"Wildman" Steve Brill

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Naturalist-author "Wildman" Steve Brill is America's go-to guy for foraging. He's been leading foraging tours and providing demos for the public, for schools, day camps, birthday parties, museums, nature centers, parks departments, restaurants and chefs, garden clubs, hiking clubs, teaching farms, nurseries, and other organizations, in parks and natural areas throughout the Greater NY area, since 1982. 

He created his own website, Foraging with the "Wildman." His Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not-So-Wild) Places (William Morrow Publishers, 1994) is considered a classic on the subject. His innovative Wild Vegan Cookbook (Harvard Common Press, April, 2002) is changing the way people think of preparing gourmet food. His Shoots and Greens of Early Spring in Northeastern North America (self-published, 1986 and 2008) teaches people how the foraging season begins, and his Foraging with Kids introduces children to the natural world. His Foraging With the "Wildman" DVD is showing people how it's all done, and his iOS/Android app, Wild Edibles, is the best foraging app in America. 

But the world-famous environmental educator is still best known for having been handcuffed and arrested by undercover park rangers who infiltrated a tour, for eating a dandelion in Central Park!

Reviews of "Wildman" Steve Brill

(67 Reviews)
Saxon Woods (Teens/Adults)

11/14/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Saxon Woods (Teens/Adults)


Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Saxon Woods (Teens/Adults)

11/11/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Saxon Woods (Teens/Adults)


Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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.

Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

10/21/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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

Central Park (Teens/Adults)

6/10/2018
Christopher S.

Attended: Central Park (Teens/Adults)


Christopher S. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Central Park (Teens/Adults)

6/10/2018
Armando A D.

Attended: Central Park (Teens/Adults)


Armando A D. gave this class 3 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Central Park (Teens/Adults)

6/10/2018
Bennett G.

Attended: Central Park (Teens/Adults)


Bennett G. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

4/1/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)


Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

3/29/2018
Jennifer C.

Attended: Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)


Jennifer C. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

3/26/2018
Ginamarie E.

Attended: Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)


Ginamarie E. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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.

Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

3/26/2018
Eric J.

Attended: Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)


Eric J. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Central Park (Teens/Adults)

3/4/2018
Cindy B.

Attended: Central Park (Teens/Adults)


Cindy B. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Central Park (Teens/Adults)

12/4/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Central Park (Teens/Adults)


Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

11/25/2017
Monurai B.

Attended: Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)


Monurai B. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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.

Central Park (Kids 12 & Under)

9/25/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Central Park (Kids 12 & Under)


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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)

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.

Central Park (Teens/Adults)

6/11/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Central Park (Teens/Adults)


Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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.

Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

5/21/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Forest Park (Teens/Adults)

5/14/2017
Sarah P.

Attended: Forest Park (Teens/Adults)


Sarah P. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Central Park (Teens/Adults)

3/27/2017
Hannah S.

Attended: Central Park (Teens/Adults)


Hannah S. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

3/27/2017
Harrison S.

Attended: Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)


"Wildman" Steve Brill and his daughter(?) seemed far more interested in hearing themselves talk than actually provide much information. Instead of being able to forage on our own, we were pulled back into the group to see watercolor paintings of plants or hear renditions of jazz songs played by their hands and mouths. While these talents were interesting in their own right, it's not what we signed up for. We were really interested in the course, but the ratio of ramblings to relevant information was just too high.

Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

3/26/2017
Keara G.

Attended: Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)


Steve Brill'd tours are amazing. Lots of good info and a fun approach.

Central Park (Teens/Adults)

3/20/2017
Benjamin A.

Attended: Central Park (Teens/Adults)


Benjamin A. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

3/6/2017
Daniel M.

Attended: Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)


Daniel M. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Central Park (Teens/Adults)

3/6/2017
Erin D.

Attended: Central Park (Teens/Adults)


Erin D. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Central Park (Teens/Adults)

12/5/2016
Anonymous

Attended: Central Park (Teens/Adults)


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Central Park (Teens/Adults)

12/5/2016
Anonymous

Attended: Central Park (Teens/Adults)


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Central Park (Teens/Adults)

10/24/2016
Jonathon G.

Attended: Central Park (Teens/Adults)


Jonathon G. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Central Park (Teens/Adults)

9/26/2016
Tra H.

Attended: Central Park (Teens/Adults)


Tra H. gave this class 3 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Central Park (Teens/Adults)

9/19/2016
Dayann P.

Attended: Central Park (Teens/Adults)


Dayann P. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

9/4/2016
Anonymous

Attended: Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)


Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Inwood Hill Park (Teens/Adults)

8/25/2016
Anonymous

Attended: Inwood Hill Park (Teens/Adults)


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)

8/21/2016
Jenna D.

Attended: Inwood Hill Park (Teens/Adults)


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)

8/21/2016
Anonymous

Attended: Inwood Hill Park (Teens/Adults)


Great course, informative and fun. Good for families.

Central Park (Teens/Adults)

7/4/2016
Niyant D.

Attended: Central Park (Teens/Adults)


Genuinely insightful. I'll never stroll in the park the same way. Wildman Steve has loads of knowledge and one tour hardly enough. Who knew our city parks were such a great source of edible plants, herbs and roots.

Central Park (Teens/Adults)

6/20/2016
Anonymous

Attended: Central Park (Teens/Adults)


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Central Park (Teens/Adults)

6/20/2016
stephen f.

Attended: Central Park (Teens/Adults)


stephen f. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

5/24/2016
Arielle S.

Attended: Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)


Arielle S. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Central Park (Teens/Adults)

3/21/2016
Anonymous

Attended: Central Park (Teens/Adults)


Wildman Steve is very fond of three things--foraging, unfunny jokes, and his daughter Violet. We were treated to a hearty dose of all of the above on our tour and it was great.

Inwood Hill Park (Teens/Adults)

11/29/2015
Karen S.

Attended: Inwood Hill Park (Teens/Adults)


Karen S. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Central Park - September 13

9/14/2015
Gilda A.

Attended: Central Park - September 13


Gilda A. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Central Park - August 30

9/1/2015
Rand C.

Attended: Central Park - August 30


Rand C. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Central Park - August 30

8/31/2015
Maryanne R.

Attended: Central Park - August 30


Maryanne R. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Inwood Hill Park's Famous Indian Caves

8/30/2015
Annie N.

Attended: Inwood Hill Park's Famous Indian Caves


Annie N. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Inwood Hill Park's Famous Indian Caves

8/24/2015
Gifford B.

Attended: Inwood Hill Park's Famous Indian Caves


Gifford B. gave this class 1 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Inwood Hill Park's Famous Indian Caves

8/24/2015
Miakoda v.

Attended: Inwood Hill Park's Famous Indian Caves


Steve is so knowledgeable and patient. I learned so much and can't wait to go on another walk.

Inwood Hill Park's Famous Indian Caves

8/24/2015
Erin C.

Attended: Inwood Hill Park's Famous Indian Caves


I highly recommend this class. Steve is very knowledgeable about wild edibles and is very personable. I learned so much in one afternoon!

Prospect Park - August 22

8/23/2015
Sigrid J.

Attended: Prospect Park - August 22


Sigrid J. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Central Park - June 27

6/27/2015
Anonymous

Attended: Central Park - June 27


Informative, thorough, fun and entertaining!

Central Park - June 27

6/27/2015
Vicky S.

Attended: Central Park - June 27


Vicky S. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Prospect Park - May 17 / June 6

6/7/2015
Gwendolyn B.

Attended: Prospect Park - May 17 / June 6


Gwendolyn B. gave this class 3 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

The Lake in Central Park

5/2/2015
Susan Y.

Attended: The Lake in Central Park


Susan Y. gave this class 3 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

The Lake in Central Park

4/13/2015
Kate K.

Attended: The Lake in Central Park


That was amazing tour! Would love to visit some more

Inwood Hill Park

11/19/2014
Minna H.

Attended: Inwood Hill Park


Minna H. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Inwood Hill Park

11/17/2014
Kimberly K.

Attended: Inwood Hill Park


Kimberly K. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Stream in the Rambles of Central Park

10/26/2014
Stacey B.

Attended: Stream in the Rambles of Central Park


Stacey B. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Prospect Park

10/22/2014
Stacey B.

Attended: Prospect Park


Stacey B. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Prospect Park

10/20/2014
Ellia B.

Attended: Prospect Park


Ellia B. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Central Park's Ramble

9/28/2014
Alexis Sanborn

Attended: Central Park's Ramble


Alexis Sanborn gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.