"Wildman" Steve Brill

Life Skills
Central Park, New York, New York
(78 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

(78 Reviews)
Inwood Hill Park (Teens/Adults)

8/5/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Inwood Hill Park (Teens/Adults)


Really informative and fun class

Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

6/25/2019
MELANIE L.

Attended: Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)


My 11 year old daughter & I had such a fun time in the park learning about plants!

Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

6/12/2019
Fintan M.

Attended: Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)


The most enthusiastic, high energy tour I've ever been on. You'll learn a lot about the plants and recipes for using them. A few people on our tour loved it so much it was their second or third time. I could see myself doing it again in a few months to discover different plants. Only downside was there were 30 or 40 people participants (likely due to the nice weather), so it was challenging for all of us to fit on some of the paths. Bring a lunch!

Central Park (Teens/Adults)

5/27/2019
marisa F.

Attended: Central Park (Teens/Adults)


It was the best ever course I had done, I learned a lot about foraging, I advise anyone to do so, there are lots of things to forage in the park anywhere and Steve Brill is the best, very knowledgable funny a true comediante, I sure will go to others foraging trips with him again

Forest Park (Teens/Adults)

11/5/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Forest Park (Teens/Adults)


Really informative. Steve is a character! Pray he has fudge, it’s one of the best things I ever tasted.

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.

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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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New York, New York 10025

Upcoming Classes at "Wildman" Steve Brill

Central Park (Kids 12 & Under)
Central Park (Kids 12 & Under)
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Sunday Sep 22nd, 11:45am - 3:45pm

Prospect Park (Kids 12 & Under)
Prospect Park (Kids 12 & Under)
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Sunday Oct 6th, 11:45am - 3:45pm

Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)
Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)
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Sunday Oct 6th, 11:45am - 3:45pm

Forest Park (Teens/Adults)
Forest Park (Teens/Adults)
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Saturday Oct 12th, 11:45am - 3:45pm

Nature Study Woods Park (Kids 12 & Under)
Nature Study Woods Park (Kids 12 & Under)
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Saturday Oct 12th, 11:45am - 2:15pm

Forest Park (Kids 12 & Under)
Forest Park (Kids 12 & Under)
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Saturday Oct 12th, 11:45am - 3:45pm

Nature Study Woods Park (Teens/Adults)
Nature Study Woods Park (Teens/Adults)
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Saturday Oct 12th, 11:45am - 2:15pm

Central Park (Teens/Adults)
Central Park (Teens/Adults)
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Sunday Sep 22nd, 11:45am - 3:45pm

Inwood Hill Park (Kids 12 & Under)
Inwood Hill Park (Kids 12 & Under)
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Saturday Nov 2nd, 11:45am - 3:45pm

Inwood Hill Park (Teens/Adults)
Inwood Hill Park (Teens/Adults)
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Saturday Nov 2nd, 11:45am - 3:45pm

Saxon Woods (Kids 12 & Under)
Saxon Woods (Kids 12 & Under)
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Saturday Nov 9th, 10am - 12pm

Saxon Woods (Teens/Adults)
Saxon Woods (Teens/Adults)
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Saturday Nov 9th, 10am - 12pm

Alley Pond Park (Kids 12 & Under)
Alley Pond Park (Kids 12 & Under)
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Friday Nov 22nd, 11:45am - 3:45pm

Alley Pond Park (Teens/Adults)
Alley Pond Park (Teens/Adults)
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Friday Nov 22nd, 11:45am - 3:45pm

Jack Harrington Greenway (Kids 12 & Under)
Jack Harrington Greenway (Kids 12 & Under)
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Saturday Nov 23rd, 11:45am - 2:15pm

Jack Harrington Greenway (Teens/Adults)
Jack Harrington Greenway (Teens/Adults)
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Saturday Nov 23rd, 11:45am - 2:15pm

Marine Park Coastline (Kids 12 & Under)
Marine Park Coastline (Kids 12 & Under)
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Sunday Nov 24th, 11:45am - 3:45pm

Marine Park Coastline (Teens/Adults)
Marine Park Coastline (Teens/Adults)
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Sunday Nov 24th, 11:45am - 3:45pm

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