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Belmont Lake State Park (Kids 12 & Under)

at "Wildman" Steve Brill - Long Island

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Long Island
625 Belmont Ave
Btwn August & Sylvan Roads
North Babylon, New York 11704
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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 foraging class:

This is a great place for wild foods in mid-summer. Wild greens will also be thriving in fields and along trail edges. We'll be looking for chickweed, which tastes like corn on the cob, lemony sheep sorrel and greenbriar, spicy poor man's pepper, crunchy purslane, and pungent field garlic seeds. We'll also hunt for culinary and medicinal herbs such as black birch, yarrow, sassafras, and spicebush leaves.

Most roots out of season now, but burdock, an expensive detoxifying herb sold in health food stores, is an exception. It abounds in human-disturbed areas throughout the area. Instead of brewing it as a tea, it's so abundant, you cook the sliced root like a potato.

Common milkweed seed pods are fantastic after you parboil them 1 minute, to get rid of the bitter sap, and we'll find it in the fields of this park. We'll also hunt for the seeds o garlic mustard, which taste like garlic, sunflower seeds, and mustard., There'll be plenty of jewelweed, a panacea for skin irritations that cures mosquito bites and insect stings, and prevents poison ivy rash.

Wineberries are in season now. This invasive Asian raspberry is way tastier than the ones you buy. Blackberries are coming into season too, but the chances of finding them is low: Blackberries have been in decline ever since the advent of the iPhone!

With lots of rain and a bit of luck, gourmet summer mushrooms, such as boletes, milk mushrooms, russulas, and chicken mushrooms may abound.

Don't miss a fantastic tour of this little-known natural gem.

May 24, 2020

This is a great place for wild foods in mid-spring.

Wild greens will also be thriving in fields and along trail edges. We'll be looking for chickweed, which tastes like corn on the cob, lemony sheep sorrel and greenbriar, spicy poor man's pepper, lemony curly dock, flavorful violets, and pungent field garlic. The savory shoots of pokeweed will be at their peak, and in addition, we'll hunt for culinary and medicinal herbs such as yarrow, sassafras, and spicebush leaves.

Most roots out of season now, but burdock, an expensive detoxifying herb sold in health food stores, is an exception. It abounds in human-disturbed areas throughout the area. Instead of brewing it as a tea, it's so abundant, you cook the root like a potato. Because the plant is a biennial, it has two stages, and at this time of the year, you can also clip off the immature stem and prepare it like artichoke hearts.

Common milkweed flowers are fantastic after you parboil them 1 minute, to get rid of the bitter sap, and we'll find it in the fields of this park. We'll also 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 and a bit of luck, gourmet late spring mushrooms, such as chicken mushrooms, dryad's saddle, fairy ring mushrooms, and wine-cap stropharias.

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.
  • Dogs are permitted. Children are encouraged to attend.
  • There's no smoking whatsoever at any time.

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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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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.

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