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
Mike began work with the Park District in 1989 as a park service attendant at Pt. Pinole. After leaving the District to acquire a Master of Science degree in Wildland Resource Science from UC Berkeley, he joined the Black Diamond staff as a temporary naturalist aide, becoming permanent in 1995. He has been interpreting in myriad settings, specializing in marine and aquatic science, and boning up on birds. In his "off time" (any such thing?) he likes leading whale-watch trips, skiing, golfing (hacking), quenching his curiosities, and exploring the Northwest.
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.
Cat Taylor joined the EBRPD in 1991 as a naturalist after traipsing about studying black bears, scat, tracks, flying squirrels, plant biodiversity, acid rain and invasive trout at Shenandoah National Park, working as an archaeologist in the nether reaches of Texas and Belize, and working as a ranger/naturalist/summer camp coordinator in Livermore while volunteering at Sunol Wilderness as a docent. She loves to combine her passion for nature, art, photography, storytelling, astronomy, bats, music, critters, kids, science, history, indigenous cultures, rocks and sustainability in offering unique hands-on outdoor experiences for folks of all ages! When not in the parks working, she is usually out in local and global parks playing and exploring on foot, by bike or kayak, tending her vegetable garden, painting and drawing, taking LOTS of photographs, volunteering somewhere or playing with her composting worm buddies.