Naturalists/Instructors at Sunol-Ohlone Regional Wilderness
Address: Sunol Regional Wilderness, P.O. Box 82, Sunol, CA 94586
Phone No.: (510) 544-3249
Kevin Damstra, Supervising Naturalist
Kevin gained his love of the outdoors in the woods and coasts of New England while he was growing up in the greater Boston area. After graduating from the University of Maine with a BS in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism; Kevin traveled the country working for local, state, and National Parks, from Boston to the Redwoods, and Yellowstone. In 2009 Kevin was hired as a Naturalist by the East Bay Regional Park District at Black Diamond Mines, transferring to the Big Break Visitor Center in 2012 to help design and lead the new programs and exhibits found there. Now Kevin can be found in the hills from Sunol Regional Wilderness to Del Valle Regional Park, as the Supervising Naturalist overseeing programs and operations at two Visitor Centers and multiple parks. When not exploring these parks at work, he is often found chasing his two young sons through the same areas.
Ashley Grenier grew up in Castro Valley but it wasn’t in the East Bay where she found her love of nature. When she wasn’t on the soccer field or at a dance competition, her family could be found at the beach in Half Moon Bay, Lake Tahoe, and Kauai. Those experiences plus one transformative week of being a cabin counselor at outdoor school inspired her to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz (Go Slugs!). She then went on to get a Master of Education degree with a focus on Environmental Education from the University of Washington. At IslandWood, a school in the woods on Bainbridge Island, she realized her desire to continue working outdoors and teaching people about the beauty and importance of the environment. Her love of the ocean led her to jobs in the aquarium world but she eventually made her way back home to the Bay Area to become a Naturalist for East Bay Regional Park District.
Cat began her career as an archeologist in Belize and Texas as well as working in wildlife management radio-collaring and studying black bears, electroshocking streams, doing plant biodiversity and flying squirrel studies in the National Parks. But what got her hooked into becoming a naturalist was working as a tracker and scatologist. It was love at first scat! She became an East Bay Regional Park District naturalist staff in 1991 after working as a ranger/naturalist/nature camp coordinator for the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District while volunteering at Sunol as a docent. She is an accomplished artist and illustrator and is discovering the joys of digital photography - her cameras accompany her on all her adventures with her kayak, bikes, kids and backpack adventures. Her goal is to foster a love of nature, culture and adventure while promoting the idea of sustainable lifestyles. She joined the East Bay Regional Park District staff in 1991.