Discover China Camp's ecosystems, animals, and plants

American avocets feed at low tide in tidal wetlands adjacent to Buckeye Point, China Camp State Park, by Harriot Manley

Take a closer look at some of the healthiest salt marshes in the San Francisco Bay Area, plus oak woodlands and grassy meadows.


Providing healthy habitat for threatened and endangered animals, China Camp stands out as essential refuge along the edge of San Francisco Bay.

Baby blue eyes spritzed with spring rain in China Camp State Park by Harriot Manley
Natural History

Take a look at the wide range of flowers that brighten the meadows, woods, and salt marshes almost year-round at China Camp.

China Camp looking west toward the sunset by Harriot Manley
Photo Gallery

For more images of the plants, animals, and ecosystems at China Camp, peruse our gallery.

Creature Feature: Cool snakes at China Camp

Not everyone loves snakes, but FOCC volunteer Kevin Smead does. Here, he sheds light on the...

Helping monarchs in Marin County

Discover how you can help increase local populations of monarch butterflies with these smart tips.

Talking turkey

Our largest land birds may be goofy, but they’re kinda cool too. Check out these cool...

Living safely with coyotes

Too many human handouts at China Camp and other parks spell big trouble for coyotes. Experts...

Five foxy facts to test your wildlife smarts

Scan through current postings in our local NextDoor sites, and you’ll likely see enthusiastic postings about...

Little bivalve, big impact: oyster research sheds light on bay health

Find out how a little oyster that thrives along our shores can make a huge difference...

White pelicans

Have you seen these cousins of brown pelicans fishing in our waters? Learn more about these...

SF Bay NERR researchers after doing crab research at China Camp State Park.
Scientists get crabby—and muddy—at China Camp

An invasive crustacean has scuttled its way into the park’s wetlands. Learn what researchers are doing...

photos: harriot manley, Sheila Coll