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Naturalists/Instructors at Big Break Regional Shoreline

Big Break Regional Shoreline

Address: Main staging area and Visitor Center: 69 Big Break Road, Oakley, CA 94561
Mailing Address: 470 Walnut Meadows Drive Oakley, CA 94561
Phone Number: (510) 544-3050
Email: bigbreakvisit@ebparks.org

Mike Moran, Supervising Naturalist

Mike has been a Naturalist with East Bay Regional Park District since 1994, interpreting the Delta and assisting in the development of the Big Break Visitor Center at the Delta. His areas of interest are California water, birds and local history. Mike has worked with the National Park Service, California State Parks, National Marine Sanctuary System, Yosemite Institute (now Nature Bridge), and led natural history and whale watch programs in Alaska, Canada, New England, Washington, and California.
He attended San Francisco State University (BA Recreation & Leisure Studies, BA Geography & Human Environmental Studies), and the University of California, Berkeley (MS, Wildland Resource Science, studying San Joaquin River basin salmon).
Mike was awarded the national Master Frontline Interpreter Award in 2012 from the National Association for Interpretation, and the 2013 Robert G. Brownlee Award for Bay Discoveries from the Marine Science Institute. . 

Nichole Gange, Naturalist

Nichole grew up in San Leandro enjoying parks, such as Redwood and Lake Chabot Regional Parks. She pursued her passion for connecting with people and the environment while she earned her Bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University in Environmental Education and Interpretation in 2010. Since then she has had the pleasure of working in a variety of California State Parks and National Parks. Nichole is thrilled to have found her way back to the Bay Area to be a Naturalist with the East Bay Regional Park District team.

Morgan Evans, Naturalist

Morgan began her career with the Park District in 2008 as an Interpretive Student Aide at the Tilden Nature Area. She has also served as a docent at the Regional Parks Botanic Garden and worked as a Recreation Leader leading boating and camping programs. An accomplished backpacker, botanist & photographer, she enjoys leading hikes for the SF Bay chapter of the Sierra Club. She attended World College West focusing on International Service and Development in rural China. She is also a graduate of Merritt College's Ranger/Naturalist program and the California Culinary Academy (if any of her programs have a connection with food - sign up!).