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Forest Park (Kids 12 & Under)

Join Violet Brill, America's go-to gal for foraging, as she leads a fascinating tour through Forest Park. Discover an abundance of gourmet plants and learn how to identify, harvest, and use them ecologically. Don't miss this opportunity to explore the park's natural wonders and expand your knowledge of wild plants.

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  • 7 - 12 years old
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  • Union Turnpike & Park Ln, New York, NY
  • 4 hours

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

Forest Park is one of the best places for foragers in mid-spring. Get lost in this vast park, and you'll have plenty to eat (that is, if you can distinguish the gourmet plants from the deadly ones.) It boasts a large, mature, secondary growth forest, trail edges, thickets, and cultivated areas—all overflowing with wild plants, and Violet Brill, America's go-to gal for foraging, will teach you how to identify, harvest ecologically, and use dozens of them.

Burdock, an expensive detoxifying herb sold in health food stores, for example, abounds near the playgrounds we'll be passing after we begin the tour. The cooked root tastes like a smoky combination of potatoes and artichokes, and you can use the parboiled and peeled immature stems like artichokes too.

Meeting location is at the stone wall at Forest Park Drive and Park Lane (not Park Lane South), near the Park Dept.'s Overlook Building, 8030 Park Lane, in Kew Gardens. Don't go to the Woodhaven or Richmond Hill sides of the park!

Notes:

  • Participants should be dressed for the weather, and be aware of very bad subway service.
  • Trains are often cancelled 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. Dogs are permitted.
  • Children are encouraged to attend.
  • There's no smoking whatsoever at any time.

Children are encouraged to attend my tours and learn more about the planet they inhabit. If people own well-behaved dogs, they’re welcome on the tours too. (Mosquitoes and ticks are not welcome!)

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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Hello! Can a parent accompany a kid?
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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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At the stone wall at the corner of Forest Park Drive and Park Lane, not Park Lane South, in Kew Gardens, near the Parks Dept.'s Overlook Building, not at the Woodhaven side of the park.

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