Naturalists / Instructors at Black Diamond Mines

Black Diamond Mines

Address: Black Diamond Mines, 5175 Somersville Road, Antioch, CA 94509
Phone No.: (510) 544-2750
Email: bdvisit@ebparks.org

Ashley Adams, Naturalist

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.

Virginia Delgado, Docent Coordinator

Virginia started working with East Bay Regional Park District in 2014 as a temporary Naturalist Aide at Ardenwood Historic Farm and has since become a Naturalist at Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve. She earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies from San Francisco State University where she studied environmental sustainability, policy, and natural resource management. She has explored and interpreted California’s beautiful coastline at the NatureBridge environmental education campus at the Marin Headlands. Prior to joining the park district, Virginia worked in the nonprofit sector in community engagement on environmental justice issues around the San Francisco Bay Area. In her free time, you can catch her going to farmers markets, exploring northern California’s rivers and waterfalls, and spending time at the beach.

Kevin Dixon, Naturalist

Kevin has been working for the Park District since 2007 and roaming the hills of the East Bay since he was old enough to run. He has a master’s degree in Southeast Asian Studies from UC Berkeley and has lectured in Southeast Asian culture and Indonesian language at University of Victoria in British Columbia. He has traveled widely and lived and studied for years in Southeast Asia, fascinated by tropical rain forests and the diversity of cultures.  He has worked with non-profits to organize conferences related to mining, indigenous peoples, and human rights. He has also been a docent with Audubon Canyon Ranch. In his spare time, he likes to hike and ride his bicycle, with frequent stops to observe plants and animals along the way.

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