"Wildman" Steve Brill

Life Skills
Central Park, New York, New York
(105 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

(105 Reviews)
Belmont Lake State Park (Teens/Adults)

7/6/2021
Kali G.

Attended: Belmont Lake State Park (Teens/Adults)


Wild Man Steve is hilarious and full of so much knowledge!! It was the perfect beginner session. I can't wait to take another class closer to home so I can go on my own foraging excursions.

Central Park (Teens/Adults)

6/7/2021
LESLIE J.

Attended: Central Park (Teens/Adults)


It was a great experience! Just don't do it in 90-degree weather...(smile)

Central Park (Teens/Adults)

6/7/2021
Susan K.

Attended: Central Park (Teens/Adults)


Enjoyed every moment of this tour! Strongly recommending, you will have a lot of fun!

Central Park (Teens/Adults)

5/17/2021
Fran C.

Attended: Central Park (Teens/Adults)


So interesting to see all the edibles in our midst. I wish I had bought his book before the class to prep for him

Forest Park (Teens/Adults)

5/3/2021
Anonymous

Attended: Forest Park (Teens/Adults)


The teacher was fabulous - very knowledgeable about so many things! Delighted to spend time with her.

Central Park (Teens/Adults)

5/2/2021
Monalisa G.

Attended: Central Park (Teens/Adults)


Was great, super informative and enjoyable!

Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

4/25/2021
Anonymous

Attended: Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)


Sorry but, one Guide for 75 people had a very limited exposure to topic which as I believe was supposed to have focused on mushrooms but only reviewed 3. Organization and regrouping exhausted much of the time. Guide was prepared but never should have had more than, tops, a dozen in the group. Also meeting area was tio general without any markers or references to meet centraly in a very crowded area.

Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

4/18/2021
Hilary C.

Attended: Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)


We loved our foraging walk with Steve Brill! We learned so much about what we could forage, how to recognize it, what some of it's health benefits were and even recipes on what to do with it. Every month brings new things to forage, so this is a class to do time and again. And I will!

Central Park (Teens/Adults)

11/2/2020
Mark R.

Attended: Central Park (Teens/Adults)


Instructor was extremely knowledgeable. It was difficult to hear the information though, as many children (and some adults) had frequent ongoing full voice conversations oblivious to the fact that some people were actually trying to pay attention to the speaker. Biggest disappointment though was the total lack of social distancing, with at least one pre-teen not even wearing a mask.

Sheldrake Lake (Teens/Adults)

10/19/2020
yun k.

Attended: Sheldrake Lake (Teens/Adults)


It was so much fun and very informative! My kids also enjoyed themselves a lot and learned a lot. V was such a great teacher

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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

Upcoming Classes at "Wildman" Steve Brill

Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)
Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)
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Saturday Jul 24th, 11:45am - 3:45pm Eastern Time

Prospect Park (Kids 12 & Under)
Prospect Park (Kids 12 & Under)
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Saturday Jul 24th, 11:45am - 3:45pm Eastern Time

Forest Park (Teens/Adults)
Forest Park (Teens/Adults)
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Saturday Jul 31st, 11:45am - 3:45pm Eastern Time

Forest Park (Kids 12 & Under)
Forest Park (Kids 12 & Under)
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Saturday Jul 31st, 11:45am - 3:45pm Eastern Time

Inwood Hill Park (Kids 12 & Under)
Inwood Hill Park (Kids 12 & Under)
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Sunday Aug 1st, 11:45am - 3:45pm Eastern Time

Inwood Hill Park (Teens/Adults)
Inwood Hill Park (Teens/Adults)
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Sunday Aug 1st, 11:45am - 3:45pm Eastern Time

Central Park (Teens/Adults)
Central Park (Teens/Adults)
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Saturday Aug 14th, 11:45am - 3:45pm Eastern Time

Central Park (Kids 12 & Under)
Central Park (Kids 12 & Under)
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Saturday Aug 14th, 11:45am - 3:45pm Eastern Time

Belmont Lake State Park (Kids 12 & Under)
Belmont Lake State Park (Kids 12 & Under)
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Saturday Aug 21st, 11:30am - 2:30pm Eastern Time

Belmont Lake State Park (Teens/Adults)
Belmont Lake State Park (Teens/Adults)
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Saturday Aug 21st, 11:30am - 2:30pm Eastern Time

Saxon Woods (Teens/Adults)
Saxon Woods (Teens/Adults)
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Sunday Sep 26th, 12:30pm - 3pm Eastern Time

Saxon Woods (Kids 12 & Under)
Saxon Woods (Kids 12 & Under)
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Sunday Sep 26th, 12:30pm - 3pm Eastern Time

Teachers at "Wildman" Steve Brill

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