Saxon Woods (Teens/Adults)

at "Wildman" Steve Brill - White Plains

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$20 32 seats left
Start Date:

Sat, Aug 27, 10:00am - 12:30pm Eastern Time

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White Plains, Westchester County
Saxon Woods Park Parking lot 1800 Mamaroneck Ave
Parking lot N 1311 Mamaroneck Ave.
White Plains, New York 10605
$20 Ticket is for 1 person only. Accompanying Adult must purchase ticket separately.
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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 foraging class:

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, carrots, and celery. Poor man's pepper, a common, delicious wild mustard, also appears in great abundance in sunny habitats, and it's even more common invasive relative, garlic mustard, is taking over the forest.

Poor Man's Pepper

This is one of the best-tasting spicy greens in the world, and it's abundant, renewable, and free!

The hillside adjacent to the woods is also full of burdock, a delicious and healthful taproot, and its relative, common thistle. This forbiddingly thorny plant has a delicious, celery-like flower stalk. Simply wear work gloves until you've peeled off the forbidding-looking thorns.


A.k.a. gobo, this tasty root is a staple in East Asia.

In the woods, we'll hunt for more edible and medicinal herbs and beverages such as piquant-flavored greenbrier leaves and shoots; ramps, the world's best onion species; and flavorful pokeweed shoots. We'll also be looking for root beer-flavored sassafras, wintergreen-flavored black birch, and jewelweed, a preventative for poison ivy and a panacea for insect bites and stings. 

For a finale, as we leave the woods, we'll find northern bayberry bushes, with leaves far superior to the unrelated but similarly-flavored bay leaf, growing in the parking lot.


  • 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

All classes at this location

At the parking lot north of the Hutchinson River Parkway, 1311 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY, near the swimming pool, not at the southern entrance.

Start Dates (3)
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
10:00am - 12:30pm Eastern Time "Wildman" Steve Brill 1 $20
1:30pm - 4:00pm Eastern Time "Wildman" Steve Brill 1 $20
10:00am - 12:30pm Eastern Time "Wildman" Steve Brill 1 $20

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