NATURALIST
IN A NUTSHELL
Squirrel with Acorn
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR

"Those wild grapes way up in the tree
are probably sour anyway!"

1982–2012 Weekend public Wild Food and Ecology Tours throughout greater NY, the northeast, and other regions
"Wildman's" First Tour, 1982
The First Public Tour
Central Park, April 24, 1982
1982–2012 Classroom visits, nature walks, and auditorium presentations—pre-K through college—in hundreds of public and private schools throughout tri-state area
Kids Studying Palisades
Kids Studying the NJ Palisades and Hudson River on an After-school Tour
Wildman on Birthday Party Tour
Birthday Party Tour of Central Park
Walk This Way
Walk this way!
  • 1996–1999 OUTWARD BOUND—Providing teachers training workshops
  • 1995–1998 ROTARY CLUB OF SOUTHWEST QUEENS
    —Leading tours for South Queens Boys and Girls Club
  • 1998 FLAT ROCK BROOK NATURE CENTER,
    Englewood, NJ—Staff development workshop
  • 1997–1998 INDIAN ROCK PRODUCE, Quakertown, PA,
    —Consultant, bringing neglected edible wild plants into commercial production for the first time
  • 1992–1996 US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, Brookhaven National Lab—Consultant for NE Energy Consortium science scholarship program for gifted inner-city teenagers
  • 1995 UNITED FEDERATION OF TEACHERS Science Committee at Bank Street—Staff Development Workshops
  • 1992–1993 NYC BOARD OF EDUCATION Citywide Program: Consultant—Five environmental training classes for teachers and twenty sessions for multiply disabled children
  • 1992 Grant Recipient: THE DOOR, in Manhattan—Innercity teenagers environmental program
  • 1992 SCARSDALE TEACHER'S INSTITUTE: Environmental teacher's training course at the Audubon Society's Weinburg Nature Sanctuary
  • 1992–1993 KAY-SWISS SHOES—National Spokesman and Promotional Consultant
  • 1992 SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK, Astoria, Queens—Consultant for combination children’s program of art instruction, science, and nature

1981–2011 OTHER PUBLIC AND PRIVATE EVENTS

African Grey [Parrot] Society, Alley Pond Environmental Center, American Culinary Alliance, Americorps, Ansonia Nature Center, Audubon Societies, Bartlett Arboretum, Bergen County Parks Dept., boy scout and girl scout troops, Blue Hill Restaurant, boy's and girl's clubs, Brooklyn Children's Museum, Bush-Holley House, Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Central Park Conservancy, Chautauqua Institute, Children Museum of Manhattan, Clark Botanic Garden, Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, Culinary Arts at the New School, Culinary Institute of America, Danbury Parks and Recreation Dept., Dreamtime, Earthplace, Earthsave, Flanders Nature Center, French Culinary Institute, Earthsave, Friends of Prospect Park, garden clubs, Green Chimneys, Green Nations Gathering, Holbrook Farm, Holcomb Farm, Honey Locust Farm, Hudson River Museum, Indian Rock Produce, Liberty State Science Center, Learning Alliance, Lenoir Nature Preserve, LI Botanical Society, LI Herb Society, Matterhorn Nursery, Millstone Farm, Mission to Lichtenstein, Long Island Children's Museum, Museum of LI Natural Sciences, NY Academy of Sciences, NYC Parks Council, NY Eco-Expo, NY Open Center, NY Wine and Cheese Club, NY Women's Culinary Alliance, Omega Institute, Organic Connection Fresh Food Market, Pacific Institute, Pennypack Farm, Pratt Center, Queens Botanical Gardens, Rainbeau Ridge, Redding CT Parks and Recreation Dept., Riverkeeper, Roaring Brook Nature Center, Rye Historical Society, Ryder Farm, Rye Historical Society, Rye Nature Center, Sierra Clubs, Silo Cooking School, Silver Lake Nature Center, Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Staten Island Botanical Garden, Sticks and Stones Farm, Stony Kill Farm, Wave Hill, Well-Sweep Herb Farm, Wetlands Cafe, White Memorial Conservation Center, Whole Life/New Life Expos, Wild Women Unite, Winterthur Museum, many YMCAs, and others

NYC DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION, 1986-1990

Parks Commissioner Stern Hires "Wildman"
Parks Commissioner Henry Stern Hires "Wildman"
Watch the TV coverage by WABC Eyewitness News

  • NATURALIST—Natural Resources Group, Henry J. Stern,
    Parks Commissioner
  • ORIGINATOR-ADMINISTATOR—Innovative program of Wild Foods and Ecology Tours, Forager's Field Botany Course, school tours and classroom visits, educational art exhibits
  • PUBLICIST, SPOKESPERSON—News releases, press conference and media appearances
  • INSTRUCTOR—Training sessions for NYC Urban Park Rangers

Books

Apps

Magazine Articles

Edible Queens, Backpacker's Magazine, Today's Dietician, Vegetarian Journal, Early American Life, CommonGround, Fit, Veggie Life, Natural Health and Beauty, VegNews, Environmental News Network, Mushroom the Journal of Wild Mushrooming, Coltsfoot Magazine, Whole Life Times

MEDIA

Wildman with Letterman
"Wildman" with David Letterman

1990—2006 Host-Producer

1982–2011 TV Appearances and Coverage

Dozens of local, national, and international programs, including CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, CBS Sunday Morning, Channel 2 News, Channel 11 News' Weird NY and Pete's People, WABC Channel 7 Eyewitness News, Channel 4 News, Today Show, Sunday Today Show, You Bet Your Life with Bill Cosby, PBS The ’90’s, Souls of NY, and Globe Trekker; Latenight with David Letterman, Joan Rivers Show, Live with Regis and Cathy Lee, 9 Broadcast Plaza, PM Magazine, CNBC’s Alive and Wellness (regular appearances), Sonya Live—CNN, CNN Headline News, CNN Morning News, CNN Earth Matters, CNN News, Hanging With MTV, NY-1, TV Food Network's Roker on the Road, In Food Today, Food and News Views, and other shows, The Joe Franklin Show (twice), The Comedy Network, The Travel Channel, The National Geographic Channel, The Souls of NY, National Geographic TV of India, Nippon TV, a 30-minute documentary Mainichi TV in Japan, and many other Japanese Programs; the basis for Seinfeld’s cousin Jerry, NYC Parks Dept. foraging teacher

1982–2011 Radio Appearances and Coverage

All local NY stations, many national and international programs, including NPR's Science Friday with Ira Flatow, All Things Considered, Living on Earth, and Morning Edition; WOR's Food Talk with Arthur Schwartz (annual guest), and Good Food Show with Patricia McCann; WNYC's Senior Edition and NY & Company, AP Radio, Monitor Radio, Splendid Table, A Chef's Table, BBC World News, Voice of America, Bloomberg News Radio, WAMC's Environment Show, CBS Newsradio 88 (several times), WINS 1010 News Radio, WABC Radio, CKUA Alberta's Ecofile, WMCA's Ask the Doctor, WHYL's What's Kookin' with Baker, Amercan Express in Japan, and many more

1982–2011 Newspaper/Magazine Features/Reviews

New York Times (many features), New York Times Magazine, Chelsea-Clinton News, Chicago Sun-Times (page 1), Chicago Tribune (page 2 and many articles), NY Daily News, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Audubon Magazine, Associated Press, UPI, Reuters, National Geographic, National Wildlife, Newsday (many features), Newsday Magazine (cover story), NY Post (many articles), NY Magazine, The Village Voice (twice), San Diego Tribune, Mushroom Magazine, Fairfield Weekly, Baltimore Sun, SoWhet, Miami Herald, Philadelphia Inquirer (three times), The Phoenix, Boston Globe, Queens Tribune, Brooklyn Skyline, Brooklyn Courier, Brooklyn Papers, India in NY, Mind Body Spirit, National Examiner, Weight Watchers, Self, Elle, Veggie News, Vegetarian Times, London and Manchester Daily Telegraph, London Globe & Mail, Japanese Field and Stream, Japanese Cosmopolitan, Copley News Service, American Survival Guide, Herb Companion, Wild Foods Forum, Yomiuri of Tokyo, and many more

1984-1992 ART EXHIBITS, BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATIONS, AND MODELS OF WILD MUSHROOMS

Yellow Morel Sculpture
Model of the Yellow Morel Mushroom

  • NYC Parks Dept. Arsenal Gallery, Manhattan
  • Botanical Garden, Bronx and Queens
  • NY Public Library, Jefferson Market branch, Manhattan
  • Donnell Library Center, Manhattan
  • Brooklyn Public Library, Main Branch
  • Kissena Park Nature Center, Queens
  • Pelham Bay Park Nature Center, Bronx
  • Mayfair Festival, Allentown, PA
  • Northeast Mycological Foray, Paul Smith College, MA
  • Long Island Museum of Natural Sciences, SUNY at Stonybrook

1967-2011 MUSIC

Amateur virtuoso jazz Brillophone player, jazz history and musicology

1978-2003 NATURAL FOODS COOKING, CATERING, TEACHING

Dandelioin Fried Rice
Dandelion Fried Rice

  • 1978 Cofounder: Natural Gourmet Caterers (not connected to The Natural Gourmet Cookery School)
  • 1979-1980 Yoga Plus Yoga Studio in Forest Hills, Queens, NY—Natural foods cooking teacher
  • 1979 Awosting Hotel in New York State—Natural Foods Chef
  • 2003 Natural Gourmet Cookery SchoolDeveloping and teaching class: "Beyond Soymilk—The Vegan Dairy"

1965-1978 CHESS PLAYER

Over-the-Board US Chess Federation Tournament Chess Player:
Class A–rated contestant

Correspondent Chess League of America Postal Tournament Chess Player: Expert-rated contestant

1967-1971 EDUCATION

BA in Psychology, The George Washington University, Washington, DC