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Sunken Meadow State Park (Kids 12 & Under)

Join us for a unique foraging experience at Sunken Meadow State Park, where we'll discover a variety of wild foods including blackberries, black cherries, elderberries, edible seaweeds, and more. Explore the park's cultivated areas, seashore, and woods as you learn about the culinary potential of these natural treasures.

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  • Sunken Meadow Park - Kings Park, LI, Kings Park, NY
  • 3 hours

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  • $10/person
  • 3 hours
  • Kings Park, LI at The benches between the Sunken Meadow Park bathhouse and Parking Field #1.
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What you'll learn in this other kids camp class:

This is an outstanding park for foragers in mid-summer. We'll explore cultivated areas, the seashore, and woods, all in one day. 

The most spectacular find in this park grows within sight of the ocean. Dozens of blackberry bushes in nearby thickets provide thousands of exquisitely delicious berries. Smaller than their commercial counterparts, and more seedy, they taste so much better, they'll make you forget all about your iPhone!

This won't be the only wild fruit. Black cherries will be at their peak, and we may also be able to harvest common elderberries on the hillsides overlooking the seashore.

There will also be edible seaweeds in The Sound. Irish moss, which is used as a commercial thickener in cosmetics and ice cream, also makes great puddings. Rockweed is excellent in soups or added to mock seafood dishes. You can also bake it into chips. You'll love it even if you're a jazz fan! Diaphanous green sea lettuce is superb sautéed with garlic, and you can even candy it.

Everyone who tastes it loves sea rocket, a spicy, succulent mustard green that grows only on sandy shores. At this time of year it tastes like its relative, wasabi.

Other great wild foods grow away from the sand. The common spicebush and sassafras both abound along the edges of the nearby woods, as does the northern bayberry bush, which grows in thickets close to the shore as well. We may find herbs and greens such as sheep sorrel, wood sorrel, Asiatic dayflower, field garlic, yarrow, and mullein, which grow also along the edges of trails or in fields, ready for harvesting.

If there has been sufficient rain beforehand, there may also be lots of choice gourmet mushrooms in the woods. We'll look for huge chicken mushrooms, savory boletes, delicate gem-studded puffballs, and unbelievably tasty chanterelles.

Meeting place:

The 3-hour foraging tour of Sunken Meadow Park meets at the benches between the bathhouse and the adjacent parking field, #1. 

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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"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.

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