MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Trailside Nature & Science Center is offering families a unique opportunity to learn foraging techniques from “Wildman” Steve Brill, America’s go-to guy for foraging wild edible plants.
The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Community Renewal are pleased to announce two upcoming dates at Trailside for this novel and exciting class on foraging: Saturday, April 16, or Saturday, May 28. Each class will run from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. and is recommended for adults and families with children, ages 6 and older.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for people to learn about wild edibles from a noted expert and to see what is growing in the Watchung Reservation, as well as in many of our own backyards,” said Freeholder Daniel Sullivan, liaison to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
The fee per person is $10 for adults, ages 18 and older, and $5 per child, ages 6-17. Pre-registration is preferred but walk-ins will be accommodated as space permits.
Participants in this class will be introduced to world famous naturalist and author, “Wildman” Steve Brill, who has led thousands of foraging tours and is best known for his many tours in Central Park in New York City. This class is a unique opportunity to join the “Wildman” for a two-hour foraging tour of the Watchung Reservation.
Attendees will learn to identify, harvest ecologically and use many of the common, tasty, healthful, overlooked renewable mid-spring shoots, greens and herbs, otherwise considered “weeds.” The class will culminate with a tasting menu of such unwanted plants as lamb’s quarters, curly dock, common milkweed, pokeweed, sassafras, burdock and many more.
To register for a foraging class or for information on any other programs or upcoming events at Trailside, call908-789-3670 or visit us on the web at www.ucnj.org/trailsidehttps://ucnj.org/trailside. Trailside Nature & Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
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