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Forage in Prospect Park with ‘Wildman’ Steve Brill

Naturalist and author “Wildman” Steve Brill — America’s go-to guy for foraging — leads one of his world-famous tours of Prospect Park on Aug. 12.

Brill leads fellow naturalists on a four-hour tour to search for wild elderberries and other edibles found in the park, including summer mushrooms — two-color bolete, which grows on hillsides south of the Picnic House, along with the equally good chestnut bolete; brittle russulas, prized chanterelles, earthy meadow mushrooms, and gigantic chicken mushrooms. There may even be some deadly amanitas on hand, and purple-flowering raspberries — unlike other raspberries, this tasty species has no thorns!

Wild herbs and greens also thrive in fields and along trail edges. The group will look for lamb’s-quarters (a wild spinach), amaranth, wood sorrel, sheep sorrel, poor man’s pepper, lady’s thumb, epazote, purslane, and Asiatic dayflower. Check the weather and wear appropriate clothing.

Search for Wild Elderberries on Aug. 12 at 11:45 am. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children under 10. Please RSVP 24 hours in advance to reserve a space.

Grand Army Plaza [Union Street between Flatbush Avenue and Prospect Park West, in Prospect Heights; (914) 835–2153; www.wildmanstevebrill.com].

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