Inwood Hill Park (Kids 12 & Under)

at "Wildman" Steve Brill - Inwood

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$10 32 seats left
Start Date:

Sun, Aug 01, 11:45am - 3:45pm Eastern Time

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Location:
Inwood, Manhattan
Broadway & Dyckman St At the playground
At Riverside Dr
New York, New York 10034
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Ticket Price is for Kids only. Accompanying Adult tickets are Sold separately.
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 1 - 12 years old
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 other kids camp class:

Inwood Hill Park is one of the best places for foragers to search for wild foods in late spring, and you'll get to enjoy dozens of them. The city's hilliest park, with a large, mature forest, meadows, thickets, and cultivated areas, it's loaded with edible and medicinal wild plants.

Red, white, and pink mulberries will be at their peak now. Too perishable for commercial use in the US, we'll get a spectacular harvest simply by shaking the branches over a drop cloth. Related to figs, these sweet berries are especially tasty and nutritious.

Daylily flowers will also be at their peak. Used in traditional Chinese hot-and-sour soup, these "golden needles," from an invasive Asian plant, have taken over sections of the woodland's understory. Add them to salads or East Asian dishes, or stuff them.

Daylily Flower and Buds

In addition to their use as food, these flowers are used in traditional Chinese medicine for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Most roots are out of season now, but burdock, an expensive detoxifying herb sold in health food stores, is an exception, and it abounds in human-disturbed areas throughout the park. Instead of brewing it as a tea, it's so abundant, you cook the root like a potato, or marinate and bake slices to make "Wildman's" Vegan Beef Jerky.

There are plenty of late spring herbs and greens in season. We'll find mugwort and motherwort, both tonics for the female reproductive system. Since I've learned these herbs, I've never suffered a single monthly cramp!

We'll also be finding Asiatic dayflower, Greenbriar, lady's thumb, lamb's-quarters, and goutweed, all great for salads, sandwiches, and soups.

Common milkweed needs to be boiled to remove the bitter sap, but it has a flavor all its own, and we'll find it all over the fields near the park's summit. Sassafras root, the original source of root beer, stays in season all year. You use it for tea, for making root beer, and as a cinnamon-like seasoning.

Another tree we'll look for is the black birch. It grows in the woods, has twigs that taste like wintergreen, and provides the raw material for birch beer. You can steep the twigs in hot water to make a fabulous tea with anti-inflammatory properties similar to those of aspirin. Or thicken the tea with agar, season and sweeten it, and make black birch Jello!

We'll hunt for the flowers and tops of garlic mustard, which taste like garlic, and jewelweed, a panacea for skin irritations that cures mosquito bites and prevents poison ivy rash.

With lots of rain beforehand and a bit of luck, gourmet spring mushrooms such as oyster mushrooms, chicken mushrooms, fairy ring mushrooms, and wine-cap Stropharia may be emerging.

Wine-cap Stropharia Mushrooms

Little-known to the public, these are exceptionally delicious mushrooms.

Don't miss a fantastic tour of this vastly under-appreciated park.

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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11:45am - 3:45pm Eastern Time "Wildman" Steve Brill 1 $10
11:45am - 3:45pm Eastern Time "Wildman" Steve Brill 1 $20
11:45am - 3:45pm Eastern Time "Wildman" Steve Brill 1 $10
11:45am - 3:45pm Eastern Time "Wildman" Steve Brill 1 $20
11:45am - 3:45pm Eastern Time "Wildman" Steve Brill 1 $10
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
11:45am - 3:45pm Eastern Time "Wildman" Steve Brill 1 $10

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