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January 2019

Waitlist Only: King Tide Hike!

January 21 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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January 21 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

THis event is Full- Waitlist only

Flooded with Science and Seawater:

A guided nature walk at China Camp State Park
during a King Tide

Date: Sunday, December 23rd
Start time: 11:30 am
End time: 1:30 pm

AND

Date: Monday, January 21st
Start time: 11:00 am
End time: 1:00 pm

Celebrate winter with a beautiful short hike and lots of science at China Camp State Park! Join
scientist and educator Sarah Ferner from San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research
Reserve for a walk near the edge of China Camp’s tidal salt marsh during one of the highest high
tides of the year – a King Tide. Nature should put on a quietly beautiful show as the rising tide
slowly floods the marsh. We will learn about the marsh, scientific research occurring there, and
what king tides can teach us about sea level rise. Bring your camera to participate in California
King Tide Initiative’s citizen science photo monitoring. Registration required.

Cost: Free.

What to be prepared for: Please dress appropriately for weather, including walking on trails
that will likely be wet or muddy and standing still in windy conditions. This event is primarily
for adults.
What to bring: Camera, binoculars

Meeting place: Turtleback Hill Nature Trail within China Camp State Park. Please enter the
Park from the East (Peacock Gap/Downtown San Rafael). If N. San Pedro Rd is flooded, the
meeting location will be moved east of the flooding. Please do not drive through flooded areas!
Weather plan: Very heavy rain may cancel

Space is limited and reservations are required.  To reserve, send email to: chinacamp.programs@gmail.com, or call (415) 456-0766Please indicate a) the date of the program you would like to reserve b) your name, c) your phone number, d) the total number of places you are reserving. We will reply to confirm your reservation.

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Date:
January 21
Time:
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

King Tide Talk

January 26 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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January 26 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

 

Saturday, January 26th, 2018

Location: China Camp Village Museum

Time: 4:30pm -5:30pm

 

Come to China Camp State Park to learn what extreme high tides, commonly called King Tides, can tell us about sea level rise. As part of NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System, China Camp’s tidal marshes play a key role in helping scientists understand how marshes respond to sea level rise and how we can protect them. In this evening talk, we will hear about what scientists have learned so far and how they are learning more through research right here at China Camp.

This talk is presented by Sarah Ferner, Education Coordinator for the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. This talk is an expansion of the popular King Tide Walks Sarah leads each year at China Camp and Rush Ranch (in Solano County). If you’ve left a walk wanting more, this is your chance to go deeper into the science!

 

FOCC Members — Free Admission

General Public — $5 Admission

Hot beverages and snacks will be provided. Please dress warmly!

 

Space is limited and reservations are required.

To reserve, send email to:

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

Include your name and the number of seats you need.

We will reply to confirm your reservation.

Cancellation announcements will be posted on the FOCC website homepage.

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Date:
January 26
Time:
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Naturalist Hike: Knight Drive

January 27 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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January 27 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

GUIDED HIKING PROGRAM

Naturalist Hikes at China Camp

Learn about the abundant wildlife in the area.

See amazing views of the park.

Get Outside and exercise by the glittering bay.

Join our naturalists  for guided Sunday morning hikes at China Camp.

Most hikes range from easy to moderate, ranging from 1.5 to 4 miles. Please bring appropriate hiking gear, warm clothing water, snacks, sunscreen and a hat.

 

 

 

If you are bringing more than 5 people, please RSVP to  chinacamp.programs@gmail.com or (415)456-0766, otherwise you can just show up! Hea

vy rain will cancel the hike- cancellations posted on FOCC website.

  • 1/6 Turtleback Trail– 9am:  Family Friendly hike. Easy  1 mile. Lead by naturalist Susan Edwards
  • 1/13  Back Ranch Meadows12:30pm:  Advanced.  4.5 miles, 500 ft elevation gain. Lead by naturalist Harold Hirsch.
  • 1/20 Beechwood Ct. & Heartwood Ct. Intersection. 12:30pm Advanced. 6 miles. 1000 ft elevation gain. Lead by naturalist Harold Hirsch.
  • 1/27 Knight Drive – 12:30pm  Intermediate.  2-3 miles. 600 ft elevation gain. Lead by naturalist Harold Hirsch.

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Date:
January 27
Time:
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Natural History Book Club

January 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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January 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Friends of China Camp for January’s book selection:

THE INVENTION OF NATURE

By Andrea Wulf

January 27th, 2018- 7pm

 

Named Best Book of the Year by The New York Times and many more.

Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was the most famous scientist of his age, a visionary German naturalist and polymath whose discoveries forever changed the way we understand the natural world. Among his most revolutionary ideas was a radical conception of nature as a complex and interconnected global force that does not exist for the use of humankind alone. In North America, Humboldt’s name still graces towns, counties, parks, bays, lakes, mountains, and a river. And yet the man has been all but forgotten.  

 

In this illuminating biography, Andrea Wulf brings Humboldt’s extraordinary life back into focus: his prediction of human-induced climate change; his daring expeditions to the highest peaks of South America and to the anthrax-infected steppes of Siberia; his relationships with iconic figures, including Simón Bolívar and Thomas Jefferson; and the lasting influence of his writings on Darwin, Wordsworth, Goethe, Muir, Thoreau, and many others. Brilliantly researched and stunningly written, The Invention of Nature reveals the myriad ways in which Humboldt’s ideas form the foundation of modern environmentalism—and reminds us why they are as prescient and vital as ever. (Exerp by Amazon.com)

Reservations are required.  To reserve, send email to: chinacamp.programs@gmail.com, or call (415) 456-0766. Please indicate a) the date of the program you would like to reserve b) your name, c) your phone number, d) the total number of places you are reserving. We will reply to confirm your reservation.

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Date:
January 27
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

February 2019

Migratory Bird Walk

February 2 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
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February 2 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Migratory Bird Walk

Bring your binoculars on this stimulating hike as we explore the lives of the migratory birds at China Camp. As the weather begins to get warmer and the days longer, we will see the first appearances of migrating species as they make their journey north from their wintering sites in the south. This is also the time when hawks and owls begin to make their nests. We will also talk about how you can welcome them back by creating a bird-friendly habitat in your backyard garden.  Birding beginners welcome!

Bring a pair of binoculars, pen and notebook.  Also please bring snacks, water and good walking shoes.

 

Jerry Coe is a naturalist and mountaineering guide with over 8 years of intensive training in ornithological identification. He spent 15 years as a volunteer in the Great Basin, Nevada doing “Point Count surveys” to study health of habitats and has lead guided expeditions all over the world.

 

Date: Saturday Feb 2nd, 8am-10am

Meeting Location: Shoreline Trailhead across from Turtleback Trailhead. Here is a link to a google map.

Cost for both events: Members: Free

                                     Non-Members:$5

 

To find out the meeting locations please RSVP. Space is limited and reservations are required.   To reserve, send email to: chinacamp.programs@gmail.com, or call

(415) 456-0766. Please indicate a) the date of the program you would like to reserve b) your name, c) your phone number, d) the total number of places you are reserving.

We will reply to confirm your reservation.

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Date:
February 2
Time:
8:00 am - 10:00 am

Easy Turtleback Trail Hike!

February 10 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
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February 10 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

TURTLEBACK TRAIL WALK

 

GUIDED HIKING PROGRAM

Explore China Camp With a Naturalist

Learn about the abundant wildlife in the area.

See amazing views of the park.

Get Outside and exercise by the glittering bay.

Join naturalist Susan Edwards as we uncover the secrets of the Heart of China Camp: Turtleback trail. We’ll start at the Turtleback trailhead and wander among the pickleweed marsh and the oak woodlands to discover the plants and creatures that make it home. This will be a slow, joyful walk to see, smell, taste, hear and feel as much as we can. Susan is a seasoned naturalist who loves to share her knowledge of the intricate secrets of natural world along the trails of China Camp.

Families with children of all ages, welcome!

 Please bring appropriate hiking gear, warm clothing water, snacks, sunscreen and a hat.

When: February 10th, 2019

Where: Turtleback Trailhead, China Camp State Park

Time: 9am-11am

Please bring appropriate hiking gear, water, and sunscreen. Weather conditions may cancel event.

To RSVP or for directions please contact chinacamp.programs@gmail.com or

call (415)456-0766.

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Date:
February 10
Time:
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Junior Ranger Program!

February 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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February 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM

Beaks and Wings, Feathers and Feet!

 

Join naturalist Susan Edwards as we use all our senses and observational skills to get to know the birds that visit China Camp in the early Spring.

This will be a fun science program with games, art and a chance to earn a Jr. Ranger badge.

Best for ages 6-10

 

Date: February 17th, 2019

Time: 10am-Noon

Location: China Camp Village Parking lot.

 

 

 

Space is limited and reservations are required.

To reserve, send email to:

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

Include your name and the number of seats you need.

We will reply to confirm your reservation.

Cancellation announcements will be posted on the FOCC website homepage.

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Date:
February 17
Time:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Naturalist Hike: Back Ranch Meadows

February 17 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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February 17 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

GUIDED HIKING PROGRAM

Naturalist Hikes at China Camp

Learn about the abundant wildlife in the area.

See amazing views of the park.

Get Outside and exercise by the glittering bay.

Join our naturalists  for guided Sunday morning hikes at China Camp.

Most hikes range from easy to moderate, ranging from 1.5 to 4 miles. Please bring appropriate hiking gear, warm clothing water, snacks, sunscreen and a hat.

  • 2/10 Turtleback Trail– 9am:  Family Friendly hike. Easy  1 mile. Lead by naturalist Susan Edwards
  • 2/17  Back Ranch Meadows12:30pm:  Advanced.  4.5 miles, 500 ft elevation gain. Lead by naturalist Harold Hirsch.
  • 2/23 Knight Drive – 12:30pm  Intermediate.  2-3 miles. 600 ft elevation gain. Lead by naturalist Harold Hirsch.
  • 3/3 Beechwood Ct. & Heartwood Ct. Intersection. 12:30pm Advanced. 6 miles. 1000 ft elevation gain. Lead by naturalist Harold Hirsch.

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Date:
February 17
Time:
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Naturalist Hike: Knight Drive

February 23 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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February 23 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

GUIDED HIKING PROGRAM

Naturalist Hikes at China Camp

Learn about the abundant wildlife in the area.

See amazing views of the park.

Get Outside and exercise by the glittering bay.

Join our naturalists  for guided Sunday morning hikes at China Camp.

Most hikes range from easy to moderate, ranging from 1.5 to 4 miles. Please bring appropriate hiking gear, warm clothing water, snacks, sunscreen and a hat.

  • 2/10 Turtleback Trail– 9am:  Family Friendly hike. Easy  1 mile. Lead by naturalist Susan Edwards
  • 2/17  Back Ranch Meadows12:30pm:  Advanced.  4.5 miles, 500 ft elevation gain. Lead by naturalist Harold Hirsch.
  • 2/23 Knight Drive Trailhead (At the end of Knight Drive in San Rafael) – 12:30pm  Intermediate.  2-3 miles. 600 ft elevation gain. Lead by naturalist Harold Hirsch.
  • 3/3 Beechwood Ct. & Heartwood Ct. intersection in Glenwood neighborhood. 12:30pm Advanced. 6 miles. 1000 ft elevation gain. Lead by naturalist Harold Hirsch.

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Date:
February 23
Time:
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Village Talk: History of San Francisco Bay Area Development

February 23 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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February 23 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

February’s Village Talk:

A History of Development:

The San Francisco Bay Reber Plan

In Commemoration of Engineer Week

The San Francisco Bay area dramatically changed after the US took ownership of California in 1848.  The Gold Rush and other international events lead to a dramatic rise in population density in the Bay Area. The precipitous increases lead to resource scarcity- which provoked the development of the San Francisco Bay Project (aka the John Reber Plan).  Mr. John Reber came up with the perfect solution to California’s water issues which gave birth to the largest civil works project in the history of the country at that time -with enormous public support and national acclaim. Why did congress want to involve the US Army Corps of Engineers? The SF Bay Project seemed like such a good idea at the time. What could possibly go wrong? Join Linda Holm, a Park Ranger with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Bay Model, as she guides us in a journey back in time to see how major developments have changed the SF Bay that we know today.

 

 

Date: Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm

Location: China Camp Village Museum

 

FOCC Members — Free Admission

General Public — $5 Admission

Hot beverages and snacks will be provided. Please dress warmly!

 

Space is limited and reservations are required.

To reserve, send email to:

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

Include your name and the number of seats you need.

We will reply to confirm your reservation.

Cancellation announcements will be posted on the FOCC website homepage.

Details

Date:
February 23
Time:
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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