Who We Are
Executive Director: Constance Taylor
Constance Taylor is a big fan of all things stinky, squishy, and slimy. She has over 10 years of experience providing naturalist outreach & education for all ages, has worked as a rehabilitator of kangaroos in Australia and a finder of lions in Mozambique, and has lived in a cave, among other things (she'll tell you some stories if you ask her).
In 2012 she founded Wild Oakland, a non-profit organization that provided free environmental education for adults. As it grew, she realized there was a larger demand for this type of programming that Wild Oakland was unable to meet on its own. In 2015 she joined forces with other naturalists and they created CCNH! CCNH is a vehicle to provide more natural history learning opportunities for anyone who wants to get closer to the more-than-human world.
One of Constance's main goals in life is to get people to say “Awesome!” when they see things like flies and animal poo. She hopes you'll come to a CCNH event and say hello!
Clayton Anderson is a lifelong naturalist
and a master birder. He currently works as
an environmental educator, and serves on
the boards of the Golden Gate Audubon
Society and the Insect Sciences Museum of
California. Clay is also a tropical fish
Nik Bertulis is an educator, naturalist and designer. He has taught and developed ecology and sustainability curriculum at Merritt College, San Francisco Art Institute and PLACE for Sustainable Living.
His work is grounded in 19 years of experience in habitat restoration, green infrastructure design/build and sustainable food systems. He is currently obsessed with wildlife corridors and is on the board of the Watershed Alliance of Marin and the Oakleyville Cooperative.
Tony Iwane grew up in Hawaii and would like to thank the anoles and spiders he caught (and the Portuguese man-o-wars who stung him) for introducing him to nature.
Since moving to the East Bay in 2006, Tony has fallen in love with California's wildlife and can often be found outdoors looking for snakes, bugs, birds and sometimes even mammals. He is passionate about introducing the natural world to people of all walks of life, especially those in underserved communities.
Angela Pai was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. After decades of hiking on regional trails, she has begun to learn a thing or two about local wildlife.
She is currently a part-time student at Merritt College in Oakland, where she takes natural history and plant identification courses. With the help of her instructors and peers, she has learned more about plants this year than anything else.
Whether for sixth-grade science camps or State Parks, Trent Pearce has been an environmental educator in coastal California for over a decade . He is currently an interpretive naturalist with both the California Center for Natural History and the East Bay Regional Park District. He is also a photographer, writer, and lover of wilderness and wild things.
In his free time, Trent enjoys participating in citizen science projects, birding with friends, and backpacking in the Sierras. His varied interests are eclipsed only by his passion to teach and share the natural world with others.
Lo Scheiner is an amateur naturalist and part-time natural history student at Merritt College. She wants to know everything: what's that called, why does it do that weird thing, and how is it connected to everything else. Then, she wants to tell everyone about it.
In her day job, Lo works with adults who have speech, language, and cognitive impairments. She is interested in working to make CCNH events accessible to people with disabilities.
Christian Schwarz spends most of his time exploring the world of mushrooms, and is focused particularly on documenting the fungal diversity of Santa Cruz County and California in general. He's also fascinated by nudibranchs, bewitched by birds, wooed by whales, and and beguiled by flowers.
He's passionate about citizen science, especially in creating a two-way flow of information between amateur naturalists and professional scientists. By fostering communities of people with a shared love of nature, he hopes to see the continued growth of a strong conservation ethic in California.
Born in Klamath Falls Oregon and raised in Calaveras County of California, Damon Tighe attended Saint Mary’s college of Moraga California where he worked on local newspapers while earning a Biology/Chemistry degree. He taught High School in Portland, Oregon and moved back to the Bay Area to work on the Human Genome Project at the National Lab’s Joint Genome Institute. He spent a bit of time pursing a MFA in Natural History and Science Filmmaking in Montana, but returned to the Oakland to work on biofuels and single cell genomics.
He currently manages an apartment complex in downtown Oakland, works for Bio-Rad laboratories designing curriculum and training educators from Colorado to the coast in biotechnology, and is well versed in local fungi, plants and slowly but surely critters of Lake Merritt.
Liz Williams is an experienced naturalist and K-12 educator. From 2003 to 2009 Liz worked as a seasonal wildlife biologist, completing backcountry avian, mammal, herpetofauna, and plant surveys for federal agencies throughout the western U.S. Since 2009 Liz has worked in the field of education, working as an Education Project Leader for the Klamath Bird Observatory, a 4th grade classroom teacher in Berkeley, CA, an educator for the River Otter Ecology Project, and as a private tutor.
Liz owns and operates High Tail Hikes, a dog walking and pet sitting business in Oakland, CA. Liz holds a B.A. in Geography from the University of California, Berkeley, an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana, and an Elementary Teaching Credential from Dominican University of California.