Archive for May 28th, 2009

Foraging with the “Wildman”

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

At the beginning of May I had the pleasure of representing the Science Museum of Long Island at EcoFest, a belated Earth Day celebration which took place at the lovely Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson, Long Island.  While walking around and taking in all of the beautiful scenery, I couldn’t help but notice a large group of people following a gentleman around who was extremely animated and kept bending down to pick things up out of the soil.  Being the naturally curious individual that I am, I took it upon myself to latch on to the end of his tour.  It soon became apparent that this gentleman was a unique person with a unique profession.  The man leading this tour was none other than the “Wildman” Steve Brill, one of the best-known foraging experts in the United States.

The “Wildman” Steve Brill has spent his career educating the public about the ancient tradition of foraging, which is the process of learning to identify and gather wild edibles for food.  By providing engaging, hands-on programs with community members of all ages and backgrounds, the “Wildman” has dedicated himself to inspiring people to learn more about our environment and become re-connected with our natural world through foraging.

By this point of the blog, your probably thinking, what does the “Wildman” have to do with the Science Museum?  Well, this coming summer, SMLI is going to be graced with the presence of Steve Brill during our Survivor Week at summer camp.  It will truly be the opportunity of a lifetime to meet and speak with this incredibly knowledgable and gifted forager, environmentalist, author, and naturalist all roled into one “Wildman.”  So, if you want to see how you can start clucking like a chicken after eating Chickweed or prevent the rash of poison ivy by rubbing Jewelweed on your body, this is the program for you!  We hope to see you here!