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. The West Virginia Department of Agriculture, the WV Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture Program, and Future Generations (a WV educational institution) are partnering to offer a program to help people get into the maple 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.

Bethany Boyer-Rechlin tapping out at the Dry Fork Maple Works, WV, photo credit M. Rechlin
  • A Maple Syrup Production Seminar â During the month of September and early October introductory seminars will be held at six locations throughout the State. Planned locations include: Moorefield, Huntington, Clarksburg, Wheeling, Bluefield and Welch. These are free and open to the public. For more information and locations of Maple Syrup Production Seminar's 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:
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This certificate course carries a tuition fee of $550 and is eligible for GI Bill support. A fee of $50 will be charged at the time of registration in order to access the course webpage and online content. The remainder of the fees ($500) to be paid in full on or before October 14, 2017. These fees cover books, supplies, the WVMSPA membership, the optional consultation, and all academic and lab fees. This cost does NOT cover expenses for travel, lodging, or meals during the weekend sessions in the fall or 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 producerâs 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