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Mobile Education Programs

Address: 1231 McKay Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501
Phone No.: 510-544-2527 | Fax: 510-337-0373
Email: MobileEducation@ebparks.org

James Wilson, Acting Supervising Naturalist

James joined the Park District as a volunteer with the Fisheries Department at age 7. He became a Tilden Junior Ranger at 9 years old, and joined the staff team as a Naturalist Aide in 2006. He was hired as a fulltime Naturalist in 2008. James earned a B.A. degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and has completed significant course work in Natural History, Science Communication, and Agro-Ecology. James' previous work includes positions at the UC Santa Cruz Natural History Museum and California Department of Fish and Wildlife. A 9-year lifeguard veteran, James has a love for high adventure and enjoys challenging kids to step outside their comfort zones.

Claudia Muñoz, Naturalist

A Bay Area native, Claudia spent her formative years in Richmond where she spent time with her family at Miller-Knox and Wildcat Canyon.  After receiving her B.S. degree from UC Santa Barbara in Biological Sciences with a Spanish minor, Claudia spent two years in the Peace Corps in Niger as a Natural Resource Management Volunteer.  This experience led her into a career in environmental education where she travelled and worked in Mexico and all over the United States in various National Parks teaching students about conservation and sustainability.  Claudia is excited to be back in the Bay Area as a Naturalist with the East Bay Regional Park District.

Joshua Porter, Aquatic Exhibits Resource Analyst

“Fish Guy Josh” grew up in Louisiana.  After receiving his B.S. in Marine Science from Nicholls State University, he worked in experimental aquaculture at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON).  In 2003, Joshua moved to California to work for Aquaneering, Inc, where he built and installed aquarium systems between and beyond the borders of the USA.  Joshua joined the District in 2010 after running an aquaculture project in Mexico off the Baja coast.  Today, Joshua oversees aquatic animal care for the District including the Mobile Fish Exhibit, aquarium exhibits at visitor centers, and a behind-the-scenes aquarium facility.  He also assists the District’s Fisheries Program with field research and special projects.