Maple Sap Collection and Syrup Processing

Interested in the sustainable use of one of our "untapped" forest resources? Interested in income generation and entrepreneurship? This certificate course in Maple Sap Collection and Syrup Processing will lead you along your way to joining the growing sap and syrup industry in West Virginia. Future Generations University is partnering with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, the WV Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture Program to offer this program designed to help people get into the maple syrup business. Although designed with the special needs of WV veterans in mind, this program is open to all interested in maple.


This certificate is a collaborative partnership between the WV Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture, the WV Department of Agriculture, and Future Generations University.

Bethany Boyer-Rechlin tapping out at the Dry Fork Maple Works, WV, photo credit M. Rechlin
  • A Maple Syrup Production Seminar - During the month of September and early October introductory seminars will be held at six locations throughout the State. Planned locations include: Charleston, Bluefield, Huntington, Clay, and Moorefield. These are free and open to the public. For more information and locations of Maple Syrup Production Seminars please click here.
  • Maple Sap Collection and Syrup Processing Certificate Course - This is a credit bearing certificate course offered through Future Generations.
    The course includes:
    • Four weeks of online instruction
    • Two weekends of field practice October 20th-21st and November 4th-5th
    • Mentoring with a local maple syrup maker
To stay updated on course planning and required readings and documents, please click here.

This certificate course is open to the general public for a cost of $655.00 that includes

  • A registration fee of $50.00, charged at the time of registration in order to access the course webpage and online content
  • A certificate Cost of $400.00
  • A residential Fee of $205.00, this includes food and stay at two weekend residentials

Qualified West Virginia Veterans will be eligible for funding through the WV Department of Veterans Affairs Re Education Act. This certificate is also GI Bill eligible for veterans located outside of West Virginia. The remainder of the balance($629) will be charged in two installments, the first of which must be paid no later than October 14th. These fees cover books, the WVMSPA membership, the optional consultation, all academic and lab fees, and residential fees. This cost does NOT cover expenses for travel to or from weekend sessions in the fall or travel, lodging, or meals during the internship/mentoring in the spring.

This certificate requires you to travel to two full weekend sessions during the fall to be held in West Virginia. The certificate also requires travel to a local producer's land for four work sessions during the spring 2018 maple syrup season for your internship
Mike Rechlin at an evaporator at the Mason Hollow sugarbush, Grafton, IL, photo credit G. Cooke

The program will be taught by Dr. Mike Rechlin, member of the West Virginia Maple Syrup Producers Association Board of Directors, Author of Maple Syrup: An Introduction to the Science of a Forest Treasure, and WVDA Commodity Technical Assistant.

Click Here: how to create an account and register for the course