Central Park (Teens/Adults)

at "Wildman" Steve Brill - Central Park

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Sun, Aug 25, 11:45am - 3:45pm

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Location:
Central Park, Manhattan
Central Park W & W 72nd St
At Central Park W
New York, New York 10023
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 13 and older
Average Class Size: 35

What you'll learn in this nature class:

March 24, 2019

Central Park provides a great window into the world of wild foods of early spring. It's the start of the season for wild salad greens, and we'll be finding great quantities of these weedy delicacies. Pungent field garlic is everywhere. You use the leaves like scallions or chives, and the bulbs like onions. Spicy mustard greens, such as poor man's pepper, hedge mustard, hairy bittercress, and garlic mustard, pops up on lawns left and right.

April 6, 2019

Central Park provides a great window into the world of wild foods in early spring. Making a meal with these plants is simple at this time. For an appetizer, try simmering field garlic bulbs in diluted vinegar with Italian seasonings to make an outstanding pickle.

It's the peak of the season for wild greens, and we'll be finding large quantities of wild leafy vegetables. Spicy mustard greens, such as poor man's pepper, hedge mustard, and garlic mustard may pop up on lawns and along pathways anywhere. Daylily shoots will be at their peak. With their onion-string bean flavor, they're as good in salads as they are in any kind of savory dish.

April 27, 2019

Central Park provides a great window into the world of wild foods atthe transition of early- and mid-spring. Making a meal with these plants is simple at this time of the year.

For an appetizer, try simmering field garlic bulbs in diluted vinegar with Italian seasonings, to make an outstanding pickle. It's the peak of the season for wild salad greens, and we'll be finding large quantities of leafy, green ingredients. Spicy mustard greens, such as garlicky garlic mustard, hot hedge mustard, even hotter poor man's pepper, and still more pungent field pennycress, abound alongside the paths throughout the park.

May 19, 2019

Central Park provides a great window into the world of wild foods of mid- to late spring. It's the peak of the season for wild salad greens, and we'll be finding great quantities of ingredients: Spicy mustard greens, such as garlicky garlic mustard, hot hedge mustard, and even hotter poor man's pepper, will abound on lawns or under trees anywhere, and lemony sheep sorrel thrives in sunny places. Offset their flavors in a salad with milder-tasting greens such as violet leaves, lamb's-quarters, Asiatic dayflower, and chickweed, also quite abundant. With the inclusion of tender, cucumber-flavored cattail shoots, you'll have the best salad you've ever eaten.

Wild mushrooms, if present, will provide a gourmet side dish. We could find fairy ring mushrooms, wine-cap stropharias, or chicken mushrooms on this tour, especially if there have been days of heavy rain beforehand.

June 15, 2019

Central Park, always a great park for foraging, is spectacular in late spring. The wild fruits alone make the park worth visiting. Two species of mulberries, red and white, and their pink hybrid, drop berries everywhere. You only need to position a drop cloth under a branch and shake, to harvest a year's supply. These berries are perfect in any fruit recipe. They make great jam, and they freeze well too. When the bushes get full sunlight, the juneberries (serviceberries) are also spectacular. With a sweet flavor like blueberries, apples, and almonds, it's a testament to our disregard for nature that no one ever cultivated this top-notch fruit.

June 29, 2019

Central Park, always a great park for foraging, is spectacular in late spring. The fruits alone make the park worth visiting. Two species of mulberries, red and white, and their pink hybrid, drop berries everywhere. You only need to position a drop cloth under a branch and shake, to harvest a year's supply. These berries are perfect in any fruit recipe. They make great jam, and they freeze well too.

When the bushes get full sunlight, the juneberries (serviceberries) are also spectacular. With a sweet flavor like blueberries, apples, and almonds, it's a testament to our disregard for nature that no one has ever cultivated this top-notch fruit.

July 28, 2019

Central Park provides a great window into the world of wild foods of mid-summer. Wild herbs and greens will be plentiful. Spicy mustard greens, such as poor man's pepper and hedge mustard will wake up your palate. Add them to a salad with sweet-and-sour, crunchy purslane, string bean-flavored Asiatic dayflower, spinach-flavored lamb's quarters, and sour wood- or sheep sorrel, and you'll have the best and most healthful salad you've ever eaten. Medicinal and culinary herbs such as epazote and ground ivy will be abundant as well.

August 10, 2019

Thanks to its varied habitats and combination of native and introduced species, this world-famous park overflows with wild food in mid-summer.

Wild fruit far surpassing anything available commercially also fills the park. Thickets will still be lined with such sweet, juicy European cut-leaf blackberries, you'll forget all about your iPhone!

This is also the peak of the season for black cherries. This native species bears small, round, addictive, bittersweet fruits—great sweetened, thickened, and cooked into desserts.

Cornelian cherries, fruits of a dogwood species that taste like plums, grow throughout the park, and they're just as good as they're abundant, elderberry bushes, prized in Europe but ignored in America (where no one respects their elders), grow in plain sight, completely overlooked. There's even a wild peach tree, with fruit at the peak of their ripeness, growing on a hillside along the lake.

August 25, 2019

Thanks to its varied habitats and combination of native and introduced species, this world-famous park overflows with wild food.

Wild fruit far surpassing anything available commercially also fills the park. Thickets will still be lined with such sweet, juicy European cut-leaf blackberries, you'll forget all about your iPhone! This is also the season for black cherries. This native species bears small, round, addictive, bittersweet fruits—great sweetened, thickened, and cooked into desserts. Cornelian cherries, fruits of a Turkish dogwood species that taste like plums, and grow just North of The Delacourt Theater, and tasty heritage apples grow across the drive from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. They’re just as good, and even more abundant.

Please Note:
  • Participants should be dressed for the weather, and be aware of very bad subway service. Trains are often canceled due to track work.
  • No sandals (there are mosquitoes, thorns and poison ivy). Everyone should have plastic bags for veggies and herbs, paper bags for mushrooms, which spoil in
  • Plastic, containers for berries from late spring through fall, water and lunch, and extra layers when it's cold. Digging implements and pocket knives are optional.
  • Please bring plastic bags for vegetables and herbs, paper bags for mushrooms, drinking water, and a pen (to sign in).
  • Dogs are permitted. Children are encouraged to attend.
  • There's no smoking whatsoever at any time.
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Question from Wendy
Do I need to purchase a ticket for 7 year old?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Wendy! Steve loves having kids on his tours. It’s half-price for them (you'll pay it at the location) and he would like to know in advance if you're coming with a kid. By the way, the books which Steve brings on all tours where he can park near the meeting place, are free for kids. Hope this helps!
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Is it okay to bring a child? And when is the best time to go?
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Hi there! Yes, you can bring a child and as its the peak of the season, so it's a good time to go.
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Reviews of Classes at "Wildman" Steve Brill (78)

(78 Reviews)
Central Park (Teens/Adults)
Reviewed by marisa F. on 5/27/2019
It was the best ever course I had done, I learned a lot about foraging, I advise anyone to do so, there are lots of things to forage in the park anywhere and Steve Brill is the best, very knowledgable funny a true comediante, I sure will go to others foraging trips with him again
Central Park (Teens/Adults)
Reviewed by Molly H. on 10/8/2018
Fabulous! He’s great with kids and super knowledgeable. Would do it again
Central Park (Teens/Adults)
Reviewed by Anonymous on 9/25/2017
Class was great! Instructor was extremely knowledgable and had a sense of humor (sometimes a little "yuck yuck" but hey he was trying). Appreciated that he went through the plants on nutritional properties, as well as medicinal. With recipes and sometimes snacks to boot. I would love to do it again in another season to see what else is up there in Central Park.
Central Park (Teens/Adults)
Reviewed by Gideon G. on 8/29/2017
My wife and I are glad that we took this tour and recommend it highly. Around 25 people participated in our tour, which meant we were sometimes standing in the back row, but Mr. Brill and his daughter spoke loudly and clearly, and showed photos and sketches on an iPad and notebook in addition to passing around samples of each plant, so everyone was able to hear the explanations of the various flora we encountered. Mr. Brill is an entertaining and informative guide with a knack for story-telling and he was popular with the kids on our tour, of which there were a half-dozen. The kids also enjoyed running around with Mr. Brill's daughter looking for berries or tossing a ball while their elders plodded along the trails. The walking itself was not strenuous - several participants even brought baby strollers - but there were a few staircases to navigate. After the tour, Mr. Brill offered some of his books for sale, and we purchased two of them: one about foraging with kids, and one about edible plants of the New York area.
Central Park (Teens/Adults)
Reviewed by Carol J. on 7/17/2017
"Wildman" Steve Brill was a wonderful guide. He has a lot of patience and wealth of knowledge to share about native plants. Take his class if you are curious about your native world and be prepared to bring home and cook a lot of fascinating plants.
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