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Inwood Hill Park (Teens/Adults)

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Inwood, Manhattan
Broadway & Dyckman St At the playground
At Riverside Dr
New York, New York 10034
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 13 and older
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 tour class:

August 1, 2020

This is one of the best places for foragers in late summer. The city's hilliest park, with a large, mature forest, meadows, thickets, and cultivated areas, it's loaded with wild plants. This is a great time for berries. 

We'll be harvesting wineberries, blackberries, cornelian cherries, and elderberries, all different and all delicious.

Wild Blackberries

These blackberries are so good, they'll give your iPhone a run for its money!

Most roots are out of season, 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 can it like potatoes or even marinate and slow-bake it, to make the "Wildman's" Vegan Beef Jerky!

Sassafras root, the original source of root beer, stays in season all year. You use it the roots of this renewable tree to make tea and root beer, or as a cinnamon-like seasoning, and the young leaves are the classic flavoring and thickener of gumbo.

Another tree we'll find is the black birch. Its twigs taste like wintergreen when you chew them, and they provide 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 aspirin. Thicken the tea with agar, season and sweeten it, and make Black Birch Jello, or cook the twigs in coconut milk with raisins, a sweetener, sweet herbs, and tapioca, then remove the twigs, to make "Wildman's" Stick Pudding!

There are plenty of summer 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 monthly cramp! We'll also be finding Asiatic dayflower, lady's thumb, lamb's quarters, and goutweed, all great for salads, sandwiches, soups, and stews. 

Wild seeds are in season too. We'll hunt for the spicy seeds of garlic mustard, walnut-flavored seeds of jewelweed the juice in the stem is also a panacea for skin irritations—it cures mosquito bites, prevents poison ivy rash, and more), and the fiery seeds of field garlic.

Garlic Mustard Seeds in their Seed Pods

These tasty, chewy seeds grow in needle-shaped seed pods, indicating that this plant must have evolved in The South Bronx!

With lots of rain beforehand and a bit of luck, gourmet oyster mushrooms, chicken mushrooms, chanterelles, boletes, and russulas may be emerging.


This summer mushroom is as tasty as it's easy to recognize!

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

The 4-hour foraging tour of Inwood Hill Park begins at 11:45 AM, Saturday, August 1, in the Anne Loftus Playground in Ft. Tryon Park, 4746 Broadway, corner Dykeman St., Manhattan, NY, not inside Inwood Hill Park itself.

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.

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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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Reviews of Classes at "Wildman" Steve Brill (79)

(79 Reviews)
Inwood Hill Park (Teens/Adults)
Reviewed by Anonymous on 8/5/2019
Really informative and fun class
Inwood Hill Park (Teens/Adults)
Reviewed by Anonymous on 8/25/2016
The class was fun and interesting. The pace was comfortable. The only disappointment was that about half of the explanations were given by the instructor's young daughter, who was hard to hear because her voice didn't carry far. At the end of the class, I felt comfortable identifying most of the plants that we had learned about.
Inwood Hill Park (Teens/Adults)
Reviewed by Jenna D. on 8/21/2016
So much fun! We had a great time and learned a ton! And we were walking in the park today and spotted two different plants we had learned about :) excited to do more.
Inwood Hill Park (Teens/Adults)
Reviewed by Anonymous on 8/21/2016
Great course, informative and fun. Good for families.
Inwood Hill Park (Teens/Adults)
Reviewed by Karen S. on 11/29/2015
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School: "Wildman" Steve Brill

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,...

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