Virginia Russell Maple Sugarbush

Tree Tapping 222 - 2008-03-05 at 01-54-39Virginia Russell, former Chair of the Sterling College Board of Trustees, is the steward of a 27 acre woodlot and pasture on the southern edge of the Sterling College campus. The woodlot includes many sugar maple trees, and is therefore known as a “Sugarbush.” Each spring, students collect sap from the maple trees, transport it to the sugarhouse on campus with help from draft horses, and boil it down into delicious maple syrup.

The Virginia Russell Sugarbush also includes a ski trail, an array of tree species, and excellent winter habitat for white-tailed deer. The western edge of the property is an open pasture that is grazed by farm animals and used for student research projects.