“Ranger James” started his career as a lab technician caring for large research aquariums for the University of Maryland. He holds a B.S. in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina, and in 2003 earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from UM with certification in biology. In 2005, James left traditional classroom teaching to become a naturalist at a waterfront nature center on the Chesapeake Bay. In 2009 he relocated with his family to join the District and supervise the development of EBRPD’s Mobile Fish Exhibit and Mobile Visitor Center programs. James enjoys introducing people to animals they may not get to see up close in the wild, like fish and reptiles from our East Bay habitats, and the honey bees he keeps in his hives.
Michael joined EBRPD in June, 2006 and has loved working at Crab Cove the whole time. He grew up in Los Angeles, earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies from U.C. Santa Cruz, and he moved back to the Bay Area for this wonderful job. Michael worked as a naturalist for twelve years at the Los Angeles County Outdoor Science School and as the Nature Director for a camp for children with diabetes for ten years. He also served on the Board of the Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (AEOE) from 1996-2016. His many interests include organic/native plant gardening, sustainable living, birdwatching, visiting the desert in spring, attending music festivals, photography, drumming, and exploring the world with his young son.
Susan began her career with the East Bay Regional Park District as an Interpretive Student Aid at Coyote Hills. With a degree in Environmental Studies from Cal State Hayward, she worked as a temporary Naturalist at Coyote Hills, Ardenwood and Sunol. She joined the Crab Cove staff as a permanent Naturalist in 1990. Fourteen years and three bundles of joy later she decided to resign from full-time work to raise her sons. She did temporary work with EBRPD and then became a Pre-school Teacher, returning to school to study Early Childhood Development. She returned to full-time work as a permanent Naturalist back at Crab Cove in December 2015. She enjoys spending time with her husband and kids, eating chocolate, camping, hiking, birdwatching and going on night walks looking for bats, owls, and other night time critters. She loves sharing nature with people of all ages.