Address: 1231 McKay Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501
Phone No.: 510-544-2527 | Fax: 510-337-0373
James joined the Park District as a volunteer with the Fisheries Department at age 7. He became a Tilden Junior Ranger at 9 years old, and joined the staff team as a Naturalist Aide in 2006. He was hired as a fulltime Naturalist in 2008. James earned a B.A. degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and has completed significant course work in Natural History, Science Communication, and Agro-Ecology. James' previous work includes positions at the UC Santa Cruz Natural History Museum and California Department of Fish and Wildlife. A 9-year lifeguard veteran, James has a love for high adventure and enjoys challenging kids to step outside their comfort zones.
James has boundless enthusiasm for facilitating safe nature "adventures," big and small, for people young and old. From these simple encounters, he believes a world of respect and a sense of stewardship come forth. Along with nature-based programs, James has a deep respect for old-world domesticated plants and animals. He routinely harvests, collects, milks, propagates, clones, and shares all this knowledge and bounty with the public at large. He enjoys bicycling, backpacking, fishing, exploring, and having good old-fashioned adventures with family and friends.
A Bay Area native, Claudia spent her formative years in Richmond where she spent time with her family at Miller-Knox and Wildcat Canyon. After receiving her B.S. degree from UC Santa Barbara in Biological Sciences with a Spanish minor, Claudia spent two years in the Peace Corps in Niger as a Natural Resource Management Volunteer. This experience led her into a career in environmental education where she traveled and worked in Mexico and all over the United States in various National Parks teaching students about conservation and sustainability. Claudia is excited to be back in the Bay Area as a Naturalist with the East Bay Regional Park District.
“Fish Guy Josh” grew up in Louisiana. After receiving his B.S. in Marine Science from Nicholls State University, he worked in experimental aquaculture at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON). In 2003, Joshua moved to California to work for Aquaneering, Inc, where he built and installed aquarium systems between and beyond the borders of the USA. Joshua joined the District in 2010 after running an aquaculture project in Mexico off the Baja coast. Today, Joshua oversees aquatic animal care for the District including the Mobile Fish Exhibit, aquarium exhibits at visitor centers, and a behind-the-scenes aquarium facility. He also assists the District’s Fisheries Program with field research and special projects.
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!