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Naturalists/Instructors at Ardenwood Historic Farm

Ardenwood Historic Farm

Nancy Krebs, Supervising Naturalist

Connecting people with nature has been a passion that has spanned Naturalist Nancy's years in the field of natural resource education and interpretation, which began in 1981. A degree in recreation and natural resource management from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo was a springboard for work with the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, and currently EBRPD. She got her feet wet camping at the age of six months, and now loves camping, canoeing, backpacking, biking, hiking, alpine and Nordic skiing. A weekend is great when in addition to spending time outside with her dog, she can find "radio-time" to enjoy "Car Talk," "This American Life," and "A Prairie Home Companion."

Mindy Castle, Naturalist/Docent Coordinator

Mindy joined the Park District in 2012, but has been romping through the Bay Area’s marshes, forests, grasslands, and estuarine waters since 2002 igniting excitement in kids and adults alike. She holds a B.S. in Biology from Principia College and has worked as an educator for National Audubon Society, Contra Costa Water District, and Marine Science Institute. Her favorite things are bright copper kettles, spending time with her husband and son and their dog, Gertie, cuddling with her two cats, baking delicious desserts, watching movies, and creating new linocuts.

Christina Garcia, Naturalist

Christina began working for the Park District in 1989 as a seasonal campground attendant. She joined the Ardenwood staff as a naturalist in 1996. Christina holds a B.A. in zoology from San Jose State University and has worked as an interpretive specialist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as a wildlife resource analyst for EBRPD. Chris coordinates Ardenwood's 150+ volunteers and enjoys leading birdwalks and hikes, making corn husk dolls, and experimenting with edible wild plants. Days off are spent banding birds for a local conservation group, planning her next camping trip to the desert, or gardening at home.

Jenna Scimeca, Naturalist

Jenna joined the Park District in 2011. She has a degree in History with a minor in Latin from CSU Sacramento, and she began working for California State Parks just after graduating from high school. Jenna has dedicated the past 11 years to the interpretive field at Empire Mine State Historic Park, the State Capitol, Pismo State Beach and Oceano Dunes State Vehicle Recreation Area. Her experience has given her a wide perspective of California’s natural and cultural history, from the North Coast and the Sierra Nevada mountains, on down to the Mojave Desert. When not delving into California’s gold rush history, she enjoys hiking, swimming and generally anything involving being outdoors with family and friends.


Address: Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont, CA 94555
Phone No.: (510) 544-2797