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Junior Ranger Program

October 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


October is a spooky time – neighbors adorn their houses with scary decorations, like giant spiderwebs, fake spiders, and bats, to the delight of eager trick-or-treaters on Halloween night. At China Camp, we don’t have spooky decorations, but rather, our park is home to real-life spiders and bats! Check out this month’s Junior Ranger Program as we explore our park’s resident creatures– like the “Marge Simpson” orb spider (Argiope aurantia, pictured to the left), and big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus). We will discover their unique “super powers” which support ecological balance in our environment. Using our scientific tools you will discover the importance of local habitat to these fascinating creatures.


This program will be guided by naturalists/educators Suzanne Mirviss and Paula O’Connell, and is best suited for ages 7 through 9. Children must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.


Date: Sunday, October 8

Time: 10 a.m. – noon

Location: China Camp Village Beach

Ages: ages 7 to 9 




Space is limited; reservations required.

Free (donations appreciated).

Questions? Email programs@friendsofchinacamp.org or call (415) 456-0766.

Cancellations notified via email.


October 8
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

NOTICE: Some sites at the Back Ranch Meadows Campground will be closed Sunday through Thursday from November 14, 2022 until May 13, 2023 due to construction. The group site will remain open during the week. Go to reservecalifornia.com for available reservations.

ADVISORY: December 3, 2023, 8am-2pm. Footrace beginning at Miwok Meadows. Expect increased foot traffic on Shoreline Trail, Oak Ridge Trail, and Bayview trail. Plan your trip to the park accordingly. See calendar for details.