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Croton Aqueduct (Kids 12 & Under)

at "Wildman" Steve Brill - Dobbs Ferry

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Dobbs Ferry, Westchester County
Cedar St
At Main St
Dobbs Ferry, New York 10522
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 7 - 12 years old
Average Class Size: 35
Teacher: Violet Brill

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 kids life skills class:

June 6

This well-known greenway, with open, sunny habitats, wooded sections, thickets, and edges, is ideal for finding the best edible wild plants of early spring, and this tour, led by Violet Brill, will give you the best opportunity to learn about, collect, and enjoy some of our best common, tasty, renewable species.

In open, sunny areas, we'll be finding common- and long-leaf plantain, related garden "weeds" that are loaded with dozens of biologically active compounds you can use for a variety of skin irritations. Rub the crushed leaf repeatedly on a fresh mosquito bite for 15 minutes, for example, and you'll be cured. You can also roast the leaves with ground cooked chickpeas, white miso, crushed pine nuts, olive oil, and savory herbs, to make chips far better than kale chips.

Common Plantain

This common "weed" is an outstanding home remedy and food.

Sunny areas should also provide super-nutritious chickweed, which tastes like corn, lemony-flavored curly dock, intensely-flavored bitter dock, and common dandelions, which taste like lettuce on steroids. In addition, there should be lots of garlic-flavored field garlic, as well as lemony sheep sorrel and curly dock, plus garlicky garlic mustard. 

Young Garlic Mustard

These deeply-veined, heart-shaped leaves smell and taste like garlic, a good defense against insects, unless Italian bugs find it!

Burdock root, prized in Japan, and which tastes like a combination of potatoes and artichokes, is in season now, as are the artichoke-flavored stems, prized by the Italians.


This tasty, deep taproot is a staple in Japan.

If it's rained enough beforehand, mushrooms could be in season too. We'll be looking for mica caps, which make an outstanding dip, seafood-flavored oyster mushrooms, and chewy tree ears.

Mica Caps

Generally considered mediocre, when they're young, these common, early-season mushrooms are terrific baked down into a dip with olive oil, white miso, and savory spices.

If you want a taste of early spring, this tour is for you!

The 2-hour foraging tour of the Croton Aqueduct, led by Violet Brill, begins at 2 PM, Sunday, June 6, at the trail entrance at the intersection of Main St. and Cedar St., in Dobbs Ferry, NY.

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. 

School 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.

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Refund Policy

Participants can cancel the night before an event and get a refund.

If the participant failed to show up in the tour or failed to notify about their absence the night before the class, they will be required to pay a $25 penalty per person before being allowed on another tour.


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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.

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