Address: Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Rd., Fremont, CA 94555
Phone No.: (510) 544-3220
Christopher has always loved being outdoors and exploring the natural world. Before returning to Coyote Hills in 2021 he worked as an educator (both in and outside of the classroom), park ranger, naturalist, and volunteer manager in various habitats and institutions throughout the Bay Area. These include the California Academy of Sciences, Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, Aquarium of the Bay, Loch Lomond Recreation Area, and Santa Cruz and Berkeley Public Libraries. With EB Parks he also previously worked as a Park Ranger at Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline and an Interpretive Student Aide at Coyote Hills. Christopher earned a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from UC Berkeley with an emphasis in Native American studies and completed additional coursework in ecology and biology. He is genuinely excited about all things related to science, education, history, biodiversity, and sharing the importance of being a steward of the natural world.
Helping people develop an interconnection with our natural world and our past history has been a passion for Dino. He began his association with EBRPD while hiking through the various ecological communities within the regional parks. This led to becoming an Interpretive Student Aide for EBRPD in 2001. Later, Dino worked as a Temporary Naturalist for Crab Cove Regional Park and Sunol-Ohlone Regional Wilderness. He joined the ranks of the permanent naturalist staff in 2006 and interprets natural and cultural history as a full-time employee at Coyote Hills Regional Park.
Dino also worked as a Program Naturalist for the City of Pleasanton. He designed and presented programs to the Pleasanton Unified School District, organized the summer nature camps, led nature hikes and conducted community outreach programs.
Dino received his B.F.A from California College of the Arts in Oakland. He enjoys backpacking, visiting museums, art, indigenous skills, seafood and good friends.
Kristina Parkison holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. After graduation, she joined the Peace Corps to teach biology in Malawi. Upon her return, she became involved in environmental education, working as a naturalist for several outdoor schools throughout the state. Kristina has also worked for California State Parks as a Park Interpretive Specialist. She started with the East Bay Regional Park District in August 2001 and brings with her a love of teaching and shares an appreciation of nature.