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The Queensway (Kids 12 & Under)

at "Wildman" Steve Brill - Elmhurst

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Elmhurst, Queens
Woodhaven Blvd
Woodhaven Blvd & Forest Park Dr
New York, New York 11373
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 7 - 12 years old
Average Class Size: 35

What you'll learn in this other kids camp class:

This tour of The Queensway and adjacent Forest Park, in Woodhaven, Queens, held in conjunction with Friends of the Queensway, will explore one of the best places for foraging in late summer. We’ll hike along a long-abandoned LIRR trackway, plus wild, wooded trails running through a large, mature forest. We'll also examine thickets and cultivated areas, all loaded with wild plants. This is the start of the nut season, and the butternut is one of the best. We'll crack these flavorful nuts open with rocks, and enjoy a treat you can't buy anywhere.

Most roots are out of season in the summer, but burdock, an expensive detoxifying herb sold in health food stores, is an exception, and it abounds in human-disturbed areas scattered throughout the trailsides, where it’s invasive. Instead of brewing it as a tea, it's so common, you cook it like potatoes, or marinate and bake it to make vegan beef jerky.

Another root that's in season is sweet cicely. This one tastes like black licorice, and it's great in dessert dishes and oatmeal. Sassafras root, the original source of root beer, stays in season all year. You use it for making tea and root beer, as the thickener for gumbo, called filé powder, and as a cinnamon-like seasoning.

Another tree we'll look for is the black birch. It grows in the woods, with twigs that taste like wintergreen, and it provides the raw material for making birch beer. You can steep the twigs in hot water to make a fabulous tea, with anti-inflammatory properties that protect you from heart disease, similar to the chemically-related aspirin. You can also thicken an apple juice decoction with agar, season and sweeten it, and create black birch Jello. Even better, use it, along with raisins, coconut milk, stevia, lemon rind, and some vanilla bean to flavor a tapioca-thickened Stick Pudding.

There are plenty of summer herbs and greens in season. We'll find mugwort, a tonic for the female reproductive system, and lamb's-quarters, which you use like its relative, spinach. We'll also be collecting Asiatic dayflower, hedge mustard, poor man's pepper, lady's thumb, and wood sorrel, all great for salads, sandwiches, and cooked vegetable dishes.

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If you can't attend the class you signed up for, please call or email "Wildman" Steve Brill a day before the start of the class. No-call/no-show creates an inconvenience to all participants since we can’t tell if absentees are having transportation issues, and this delays the start of the tour/class.

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Foraging expert Steve Brill has shared his foraging wisdom at schools, museums, parks departments, environmental organizations, and with scout troops since 1982. He’s written three books and an app, stars in a DVD and maintains a website.

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