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Central Park (Kids 12 & Under)

Discover the delicious flavors of the wild in early spring, as you embark on a culinary adventure in Central Park. Join us for a unique experience where you'll learn to forage for wild foods and create mouthwatering dishes using nature's bounty. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to explore the world of wild foods with us!

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  • 7 - 12 years old
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  • 5th Ave & E 106th St, New York, NY
  • 4 hours

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Class Description


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

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 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.

Lemony sheep sorrel grows in sunny places. Offset its flavor, and those of the mustards, with milder-tasting greens such as violet leaves, and chickweed, also quite abundant. With the inclusion of tender, cucumber-flavored cattail shoots, you'll have the best salad you've ever eaten. And wild mushrooms, if present, will provide a gourmet side dish. We could find dryad's saddle, oyster mushrooms, or tree ears on this tour, given enough rain beforehand, sharp-eyed participants, and some luck.

Burdock root is one of the few wild root vegetables that remains in season throughout the warm weather. Add razor-thin slices to soups or rice, or marinate and slow-bake them to make "Wildman's" Vegan Beef Jerky.

And for an exotic dessert, why not stew apples or pears with sassafras, ginger, wild allspice from the common spicebush, and nuts, then add the sweet, perfumed blossoms of the wisteria vine?

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.
School Notes:
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.

Kindly note that price posted is our suggested donation only.

Refund Policy

  • Participants can cancel 2 business days before an event and get a refund less a 5% nonrefundable registration fee.
  • If the participant failed to show up in the tour or failed to notify about their absence 2 business days before the class, they will be required to pay a $25 penalty per person before being allowed on another tour.
  • In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

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    Anonymous review on 9/25/2017
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My son is 13 years old. Is it possible for him to attend this class?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! Steve has the same class for 13 years old and up. Please check the class schedule here: Hope this helps!
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"Wildman" Steve Brill

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.

His History with Foraging

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