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Inwood Hill Park (Teens/Adults)

at "Wildman" Steve Brill - Manhattan

Course Details
$20 32 seats left
Start Date:

Sat, Aug 13, 11:45am - 3:45pm Eastern Time

Next start dates (1)

Anne Loftus Playground
At Dykeman St and Broadway
New York, New York 10040
$20 Ticket is for 1 person only. Accompanying Adult must purchase ticket separately.
Purchase Options
Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 13 and older
Average Class Size: 35

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this tour class:

Inwood Hill Park is one of the best places for foragers in late winter. The city's hilliest park, with a large, mature forest, meadows, thickets, and cultivated areas, it's loaded with wild plants. Now is the time for roots. Burdock, an expensive detoxifying herb sold in health food stores, as well as an invasive foreign species, abounds in human-disturbed areas throughout the park. The cooked root tastes like a combination of potatoes and artichokes. 

Sassafras, on the other hand, tastes like root beer, which you make from the taproots of the highly-abundant saplings. And the black birch tree, of birch beer fame, tastes like wintergreen. The twigs, which you can chew, make a delicious non-steroidal anti-inflammatory herb tea, as well as a flavoring ingredient for "Wildman's" tapioca-thickened Stick Pudding. 

Another root we'll look for along the park's paths is the tuber of the hog peanut, with a flavor akin to raw peanuts. Peppery-sweet common evening primrose roots grow along one of the pathways. You can purchase a prostaglandin-rich oil pressed from the seeds in health food stores, for PMS and other ailments. With a sweet-and-peppery flavor, the root is outstanding in soups and stews, which it also thickens.

There are going to be plenty of shoots and greens to enjoy, such as chickweed, which tastes like corn, hot-sweet daylily shoots, pungent-tasting pepper sedum, spicy garlic mustard leaves and roots, lemony curly dock, and savory field garlic. 

Asian people collect the stems of this goutweed in this park, which they pickle. With the flavors of parsley, carrots, and celery, the leaves are excellent in soups, salads, and guacamole, and they provide a great seasoning as well if you use them like parsley.

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.

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Refund Policy

Participants can cancel the night before an event and get a refund.

If the participant failed to show up in the tour or failed to notify about their absence the night before the class, they will be required to pay a $25 penalty per person before being allowed on another tour.


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At Dykeman St. and Broadway, not inside Inwood Hill Park.

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Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
11:45am - 3:45pm Eastern Time "Wildman" Steve Brill 1 $20
11:45am - 3:45pm Eastern Time "Wildman" Steve Brill 1 $20

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Reviews of Classes at "Wildman" Steve Brill (142)

(142 Reviews)
Inwood Hill Park (Teens/Adults)
Reviewed by Anonymous on 8/5/2019
Really informative and fun class
Inwood Hill Park (Teens/Adults)
Reviewed by Anonymous on 8/25/2016
The class was fun and interesting. The pace was comfortable. The only disappointment was that about half of the explanations were given by the instructor's young daughter, who was hard to hear because her voice didn't carry far. At the end of the class, I felt comfortable identifying most of the plants that we had learned about.
Inwood Hill Park (Teens/Adults)
Reviewed by Jenna D. on 8/21/2016
So much fun! We had a great time and learned a ton! And we were walking in the park today and spotted two different plants we had learned about :) excited to do more.
Inwood Hill Park (Teens/Adults)
Reviewed by Anonymous on 8/21/2016
Great course, informative and fun. Good for families.
Inwood Hill Park (Teens/Adults)
Reviewed by Karen S. on 11/29/2015
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