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Winter Naturalist Hike

January 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Winter: A time for renewal

When you think of winter, you might imagine the snowy Sierra, when most animal and plant life enters a time of dormancy.  Not so in the San Francisco Bay Area. Here, winter is a time of awakening and renewal after the long and dry summer and fall. As we are seeing all around us this year, rains bring the long-golden hills their first touch of green. Trees and shrubs begin to recharge their water stores, and animals busily graze on the emergence of sprouting plants and fungi. Join naturalist Harold Hirsch as he leads us on a hike to explore the new life brought to China Camp’s re-awakening landscape in winter.

Harold Hirsch has been a naturalist for China Camp for over seven years. He has extensive research and knowledge about geology, natural history, and botany at China Camp.


Date: Sunday, January 16

Time: 10 a.m. – noon

Location: Back Ranch Meadows Entrance Gate

Difficulty: Moderate; 4 miles 




Space is limited; reservations required. 

Free (donations appreciated).

Cancellations notified via email.

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

 Photo credit: Rainbow over China Camp salt marsh by Sheila Coll


January 16
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.