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"Wildman" Steve Brill

Life Skills
Central Park, New York, New York
(142 Reviews)

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 
As part of his exercise regime, he was bicycling past a local park in Queens, New York City, where he lived, when he saw some ethnic Greek women, dressed in traditional black garb, collecting something. He stopped and asked what they were doing but couldn't understand a word of what they were saying. It was all Greek to him. He came home with a bag of wild grape leaves, which he readily stuffed. They were delicious. When he returned to the same park in the fall, the trees were festooned with fox grapes, the wild forerunner of Concord grapes, and they're scrumptious too. He got books on the subject and began learning all the wild food he could find. He had so much fun foraging, he thought other people might enjoy it too, and that led to his foraging tours. 

The purpose of his hands-on program is to learn about the environment and get back in touch with nature. By studying foraging and nature, we enjoy our renewable resources and reaffirm our commitment to preserving and rebuilding our ecological riches. All the tours and presentations feature a great diversity and abundance of common, renewable, seasonal edible and medicinal wild plants or mushrooms.

Note: All tours are open to people of all ages, plus well-behaved dogs.

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.

Reviews of "Wildman" Steve Brill

(142 Reviews)
Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

5/29/2022
Anonymous

Attended: Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)


Hi, The class was cancelled and no information on refunds provided. Kindly see to it that the relevant charges of my VISA card get reversed. Thank you, Michael STREITZ

Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

5/16/2022
Josh S.

Attended: Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)


Very family friendly and warm, educational

Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

5/2/2022
Elia T.

Attended: Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)


Steve is a real treat! His knowledge and way to teach are exemplar

Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

5/2/2022
cathy b.

Attended: Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)


This was a glorious experience! Steve is so knowledgable, patient, nice, all around great. I cant imagine there is a person on earth who wouldn’t be happy spending a few hours foraging and learning with him.

Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

4/17/2022
Anonymous

Attended: Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)


Wildman Steve is great. Super informative class and fun way to spend a beautiful Saturday afternoon. I'll be returning to this class and the Central Park offering. The only negative mark was the size of the class. Too big for full engagement with the material and instructor. I would limit the number to 20 max. 10 would be even better.

Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

12/11/2021
Jeff T.

Attended: Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)


Great class with wild man Steve and his daughter! I learned a lot and am surprised there is so much food to eat in prospect park! I took lots of notes and look forward to learning more!

Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

12/5/2021
Anonymous

Attended: Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)


Amazing experience. Me and my friends had a great time learning from Steve and his sweet (and very smart and knowledgeable!) Daughter!

Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

11/21/2021
Peter S.

Attended: Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)


I used my one day off to do this class with a handful of friends. After coming across the city to meet at the designated location and time and waiting for 30 minutes, we found out that the instructor had cancelled the course and no one had been notified. Complete waste of time and money.

Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

11/14/2021
Ion S.

Attended: Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)


I need a refund because the class was cancelled. Additionally, I was not notified of this cancellation until I was at the location of the class.

Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

10/25/2021
Jason W.

Attended: Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)


I wasn't into foraging at first and was brought to this by my wife. However, both Wildman Steve Brill and Violet were a delight and their passion for foraging is so pure and infectious. I would recommend this to anyone!

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Central Park W & W 103rd St, New York, New York 10025
"Wildman" Steve Brill
Central Park, Manhattan
Central Park W & W 103rd St
At Central Park W
New York, New York 10025

Directions:
Just inside the park at Central Park West and West 103rd St.

Upcoming Classes at "Wildman" Steve Brill

Central Park (Kids 12 & Under)
Central Park (Kids 12 & Under)
Next start date:

Saturday Jul 16th, 11:45am - 3:45pm Eastern Time

Central Park (Teens/Adults)
Central Park (Teens/Adults)
Next start date:

Saturday Jul 16th, 11:45am - 3:45pm Eastern Time

Saxon Woods (Teens/Adults)
Saxon Woods (Teens/Adults)
Next start date:

Saturday Jul 23rd, 10am - 12:30pm Eastern Time

Saxon Woods (Kids 12 & Under)
Saxon Woods (Kids 12 & Under)
Next start date:

Saturday Jul 23rd, 10am - 12:30pm Eastern Time

Prospect Park (Kids 12 & Under)
Prospect Park (Kids 12 & Under)
Next start date:

Sunday Jul 10th, 11:45am - 3:45pm Eastern Time

Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)
Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)
Next start date:

Sunday Jul 10th, 11:45am - 3:45pm Eastern Time

Forest Park (Kids 12 & Under)
Forest Park (Kids 12 & Under)
Next start date:

Saturday Jul 30th, 11:45am - 3:45pm Eastern Time

Forest Park (Teens/Adults)
Forest Park (Teens/Adults)
Next start date:

Saturday Jul 30th, 11:45am - 3:45pm Eastern Time

Sheldrake Lake (Teens/Adults)
Sheldrake Lake (Teens/Adults)
Next start date:

Saturday Aug 6th, 11:45am - 2:15pm Eastern Time

Belmont Lake State Park (Kids 12 & Under)
Belmont Lake State Park (Kids 12 & Under)
Next start date:

Sunday Aug 21st, 11:30am - 2:30pm Eastern Time

Belmont Lake State Park (Teens/Adults)
Belmont Lake State Park (Teens/Adults)
Next start date:

Sunday Aug 21st, 11:30am - 2:30pm Eastern Time

Inwood Hill Park (Kids 12 & Under)
Inwood Hill Park (Kids 12 & Under)
Next start date:

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

Inwood Hill Park (Teens/Adults)
Inwood Hill Park (Teens/Adults)
Next start date:

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

Sheldrake Lake (Kids 12 & Under)
Sheldrake Lake (Kids 12 & Under)
Next start date:

Saturday Aug 6th, 11:45am - 2:15pm Eastern Time

Teachers at "Wildman" Steve Brill

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