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Mobile Education Programs

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

James C. Frank, Supervising Naturalist

“Ranger James” started his career as a lab technician caring for large research aquariums for the University of Maryland.  He holds a B.S. in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina, and in 2003 earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from UM with certification in biology.  In 2005, James left traditional classroom teaching to become a naturalist at a waterfront nature center on the Chesapeake Bay.  In 2009 he relocated with his family to join the District and supervise the development of EBRPD’s Mobile Fish Exhibit and Mobile Visitor Center programs.  James enjoys introducing people to animals they may not get to see up close in the wild, like fish and reptiles from our East Bay habitats, and the honey bees he keeps in his hives.  

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.