Naturalists/Instructors at Crab Cove
Address: Crab Cove Visitor Center, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda, CA 94501
Phone No.: (510) 544-3187
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.
Michael joined EBRPD in June, 2006. He grew up in Los Angeles, earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies from U.C. Santa Cruz, and he moved back to the bay area for this wonderful job. Michael worked as a naturalist for twelve years at the Los Angeles County Outdoor Science School and as the Nature Director for a camp for children with diabetes for ten years. For the past twenty years Michael has also served as a board member of the Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (AEOE). His many interests include organic/native plant gardening, sustainable living, birdwatching, visiting the desert in spring, attending music festivals, photography, drumming, and taking care of the worms in his vermicomposting system.
Morgan joined the park district in 2014. A Midwestern transplant with a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Notre Dame, Morgan has been working in environmental education since her first volunteer job at a local nature center in high school (and knew there was no going back!). Before coming to EBRPD, she worked in the Santa Cruz Mountains as the lead naturalist at Santa Cruz County Outdoor Science School and at California State Parks as an interpreter at Big Basin Redwoods State Park and Rancho del Oso. When not exploring and sharing nature as part of her job, Morgan can be found hiking, baking pies, crafting, reading good books, and spending time with friends
Susan began her career with the East Bay Regional Park District as an Interpretive Student Aid at Coyote Hills. With a degree in Environmental Studies from Cal State Hayward, she worked as a temporary Naturalist at Coyote Hills, Ardenwood and Sunol. She joined the Crab Cove staff as a permanent Naturalist in 1990. Fourteen years and three bundles of joy later she decided to resign from full-time work to raise her sons. She did temporary work with EBRPD and then became a Pre-school Teacher, returning to school to study Early Childhood Development. She returned to full-time work as a permanent Naturalist back at Crab Cove in December 2015. She enjoys spending time with her husband and kids, eating chocolate, camping, hiking, birdwatching and going on night walks looking for bats, owls, and other night time critters. She loves sharing nature with people of all ages.