A Guided Walk With Black Forager
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A Guided Walk With Black Forager

Discovering Hidden Bounty in Our Local Places

Our Guided Walk with Black Forager is SOLD OUT. Alexis Nikole Nelson is also joining us for an evening conversation event on Friday, April 12. Learn more and register for her conversation (in-person or via livestream).

2-Hour Guided Walk

Alexis Nikole Nelson aka Black Forager uses her platform to engage with millions—yelling, singing, and celebrating the hidden bounty of edible plants waiting to be found in our backyards, on our nature hikes, growing from our sidewalks and in our parks across the world.

As a forager and outdoor educator, Alexis can find joy, surprise, and wonder in almost any walk—from wild trails to city streets and manicured lawns. Through her work she seeks to empower everyone around the world—in food deserts and beyond—to learn about, grow, cook, and enjoy food in an accessible way.

Join Alexis for a joyful, intimate, and informative adventure through an East Bay park. Participants will learn about the edible and delicious wild food items all around them, and the safe ways to prepare them for consumption.

Participants should be ready for a comfortable walk that will stop often so Alexis can share important information (and a joke or two).

Alexis Nikole Nelson color portrait. Alexis aka Black Forager is a Black woman with shades of brown curly hair. She is wearing large glasses, red lips, and a blue knit sweater. She also has what looks like mint in her hair and is biting a bit of a green plant between her teeth as she smiles.

Alexis Nikole Nelson is a forager and an outdoor educator using her platform to yell, sing and celebrate all the edible plants hiding in plain sight! She invites all who will come on the foraging journey of collecting, identifying, and eating wild food. Nelson has also cooked up quite a few awards, receiving the James Beard Award for “Best Social Media” 2022, being chosen for the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, being chosen as a TikTok Tastemaker, and being honored as part of Fortune Magazine’s Creator 25 in 2021.

With 5 million followers joining Alexis on the adventure, she reframes the world of food, asking us to consider tastefully satiating and environmentally sustainable food choices. She also peels back historical layers on African American and Indigenous food traditions that have traditionally been repressed.

Whether Nelson is teaching audiences which seaweeds are delish or turning acorns into cheese, she does so with a song and a smile. Nelson’s comedic lessons and videos direct audiences to freely accessible food options and demonstrations of tasty dishes.

While delivered in a light-hearted manner, Nelson’s content has empowered those living in food deserts with greater self- sufficiency – which is no laughing matter.

Nelson takes audiences into the woods and to the oceans in search of edible plants to enrich their palates and the planet.

As Alexis would say, happy snacking, don’t die!



  • This event is being hosted in-person only and will not be recorded to maintain the privacy of all attendees.
  • The location of this event will be announced to all attendees via Eventbrite at least 1 week prior to the event. Further accessibility and mobility information will also be provided once the location is announced.
  • More information about how to prepare will be sent to registrants in advance, but we encourage you to email publicprograms@ciis.edu if you have questions.


If you need to request accessibility accommodations, please email publicprograms@ciis.edu at least one week prior to the event. For more information, explore our Accessibility web page.

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