"Wildman" Steve Brill

Life Skills
Central Park, New York, New York
(66 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.

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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Reviews of "Wildman" Steve Brill

(66 Reviews)
Central Park (Teens/Adults)

10/8/2018
Molly H.

Attended: Central Park (Teens/Adults)


Fabulous! He’s great with kids and super knowledgeable. Would do it again

Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

3/26/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)


An extremely knowledgeable guide!

Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

3/26/2018
Bianca D.

Attended: Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)


Steve and his daughter Violet are incredible knowledgeable, kind, and funny tour guides. The tour is amazing because it combines nature, history, and culinary arts. It was definitely cold when we went, and some of our group had to leave early because they didn’t dress warm enough, so make sure you bunch up if you’re going in March. I definitely want to go again at different points of the year to see the different vegetation that grows.

Saxon Woods (Teens/Adults)

11/18/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Saxon Woods (Teens/Adults)


Very informative and interesting. Memorable experience.

Central Park (Teens/Adults)

9/25/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Central Park (Teens/Adults)


Class was great! Instructor was extremely knowledgable and had a sense of humor (sometimes a little "yuck yuck" but hey he was trying). Appreciated that he went through the plants on nutritional properties, as well as medicinal. With recipes and sometimes snacks to boot. I would love to do it again in another season to see what else is up there in Central Park.

Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

9/17/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)


Wonderful class! We learned a lot and had a great time!

Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

9/3/2017
Alexander Z.

Attended: Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)


Super fun and informative, great for adults and kids.

Central Park (Teens/Adults)

8/29/2017
Gideon G.

Attended: Central Park (Teens/Adults)


My wife and I are glad that we took this tour and recommend it highly. Around 25 people participated in our tour, which meant we were sometimes standing in the back row, but Mr. Brill and his daughter spoke loudly and clearly, and showed photos and sketches on an iPad and notebook in addition to passing around samples of each plant, so everyone was able to hear the explanations of the various flora we encountered. Mr. Brill is an entertaining and informative guide with a knack for story-telling and he was popular with the kids on our tour, of which there were a half-dozen. The kids also enjoyed running around with Mr. Brill's daughter looking for berries or tossing a ball while their elders plodded along the trails. The walking itself was not strenuous - several participants even brought baby strollers - but there were a few staircases to navigate. After the tour, Mr. Brill offered some of his books for sale, and we purchased two of them: one about foraging with kids, and one about edible plants of the New York area.

Central Park (Teens/Adults)

7/17/2017
Carol J.

Attended: Central Park (Teens/Adults)


"Wildman" Steve Brill was a wonderful guide. He has a lot of patience and wealth of knowledge to share about native plants. Take his class if you are curious about your native world and be prepared to bring home and cook a lot of fascinating plants.

Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

5/28/2017
Helen K.

Attended: Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)


I loved it! I think it a must for all nature lovers. Steve was great as he was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about this topic. Loved all the jokes as well as some of the recipe samples he gave us. I got much more out of this one jaunt to a park that it surprised me to find so much interesting plant life just here in NY metro area. I recommend all who are interested in plants, nature, foraging and just outdoor experience right here in Brooklyn area at least for a day. I already signed up for another foraging in Pawling NY to sample that area and its nature habitats.

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