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Discover hidden treasures in nature with foraging classes in NYC. Learn how to identify edible plants and mushrooms, and gain the skills to confidently gather wild food for a unique culinary experience.

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Central Park (Teens/Adults)

"Wildman" Steve Brill @ 5th Ave & E 106th St, New York, NY

Embark on a culinary adventure through the abundant wilderness of mid-spring, where you'll discover a treasure trove of vibrant flavors and textures. From spicy mustard greens to tender cattail shoots, create an unforgettable salad experience using wild ingredients found in Central Park. Unleash your inner gourmet as you explore the hidden gems of nature's pantry.

(176) All levels 13 and older
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Central Park (Kids 12 & Under)

"Wildman" Steve Brill @ 5th Ave & E 106th St, New York, NY

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!

(176) All levels 7 - 12 years old
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Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

"Wildman" Steve Brill @ Prospect Park - Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

Discover the hidden culinary treasures of Prospect Park as you learn to identify and harvest edible and medicinal plants, mushrooms, and berries. Join us for a unique foraging experience led by an expert guide. Don't miss out on this opportunity to explore the park's natural wonders and enhance your knowledge of wild foods.

(176) All levels 13 and older
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Prospect Park (Kids 12 & Under)

"Wildman" Steve Brill @ Prospect Park - Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

Discover the wild flavors of Prospect Park as you forage for spicy hedge mustard, corn-flavored chickweed, and spinach-flavored lamb quarters. Join us for a unique culinary adventure in the heart of Brooklyn's natural oasis.

(176) All levels 7 - 12 years old
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Foraged Medicine & Wild Weeds Walk

Remedies Herb Shop @ Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY

Embark on a botanical journey through Prospect Park with herbalist Dawn Petter to uncover the hidden treasures of native plants used for food and medicine. Explore the medicinal benefits of urban wilds, delve into plant identification, and witness the early seasonal transformations of our weedy companions. Join us for an enlightening experience in the heart of nature's pharmacy.

(137) All levels 12 and older
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Sunken Meadow State Park (Teens/Adults)

"Wildman" Steve Brill @ Sunken Meadow Park - Kings Park, LI, Kings Park, NY

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.

(176) All levels 13 and older
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Croton Aqueduct (Teens/Adults)

"Wildman" Steve Brill @ Cedar St, Dobbs Ferry, NY

Discover the best edible wild plants of early spring on this unique tour led by Violet Brill. Learn about, collect, and enjoy some of our most common and tasty renewable species in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Dress for the weather and bring bags for your finds, as well as water and lunch.

(176) All levels 13 and older
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Sunken Meadow State Park (Kids 12 & Under)

"Wildman" Steve Brill @ Sunken Meadow Park - Kings Park, LI, Kings Park, NY

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.

(176) All levels 7 - 12 years old
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Saxon Woods (Teens/Adults)

"Wildman" Steve Brill @ Saxon Woods Park Parking lot, White Plains, NY

Discover the hidden flavors of nature in Saxon Woods with an expert forager. Unearth the delectable tastes of wild herbs and greens, from tangy sheep sorrel to peppery mustard. Join us on this flavorful adventure and expand your culinary horizons.

(176) All levels 13 and older
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Belmont Lake State Park (Teens/Adults)

"Wildman" Steve Brill @ 625 Belmont Ave, North Babylon, NY

Discover the hidden treasures of nature in late fall at a scenic location near North Babylon, NY. Uncover the delicious autumn olive berries, lemon-flavored sorrel, and seafood-flavored oyster mushrooms. Join us for a unique foraging experience that will awaken your taste buds and connect you with the bounties of the wild.

(176) All levels 13 and older
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Belmont Lake State Park (Kids 12 & Under)

"Wildman" Steve Brill @ 625 Belmont Ave, North Babylon, NY

Discover the hidden delights of a little-known park and embark on a three-hour foraging adventure, unearthing a variety of wild foods. From lemony sheep sorrel to spicy hairy bittercress, this unique tour offers a chance to explore the flavors of nature. Join us for an unforgettable culinary experience amidst the beauty of Belmont Lake State Park.

(176) All levels 1 - 12 years old
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Cunningham Park (Kids 12 & Under)

"Wildman" Steve Brill @ 19600 Union Tpke, Fresh Meadows, NY

This underappreciated urban park has enough habitat variety and plant species to keep foragers busy for days. We'll highlight those species in season as summer fades into fall, in conjunction with The Down to Earth Farmer's Market. The event begins with a wild demo at the market, before we set off into the woods, thickets, and fields that make up the park. The park is a great place for wild fruit, and plenty of species are ripe at...

(176) All levels 7 - 12 years old
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Cunningham Park (Teens/Adults)

"Wildman" Steve Brill @ 19600 Union Tpke, Fresh Meadows, NY

This underappreciated urban park has enough habitat variety and plant species to keep foragers busy for days. We'll highlight those species in season as summer fades into fall, in conjunction with The Down to Earth Farmer's Market. The event begins with a wild demo at the market, before we set off into the woods, thickets, and fields that make up the park. The park is a great place for wild fruit, and plenty of species are ripe at...

(176) All levels 13 and older
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Sheldrake Lake (Teens/Adults)

"Wildman" Steve Brill @ 685 Weaver St, Larchmont, NY

The 17-year-old foraging expert had been co-leading tours with her dad, "Wildman" Steve Brill, since she was 9. "I'm glad to be rid of her," exclaimed her grumpy father. "She finds all the plants and mushrooms faster than I do, she bosses me around, and she steals all my jokes!" Sheldrake Lake is great for early spring foraging. Right out of the parking lot, the group will collect garlic mustard, a nutritious, tasty, invasive, garlicky green with...

(176) All levels 13 and older
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A Day of Foraging and Mushroom Hunting in the Catskills

Remedies Herb Shop

Foraging Extraordinaire Paul Tappenden and mycologist/mushroom enthusiast John Michelotti will be leading us in 2 walks where you'll learn how to identify and sustainably harvest the wild plants and mushrooms of the season. The day will culminate in an communal meal using the herbs, plants and fungi that we gather during the day. Paul will further discuss how to prepare and cook some of the foods that we gather. SCHEDULE 10:45-11:00am - Quick Welcome...

(137) All levels 12 and older
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$125
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Fungi and Plant Foraging Walk and Medicinal Tincture

Remedies Herb Shop

Join John Michelotti from Catskill Fungi and Cheryl Boiko owner of Remedies Herb Shop in Brooklyn and Woodstock for a foraging walk and tincture making workshop, up in the beautiful Catskill Mountains! John will share his endless enthusiasm and expertise of the fungal world as we explore the woods and in the afternoon he will take us through the process of making a mushroom tincture for you to take home. As we wander, Cheryl will guide you on the...

(137) All levels 12 and older
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Jack Harrington Greenway (Kids 12 & Under)

"Wildman" Steve Brill @ 43 Gedney Way, White Plains, NY

This scenic woodland trail, running between houses in a residential area, is a great place for foraging in early spring. Participants will see many common, renewable shoots, greens, flowers, roots, and mushrooms that abound here during the foraging tour. Of course, one of the first things you'll learn will be violets. The flowers are long gone, but sweet, mild leaves, which come up again in late fall, are great in salads, or cooked in any recipe...

(176) All levels 1 - 12 years old
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Sheldrake Lake (Kids 12 & Under)

"Wildman" Steve Brill @ 685 Weaver St, Larchmont, NY

The 17-year-old foraging expert had been co-leading tours with her dad, "Wildman" Steve Brill, since she was 9. "I'm glad to be rid of her," exclaimed her grumpy father. "She finds all the plants and mushrooms faster than I do, she bosses me around, and she steals all my jokes!" Sheldrake Lake is great for early spring foraging. Right out of the parking lot, the group will collect garlic mustard, a nutritious, tasty, invasive, garlicky green with...

(176) All levels 1 - 12 years old
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Hempstead Lake State Park (Teens/Adults)

"Wildman" Steve Brill

Discover the bountiful and edible wonders of Hempstead Lake State Park in West Hempstead, NY. Join us for a unique foraging experience amidst diverse habitats, as we explore the abundance of nutritious and delicious plants like sassafras, chickweed, hairy bittercress, and field garlic. Uncover the flavors of nature and unleash your inner wildman/wildwoman.

(176) All levels 13 and older
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Hempstead Lake State Park (Kids 12 & Under)

"Wildman" Steve Brill

Explore the abundant and edible plants of Hempstead Lake State Park in this unique course. Discover the delicious flavors and medicinal properties of various shoots, greens, and flowers found in the park's diverse habitats. Expand your culinary repertoire with sassafras, chickweed, hairy bittercress, and more.

(176) All levels 7 - 12 years old
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Reviews for Foraging Classes in NYC

Foraging Classes in NYC are rated 4.6 stars based on 313 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

    Anonymous review on 10/31/2023
    Wildman Steve is a quite the character, but a devoted and invaluable resource for learning about the world around us! Highly recommend this insightful and surprisingly affordable experience.
  • Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

    Anonymous review on 10/8/2023
    It was great class and teacher! However please check hus website for the actual info of the class! Meeting location is the same but the time is probably different! Definitely worth it, he was very knowledgeable and funny!
  • Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

    Anonymous review on 5/29/2023
    Steve and Violet were immensely knowledgeable and I recommend this walk to anyone curious about connecting with the plants in their path. As an amateur forager, I left with several new plant allies to name and work with as food and medicine. Disclaimer: brace yourself for some seriously corny jokes :-)
  • Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

    Anonymous review on 3/19/2023
    wildman steve brill is an incredible teacher & entertainer! we had a blast learning about edible (& inedible) plants right here in nyc
  • Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

    Anonymous review on 3/19/2023
    Comprehensive and informative, really cool practical knowledge and fun guidance!
  • Foraged Medicine & Wild Weeds Walk

    Reviewed by Jordan C. on 10/24/2022
    Dawn was so informative, engaging, and lovely! Definitely recommend for anyone who is interested in learning about local NYC plants and medicinal herbs.
  • Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

    Anonymous review on 10/4/2022
    This could not have been any better. Mr. Wildman is about as entertaining and informative as any instructor ever. Bring a friend and take a walk around the park eating the edible plants you walk past un-knowingly every day. Make sure to bring water and a lunch unless you want to subsist on gout weed alone! Bring a plastic or paper bag if you want to keep some plants for recipes. We made a great pesto from the greens we collected.
  • Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

    Reviewed by cathy b. on 9/9/2022
    Wildman Steve is a wonderful naturalist and guide. He shared so much with us, lore, botany, stories, herbalism. I learned a lot. I have been very eager to learn about foraging and he set me up.
  • Central Park (Teens/Adults)

    Reviewed by ellen b. on 8/29/2022
    Loved it. But I think there were too many people. Walks should be smaller
  • Central Park (Teens/Adults)

    Reviewed by sabina H. on 8/29/2022
    this was so much fun! recommend to everyone who loves nature

Discover the Best Foraging Classes in NYC

Do you like being outside and seeing everything that New York City has to offer? Foraging could be a great way for you to gain awareness about your surroundings and engage your mind and body in a new way. In case you do not already know, foraging is defined as the act of gathering wild food from the environment around you for free. While you have probably seen foraging on social media, our ancestors relied on foraging as simply a part of their daily lives. For example, during World War II, it was extremely common to collect wild rose hips to make a syrup that could supplement vitamin C intake when the importation of fruits such as oranges was restricted. Learning more about foraging can help you learn more about your environment, but also about yourself.

Why You Should Learn Foraging in NYC

You should learn foraging in New York City because it gets you outdoors and allows you to familiarize yourself with and explore the world around you. You can also use foraging as a hobby that gives you relief from stress that is caused by work or school. Foraging allows you to be productive during your free time and it might even mean spending less money at the grocery store. If you want to share your bounty with others, you can forage for friends or loved ones and all enjoy what you find.

There is a large community of foragers all over the world, and once you understand the basics of foraging, it might be a good idea to research local clubs, groups, events, and organizations where you can meet others who are passionate about foraging. Some people in these groups even forage on a full time basis for top restaurants. Just remember that most people who are in a foraging group are experienced in the skill and most likely not looking to teach beginners, unless the group states specifically that it is a space in which you can learn.

Foraging may not get you a spot working at a top restaurant, but it may translate to a love of the outdoors that could teach you employable skills. If you find you enjoy foraging, you might also enjoy gardening or landscaping, which are skills you can learn and put on your resume. If you can forage enough, you could easily sell what you find as a side hustle, or build a following on social media based off of your foraging and earn money that way.

In-Person Foraging Classes & Schools in NYC

If you are looking to attend an in-person foraging class in New York City, CourseHorse has a variety of classes so you can find the one that is best for you. For example, you can attend Foraged Medicine & Wild Weeds Walk, which is put on by Remedies Herb Shop in the borough of Brooklyn. This class will help you familiarize yourself with local plants and weeds that have healing properties, and you will learn how to identify and wildcraft them. 

Central Park (Teens/Adults) is hosted by “Wildman” Steve Brill and is intended for foragers of all levels. In this class, you learn how to find many wild foods and renewable ingredients, including but not limited to spicy mustard greens. Prospect Park (Teens/Adults) is another “Wildman” Steve Brill offering, this time in Brooklyn. This class helps you learn to identify an abundance of edible and medicinal wild plants and mushrooms native to the area. Brill also hosts foraging courses in his Saxon Woods (Teens/Adults), Belmont Lake State Park (Teens/Adults), Croton Aqueduct (Teens/Adults), Inwood Hill Park (Teens/Adults), Forest Park (Teens/Adults) courses.

Dyeing with Nature happens at Better Than Jam’s Store & Studio in Brooklyn. This class teaches you how to use natural materials that you can forage from the world around you to dye fabrics with lasting colors.

Bundle Dyeing with Floral Fauna Food and Rust happens at Better Than Jam’s Store & Studio in Brooklyn. This course will teach you how to bundle dye fabric using colors that you have foraged from nature.

Better Than Jam’s Store & Studio in Brooklyn hosts Science of Natural Dyes; intensive over two sessions. This class will teach you the history behind using all-natural dye as well as how to forage for your own dyeing materials.

Virtual Foraging Classes & Schools

Taking a virtual foraging class can be a good way to learn foraging skills, especially if you do not live in an area where in-person foraging classes are offered. When you take an online foraging class, you can learn from just about anywhere, including your home or an outdoor space, such as your backyard or a park. There is no commute to and from an online foraging class, which saves you time and money. Remember that if you take an online foraging class, you will most likely have to provide any required materials or equipment. Foraging may require some materials that you have around your home already or that you can purchase at a low cost. Your instructor should give you a list of all required materials so that you know what to buy.

If you are interested in taking online foraging classes, CourseHorse can help you find an offering that matches your needs. For example, Winter Foraging: Barks, Roots, and Buds is offered online via Zoom and is appropriate for all skill levels. This course will teach you about the different edible parts of plants to look out for, and how you can keep your connection to nature going all year long. 

Edible Spring Weeds and Flowers: Online is another online via Zoom class that any skill level will enjoy. This course helps you uncover the culinary delicacies of edible flowers and weeds that appear in spring, and will teach you how to identify them.

Foraging for Health and Immunity is a virtual class that will teach you how to boost your health and immune system with local plants. You will discover the most common wild foods, medicinal plants, and edible flowers.

Marvelous Mints is offered online via Zoom and will teach you everything you need to know about the mint family of plants. In this class you will learn herbal remedies that go beyond just peppermint and lavender, and into the more than 6000 species that mint has to offer.

Edible Containers is a virtual experience that you can take anywhere. This class focuses on the increasing interest in growing your own food in a home garden or your backyard, and shows you the value of container growing for fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Container Gardening with Native Plants is offered online via Zoom and will show you how to adapt native plants to container growth. There are plenty of plants in your area that will help you create a small oasis on your patio, balcony, or porch.

Natural Pest and Disease Control for Edibles is an online class provided by UW Botanic Gardens. This class guides you through the keys to success of prevention, observation, and patience, so you can choose plants that will resist pests and diseases. You will also learn how to treat pests and diseases when they arise.

Lastly, Plan Your Pollinator Victory Garden for Spring is a virtual class that will teach you how to create appropriate habitat and forage for pollinator species. This course provides you with knowledge about simple strategies and appropriate native plants for pollinators.

Private Group Foraging Classes in NYC

If you want to schedule a foraging class as a fun team-building event for your business or organization, CourseHorse offers foraging classes for private groups online that they can deliver to you in a live online format. If you do not see a group class that interests you listed publicly on their website, CourseHorse can provide a different class for your group. Reach out through the contact form on their website to learn about all available options. When you book with CourseHorse you get a multitude of benefits, including the ability to change your group size after booking if necessary. You will also receive a confirmation within 24 hours of your booking, and there are no extra booking fees. Finally, CourseHorse private group classes are supported on multiple platforms, so everyone can join in on the fun no matter where they are.

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