Open / Closed in the Park:
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|Allison Park: Open daylight hours. Restrooms closed for season.|
|Alpine Boat Basin: Closed for season.|
|Alpine Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. Pavilion restrooms closed for season (parking plaza restrooms remain open). Kearney House closed for season.|
|Englewood Boat Basin: Please contact J.M. Englewood Marina: 201-568-1328.|
|Englewood Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. Snack Shack closed for season.|
|Fort Lee Historic Park: Grounds open daylight hours. Metered parking (year-round, click here for rates). Visitor Center open Weds. to Sun., 10 AM – 4:45 PM. 201-461-1776.|
|Greenbrook Sanctuary: Open daylight hours (membership required). 201-784-0484.|
|Hazard’s Ramp: Closed for season.|
|Henry Hudson Drive: Conditions permitting, Fort Lee to Englewood open daylight hours. Englewood to Alpine closed to motor vehicles for season.|
|Palisades Interstate Parkway in New Jersey: Open 24 hrs.|
|Park Headquarters: Administrative offices open Mon. to Fri., 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM except New Jersey State holidays. 201-768-1360. Parkway Police desk staffed at all times: 201-768-6001. Click here for Court information.
|Ross Dock Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. Restrooms closed for season (Port-A-Johns available).|
|State Line Lookout: Grounds open daylight hours. Lookout Inn (State Line Cafe & bookshop) open 9:30 AM – 5 PM. 201-750-0465.|
|Trails: Open daylight hours. Trail construction with intermittent closures this winter on the Shore Trail between Ross Dock and Englewood.|
|Undercliff Picnic Area: Open daylight hours.|
Sidebar last updated:
February 10, 2017.
The information posted here is subject to change without notice.
“MORE Wild Edible Plants & Healing Herbs of the Palisades” | Sunday, July 9, 2017
The Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey will host a special program with foraging expert Robert “Bobcat” Saunders on Sunday afternoon, July 9, 1:30 – 3:30 PM, meeting at the Park’s Alpine Pavilion. The program will feature a talk, cooking demonstration, and a short walk. To be held rain or shine, the program is free and open to all with no reservations needed. There is a $5 parking fee charge at the Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin, where the Pavilion is located.
“Wild edibles are common, delicious, organic, and free!” Saunders noted in describing his program. Saunders has been cooking and eating wild foods for over four decades — and, he says, lives to keep finding new and better ways to cook them. He has researched cooking from many countries, both formally and from regular everyday family cooks.
“I got started because I love cooking, and also have a deep seated need to explore the outdoors,” Saunders said. “I eventually put them together, and learned to cook what I found outside. After a while, it occurred to me that other people also might be interested, so I offered a class. And people came, and enjoyed themselves.” For twenty-three years now, he has been teaching “Going Wilder in the Kitchen” classes, about foraging, cooking, and healing with wild plants and mushrooms. He has taught the classes for Flat Rock Brook Nature Center, Tenafly Nature Center, Palisades Interstate Park Commission, Wave Hill, and many other organizations. As he has taught, he has also studied with some of the top experts in the field, including Tom Brown Jr. (“The Tracker”), Karen Sherwood, “Wildman” Steve Brill, and others, and he is active in the New Jersey Mycological Association.
For the July 9 program, Saunders will discuss some of the basics of foraging safely and with respect for the natural world, and he will share some of the more useful guidebooks and other resources that are available to the would-be forager. He will bring samples of plants — and foods he has made from plants he has collected — and will share some of his foraging adventures. He will also take the group on a short walk around the grounds nearby the Pavilion to help participants identify some of the plants — many of which also grow throughout northern New Jersey, including in many suburban backyards. Saunders will round out his workshop with a simple cooking demonstration. Participants should dress for the outdoors and wear comfortable, sturdy shoes.
“Bob is able to combine his deep passion for the topic with a clear and easygoing teaching style,” noted Eric Nelsen, an educator at the Park who is coordinating the program with Saunders. “I always learn something new, no matter how many times I attend one of Bob’s programs. And he’s got some great stories to share,” Nelsen added.
When he is not foraging for plants or mushrooms or teaching a class on how to cook them, Saunders is an adjunct professor at Passaic County Community College. He has taught public speaking, computers, and business writing there, as well as computers and management at Bergen Community College and Hunter College and at commercial training centers. He has published articles in technical magazines and taught seminars in the U.S. and England. Saunders has served on the boards of Flat Rock Brook and Greenbook Sanctuary, where he helped both organizations computerize their offices.
The July 9 program will be held rain or shine. The Pavilion is a short walk beyond the parking area for Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin, which is accessible to cars and cyclists from the park’s Alpine entrance at Alpine Approach Road, off U.S. Route 9W about half a mile north of Closter Dock Road, or to cars only from the Palisades Interstate Parkway at Exit 2. (Click here for detailed directions.) For additional information about the program, or visitors can call 201-768-1360 ext. 108.