Saxon Woods (Kids 12 & Under)

at "Wildman" Steve Brill - Mamaroneck

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$10 32 seats left
Start Date:

Sun, Sep 26, 12:30pm - 3:00pm Eastern Time

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Mamaroneck, Westchester County
1311 Mamaroneck Ave.
Btwn Hutchinson Rvr Pkwy & Saxon Wood Rd
White Plains, New York 10605
Ticket Price is for Kids only. Accompanying Adult tickets are Sold separately.
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 7 - 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 kids life skills class:

Saxon Woods Park's forested areas grassy habitats, and swamps are excellent places for mid-spring foraging, and we'll be very busy with a variety of common, widespread, renewable native and exotic plant species as we explore these habitats.

The sunny borders between woodlands and the parking lot provide prime habitat for various wild herbs and greens. We'll look for sheep sorrel and wood sorrel, with their wonderful lemony flavors, plus goutweed, which tastes like parsley. Poor man's pepper, a common, delicious wild mustard, also appears in great abundance in sunny habitats, and its even more common invasive relative, garlic mustard, is taking over the forest.

Hairy Bittercress

This tasty mustard grows on small mounds in sunny, wet habitats in early spring and late fall.

The edge of the woods is loaded with wild carrots and common evening primrose, two of the tastiest root vegetables on Earth.

Wild Carrots

This tasty root vegetable, a different subspecies from the commercial variety, retains its crunchiness is soups, stews, cakes, and cookies.

We'll be finding sassafras in the woods, which you can use as a sweet seasoning, or turn into tea or root beer. If you prefer birch beer, no problem — black birch trees grow in the same places, and you can also use them to make tea, jelly, and puddings.

As we end the tour, we'll also pick up northern bayberry leaves in the parking lot. Unrelated to commercial bay leaves, the flavor is similar but better, superb for seasoning soups, grains, and marinades.


  • 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, a pen to sign in 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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"Wildman" Steve Brill

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Saxon Woods parking lot north of the Hutchinson River Parkway, near the swimming pool

Start Dates (2)
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
12:30pm - 3:00pm Eastern Time "Wildman" Steve Brill 1 $10
12:30pm - 3:00pm Eastern Time "Wildman" Steve Brill 1 $20

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Hello, We would like to attend along with our children who are 7 and 5. I see the age limit is 7-12. Can we bring along our 5 year old?

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