrup Hamilton
2nd Radez Elementary Ms. Laura Gagnon Maple Hill Farms Schoharie
3rd Wells Central School - 4thGrade Mrs. Bovee Brower Rd Sugar House Hamilton
HM DeRuyter Central School Ms. Stephanie Locke DeRuyter FFA Madison
HM William Appleby Elementary Ms. Carrie Newkirk Ensign Family Maple Products Cortland

Middle School Division

Place School Teacher Maple Partner County
1st Attica Middle School Ms. Michelle Barber A+A Maple Wyoming
2nd Malone Middle School Ms. Kitty Eldridge   Franklin
3rd Alexandria Central School Ms. Mary McCart   Jefferson

High School Division

Place School Teacher Maple Partner County
1st Stockbridge Valley FFA Ms. Erin McCaffrey   Madison
2nd DCMO BOCES Harrold Campus Mr. Zach Whittaker   Delaware
3rd Delaware Academy FFA Mr. Mike Cipperly   Delaware
HM Pavilion Central School Ms. Catherine Johnston Happy Hill Maple Products Genesee
HM Oneida Herkimer Madison BOCES Mr. Phil Lacelle   Oneida


Photography Contest Winners

  • Elementary Elementary Sauquoit Valley Elementary
    Ms. Mary Ann Knapp
  • Middle School Middle School Malone Middle School
    Ms. Kitty Eldridge
  • High School High School Photography Contest Winner: OCM BOCES New Visions Environmental Science
    Mr. Chad DeVoe


A Maple Syrup Contest

New York Agriculture in the Classroom, in partnership with the New York State Maple Foundation, presents the first of its kind maple syrup contest for classrooms across the state. Students will experience the process of collecting sap, learn the steps to boiling the sap into maple syrup, and submit their product for judging against other schools.


Pre-K through 12th grade classes in New York State, in their respective divisions. Multiple classrooms from the same school are eligible. FFA chapters, home school groups, and private schools are invited to participate.

Elementary School, Middle School, & High School

Registration – Now Closed for 2017

New York Agriculture in the Classroom and the NYS Maple Foundation will provide the winning classroom in each division a $250 prize.

Classrooms are encouraged, but not mandated, to partner with a local maple syrup producer. The NYS Maple Foundation will assist in partnering you with a local producer.

Teachers will be provided lessons and an engaging classroom book to pair with the contest. The materials will be grade-level appropriate.


  • UPDATED! Exploring Maple Syrup Lesson
    This lesson will aide students in understanding the steps and process of turning maple sap into maple syrup, and using their senses to analyze syrup's qualities.
  • How Sweet is Maple Sap? Activity
    Through this simple to implement activity, students will learn the difference between maple sap and maple syrup.
  • Maple Videos
    Show these short, grade-appropriate videos, illustrating the many aspects of maple production. Seven videos for grades Kindergarten through 6 are available.
  • All About Maple Smart Board Activities
    Interactive presentations and activities about maple are available. Topics include maple geography, tree identification, animals in sugarbush, and more.
  • Worksheets
    Use theses great and easy to use worksheets to help reinforce maple concepts such as weather, ecosystems, the process of syrup production, and more. Available for grades Kindergarten through 6.

Middle School

High School

  • Maple Economics by NH Agriculture in the Classroom
    Students will simulate the relationship between producers and consumers while learning about the maple syrup industry in the United States and its competitors.
  • Sugar Concentration and Hydrometers by NH Agriculture in the Classroom
    Students will make and test out their own hydrometer, and use the hydrometer to test the sugar concentration of different grades of maple syrup.
  • Forest Farming Videos
    Cornell University's Dr. Mike Farrell has a collection of 12 short and exceptional videos explaining the many facets of sap collection, reverse osmosis, evaporation, filtering, grading syrup, and more. Highly recommended resource to show your students these engaging and interesting videos.

Basic Maple Information
The links below will provide you with some basic knowledge about the science behind syrup production, and methods for boiling sap to syrup.

Please direct any questions you have about this contest to Katie Carpenter, kse45@cornell.edu.

Click here to access the contest procedures and rules.