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Naturalists/Instructors at Sunol-Ohlone Regional Wilderness

Sunol-Ohlone Regional Wilderness

Address: Sunol Regional Wilderness, P.O. Box 82, Sunol, CA 94586
Phone No.: (510) 544-3249
Email: svisit@ebparks.org

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 Adams

Ashley first began her career with the East Bay Regional Park District as an Interpretive Student Aide in 2009 at the Crab Cove Visitor Center. Growing up in the East Bay, she was looking for a summer job that could combine her love of nature and sharing knowledge while giving back to her community. Little did she know that opportunity would lead to a lifelong career in interpretation. Upon graduating from Humboldt State University in 2013 with a degree in Geology, Ashley began working as a Naturalist for the City of Berkeley and later Pleasanton. Joining the District as a Naturalist in 2017, Ashley is continuing to share her love of the natural world and rich cultural history of the East Bay with park visitors from all walks of life. When Ashley isn’t performing on the great outdoor stage you can catch her indoors in local community theater performances. 

Ashley Grenier, Naturalist

Ashley Grenier grew up in Castro Valley, and 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 Island Wood, 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.

Constance Taylor, Naturalist/Volunteer Coordinator

A big fan of all things stinky, squishy, and slimy, Constance has had many wildlife adventures that include working with kangaroos in Australia, tracking lions in Mozambique, building trail with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and a brief stint living in a cave.  After graduating from the University of Dayton in 2004 with a BS in Marketing and Management Information Systems, she was employed in the world of comic book publishing for a number of years before realizing that, despite her love of the medium, a desk job wasn’t going to work out.  She is a co-founder of the California Center for Natural History, a volunteer collective of naturalists dedicated to providing community-based learning opportunities to help urbanites get closer to the more-than-human world. She joined East Bay Regional Park District in 2017 and is thrilled to have the opportunity to talk with people about the wonders to be discovered at Sunol, Del Valle, and the other amazing parks in the area!