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Naturalist Book Club

April 8, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

April’s Naturalist Book Club

Join us as we discuss Schilthuizen’s captivating book-

Darwin Comes to Town: How the Urban Jungle Drives Evolution by  Menno Schilthuizen

Join us for a lively discussion of this fascinating book that looks at the impact of the urban environment on the evolution of species.  

“For a long time, biologists thought evolution was a necessarily slow process, too incremental to be observed in a lifetime. In Darwin Comes to Town, evolutionary biologist Menno Schilthuizen shows that evolution can in fact happen extremely quickly, and in the strangest of places: the heart of the city.

Menno Schilthuizen is one of a growing number of “urban ecologists” studying how our manmade environments are accelerating the evolution of the animals and plants around us… Schilthuizen shares a stunning vision of urban evolution in which humans and wildlife co-exist in a unique harmony. It reveals that evolution can happen far more rapidly than Darwin dreamed, while providing a glimmer of hope that our race toward overpopulation might not take the rest of nature down with us.”

Excerpt from Goodreads.com

Date: April 28th, 2019

Time: 7pm-8pm

Location: China Camp Village Museum, China Camp State Park


Space is limited and reservations are required.

To reserve, send email to:

chinacamp.programs@gmail.com or call (415) 456-0766

Include your name, the number of seats you need, and your phone #.

We will reply to confirm your reservation.

Cancellation announcements will be posted on the FOCC website homepage.


April 8, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 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.