Audible Mount Diablo’s Newest Video Podcast Guide, “Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve”

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FEBRUARY 26th, 2018

Announcing Audible Mount Diablo’s Newest Video Podcast Guide, “Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve”

WALNUT CREEK, CALIF. — Enthusiastic fans of “Audible Mount Diablo” joined Save Mount Diablo recently at their offices in Walnut Creek for the premiere “green carpet” release of the latest Audible Mount Diablo guide, Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve: the rocks, the boomtowns, and nature’s remarkable recovery. It’s the 13th in a series of hour-long guides to Diablo area parks, each made up of ten to fifteen 3-5 minute segments.

Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve traverses areas of grassland, foothill woodland, chaparral, and more. In the latest guide, viewers will enjoy learning about one of the East Bay’s most storied and beautiful parks while taking in some of Scott Hein’s amazing nature photography (featuring great views of our favorite mountain)!

The newest series of Audible Mount Diablo’s video podcast features a panel of expert naturalists whose voices bring the story of Black Diamond Mines to life, including Seth Adams, SMD Land Conservation Director; Scott Hein, nature photographer and SMD board president; Heath Bartosh, botanist and SMD board member; Ken Lavin, naturalist, Mount Diablo Interpretive Association; Kevin Dixon, naturalist, East Bay Regional Park District; Ray Sullivan, geologist; and nature journalist Joan Hamilton, Audible Mount Diablo’s producer.

You’ll feel like you’re already out on the trail as you watch and listen along. About 15 segments long in its entirety, each segment runs approximately 3-5 minutes in duration (perfect for educators and presentations!). Audible Mount Diablo will be airing a segment from the series every Thursday at 3 pm on the AMD Facebook page (@audiblemountdiablo) beginning March 1st, so be sure to follow along. To binge-watch the complete set all at once, head to AMD’s website to stream it online or download the guides.

Audible Mount Diablo has also just released a new film short: a biopic documentary on Save Mount Diablo co-founder, Dr. Mary Bowerman. View it here on Audible Mount Diablo’s website. Want to know more? Explore all of the audible guides series online at

About Audible Mount Diablo: Guides to the Outdoors

Audible Mount Diablo is an invitation to adventure. Patterned on museum tour audio guides, its free multimedia tours combine lively interviews and music with the rush of wind and the chirps, howls, and growls of wildlife. Naturalists heighten visitors’ appreciation of the sights and sounds at each stop, tell tales of the mountain’s past, and suggest what to look for around the next bend. Photographs pop up to help identify plants and animals. Perfect to prepare for your first–or your hundredth–trip up the mountain.

Audible Mount Diablo: Guides to the Outdoors is a video podcast series produced by Joan Hamilton. This educational program is proudly co-sponsored by Save Mount Diablo and Mount Diablo Interpretive Association.



Summary:  Featuring the release of Audible Mount Diablo’s newest video guide series, Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve. The Black Diamond Mine Regional Preserve guide includes interviews with expert naturalists: Seth Adams, Scott Hein, Heath Bartosh, Ken Lavin, Kevin Dixon, Ray Sullivan and Robert Doyle.

Why: In support of Save Mount Diablo’s mission, Audible Mount Diablo seeks to build awareness of local land conservation efforts and convey the importance of protecting open space for habitat and recreation by educating the community about the rich history and biodiversity of Mount Diablo and its surrounding foothills. We intend to reach audiences from all over the Bay Area and hope to inspire community conservation by strengthening public connection to these lands.

Who: Audible Mount Diablo: Guides to the Outdoors

Audible Mount Diablo is a collection of free interpretive video guides to the Diablo region. Co-sponsored by Save Mount Diablo and Mount Diablo Interpretive Association, Audible Mount Diablo is produced by nature journalist Joan Hamilton. We invite you to join us in exploring the Bay Area’s beautiful wild lands and open spaces. Learn more at

Save Mount Diablo

Save Mount Diablo is a nationally accredited, non-profit land trust founded in 1971 with a mission to preserve Mount Diablo’s peaks, surrounding foothills, and watersheds through land acquisition and preservation strategies designed to protect the mountain’s natural beauty, biological diversity, and historic and agricultural heritage; enhance our area’s quality of life; and provide recreational opportunities consistent with the protection of natural resources. To learn more and support Save Mount Diablo please visit

Mount Diablo Interpretive Association is a non-profit all-volunteer organization that assists the California Department of Parks and Recreation in maintaining and interpreting Mount Diablo State Park for its 700,000 visitors each year.


High-Resolution Images and Press Release Files:


Image Credits & Captions:

#1 – Black Diamond Mines title screen_Audible Guide 2-2018

#2 – Coal Miners, Central Mine, Stewartville (C. EBRPD-Edna Gibble Collection)

#3 – D3A10324-Black Diamond Mines – Roddy Hike-4-25-09 (Scott Hein)

#4 – SIGNATURE HIGGINS_FUA#1-DSC_1296 Higgins and Black Diamond Mines 3-2-02 (Scott Hein)

#5 – Star Mine #2-10-6-2001 (Seth Adams)

#6 – 2017 – Seth Black Diamond Mines – Audible Guide-3-23-2017-2

#7 – D5A02582-Black Diamond Mines-3-23-17-Pano (Scott Hein)


Key Contacts:

Caleb Castle, Communications Manager, Save Mount Diablo;

T: (925) 947-3535 x17, C: (925) 451-8376,


Seth Adams, Land Conservation Director, Save Mount Diablo;

T: (925) 947-3535 x22, C: (925) 381-0905,


Joan Hamilton, Producer, Audible Mount Diablo

T: (510) 990-6391,



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