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August 2019

Heritage Day Festival

August 24 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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August 24 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

This event is handicap accessible. Overflow shuttle parking will be available at the China Camp Ranger Station.

 

Schedule of Events

 

11:00am   Marin Chinese Cultural Association Lion Dance        

Noon        Chinese Guzheng (Chinese Harp) by Melody Yan

12:30       Redwood Empire Chinese Association Dragon Dance &                          Cultural Dances

1:00             Chinese Folk Music by Stephen Shen

1:30            Tai Chi (30 min)          

2pm            Museum tour 

3:00             Interactive Ribbon Dance – all ages welcome!

4pm           End of event

 

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Date:
August 24
Time:
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Naturalist Hike: Heritage Day Walk

August 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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August 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

August

GUIDED HIKING PROGRAM 

Naturalist Hikes at China Camp

Learn about the abundant wildlife in the area.

See stunning vistas.

Get Outside and exercise by the glittering bay. 

Join us for a guided hike at China Camp, lead by naturalist Harold Hirsch. These weekend hikes range from easy to advanced, from 1.5 to 6 miles. Please wear layers and good hiking shoes. Bring appropriate hiking gear, water, snacks, sunscreen and a hat.

  • 8/3 Back Ranch Meadows Entrance Gate9:30am: Intermediate, 3 miles, 400 ft elevation gain. Meet at the entrance gate by the guard kiosk. 
  • 8/17 Knight Drive Trailhead-  9:30am:  Intermediate,  3 miles, 100 ft elevation gain. 
  • 8/24 China Camp Village– Heritage Day Festival Hike- 1:00 pm: Intermediate,  3 miles, 100 ft elevation gain. Begins at China Camp Village at Friends of China Camp Membership Tent. Shuttle overflow parking from Ranger Station.
  • 8/31 Beechwood Ct & Heartwood Ct. (To Gold Hill Fire Rd.) 9:30am Intermediate, 3 miles, 400 ft elevation gain.

If you are bringing more than 5 people, 

please RSVP to  chinacamp.programs@gmail.com or (415)456-0766.

Include your name, phone number and number of hikers. 

Otherwise you can just show up! 

Cancellation announcements will be posted on the FOCC website homepage

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Date:
August 24
Time:
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Naturalist Book Club

August 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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August 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

 August 25th 

Naturalist Book Club

Join us as we discuss David Rains Wallace’s captivating book- Mountains and Marshes- Exploring the Bay Area’s Natural History.

Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “a writer in the tradition of Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and other self-educated seers”, David Rains Wallace turns his attention to one of the most distinctive corners of California: the San Francisco Bay Area. Weaving a complex and engaging story of the Bay Area from personal, historical, and environmental threads, Wallace’s exploration of the natural world takes readers on a fascinating tour through the region: from Point Reyes National Park, where an abandoned campfire and an invasion of Douglas fir trees combusted into a dangerous wildfire, to Oakland’s Lake Merritt, a surprising site amid skyscrapers for some of the best local bird-watching…

 

With a naturalist’s eye, a penchant for local history, and an obvious passion for the subject, Wallace’s new collection is among the first nature writing dedicated entirely to the Bay Area.

Excerpt by Amazon.com

 

Join us for a lively discussion of this fascinating book.

 

 

 

Date: August 25th 

Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

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.

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Date:
August 25
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Park Champion Work Day

August 31 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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August 31 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join us for a day a trail repairs. We’ll be continuing our work on Shoreline Trail, rebuilding it to state standards, compacting the tread, replacing split rail fencing and wattling the edge.

Lunch is provided. Limited free camping is available to registered volunteers. Ages 16 and up are welcome. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

To register, please go to the California State Parks Foundation website. Once you are registered, they will send additional information about where to meet, what to bring (in addition to your smiles and volunteer spirit) and what to wear. Your registration helps us prepare for equipment, supplies and, of course, food. Be sure to include your email address…just in case rain causes us to cancel and we need to contact you.

The work will be moderately strenuous. Join us and meet new people who, like you, care about our parks. To get a flavor of our work day events see the FOCC Maintenance photo gallery.

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Date:
August 31
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Naturalist Hike: Glenwood

August 31 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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August 31 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

August

GUIDED HIKING PROGRAM 

Naturalist Hikes at China Camp

Learn about the abundant wildlife in the area.

See stunning vistas.

Get Outside and exercise by the glittering bay. 

Join us for a guided hike at China Camp, lead by naturalist Harold Hirsch. These weekend hikes range from easy to advanced, from 1.5 to 6 miles. Please wear layers and good hiking shoes. Bring appropriate hiking gear, water, snacks, sunscreen and a hat.

  • 8/3 Back Ranch Meadows Entrance Gate9:30am: Intermediate, 3 miles, 400 ft elevation gain. Meet at the entrance gate by the guard kiosk. 
  • 8/17 Knight Drive Trailhead-  9:30am:  Intermediate,  3 miles, 100 ft elevation gain. 
  • 8/24 China Camp Village– Heritage Day Festival Hike- 1:00 pm: Intermediate,  3 miles, 100 ft elevation gain. Begins at China Camp Village at Friends of China Camp Membership Tent. Shuttle overflow parking from Ranger Station.
  • 8/31 Beechwood Ct & Heartwood Ct. in Glenwood neighborhood off of Knight Dr.(To Gold Hill Fire Rd.) 9:30am Intermediate, 3 miles, 400 ft elevation gain.

If you are bringing more than 5 people, 

please RSVP to  chinacamp.programs@gmail.com or (415)456-0766.

Include your name, phone number and number of hikers. 

Otherwise you can just show up! 

Cancellation announcements will be posted on the FOCC website homepage

Details

Date:
August 31
Time:
9:30 am - 11:30 am

September 2019

Junior Ranger Program

September 7 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
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September 7 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

September 7th 

Junior Ranger Program

China Camp Oak Woodland Exploration

Earn your Jr. Ranger badge as we explore China Camp’s majestic oak trees and the insects and animals that call them home. We’ll learn about the cultural and natural history of China Camp’s oak woodlands. Each program encourages participants to become stewards of their local environment. It may be a warm day, so bring lots of water.

               

 

 

 

Date: Saturday, September 7th

Time: 9:00am  -10:30am

Location: Miwok Meadows Trailhead

Age: Best for ages 6-10, accompanied by an adult.

 

Wear appropriate hiking clothes and shoes. Bring snacks, sunscreen, a hat, and binoculars (if you have them).

Space is limited and reservations are required.

To reserve, send email to:

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

Include your name, phone #, and the number of people attending.

We will reply to confirm your reservation.

Cancellation announcements will be posted on the FOCC website homepage.

Details

Date:
September 7
Time:
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Naturalist Hike: Back Ranch Meadows

September 7 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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September 7 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

September

GUIDED HIKING PROGRAM 

Naturalist Hikes at China Camp

Learn about the abundant wildlife in the area.

See stunning vistas.

Get Outside and exercise by the glittering bay. 

Join us for a guided hike at China Camp, lead by naturalist Harold Hirsch. These weekend hikes range from easy to advanced, from 1.5 to 6 miles. Please wear layers and good hiking shoes. Bring appropriate hiking gear, water, snacks, sunscreen and a hat.

  • 9/7 Back Ranch Meadows Entrance Gate9:30am: Intermediate, 3 miles, 400 ft elevation gain.
  • 9/14 Knight Drive Trailhead-  9:30am:  Intermediate,  3 miles, 100 ft elevation gain. 
  • 9/21 Turtleback Trail Hike–  9:30am: Easy,  3 miles, 50 ft elevation gain.
  • 9/28 Beechwood Ct. & Heartwood Ct. (to Gold Hill Fire Rd.) 9:30am Intermediate, 3 miles 400 ft elevation gain.

If you are bringing more than 5 people, 

please RSVP to  chinacamp.programs@gmail.com or (415)456-0766.

Include your name, phone number and number of hikers. 

Otherwise you can just show up! 

Cancellation announcements will be posted on the FOCC website homepage.

Details

Date:
September 7
Time:
9:30 am - 11:30 am

Toddler Program (Ages 3-5): Exploration & A Sense of Wonder

September 8 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
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September 8 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

September 8th

 EXPLORATION & A SENSE OF WONDER PROGRAM

For Preschoolers Ages 3-5

This is an ongoing monthly program for children 3-5 years old. We’ll use puppets, songs and stories to ignite scientific curiosity and love for exploring the natural world.  Meet at China Camp Village for educational fun!     

Date: Sunday, September 8th, 2019

Time: 9:30am – 10:30am

Location: China Camp Village, 100 China Camp Village Rd., San Rafael

Directions will be provided in email response.

Ages: 3-5. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bring appropriate hiking clothes and shoes, snacks, sunscreen, a hat, and binoculars (if you have them).

Space is limited and reservations are required.

To reserve, send email to:

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

Include your name, phone #, and the number of people attending.

We will reply to confirm your reservation.

Cancellation announcements will be posted on the FOCC website homepage.

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Date:
September 8
Time:
9:30 am - 10:30 am

Full Moon Tai Chi

September 13 @ 7:10 pm - 8:10 pm
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September 13 @ 7:10 pm - 8:10 pm

9/13 Full Moon Tai Chi

 

 

 

 

   

Join Friends of China Camp for an exclusive Full Moon Tai Chi class in China Camp State Park. Instructor David Lam will  lead us through a gentle moving meditation as  the full moon rises and casts glittering light across the bay. Registration fills up fast; you won’t want to miss this unforgettable event!

 

Date: Sept 13th, 2019

Time:  7:10pm sharp-8:10pm

Admission: $20 per person

 

Space is limited and reservations are required. RSVP to chinacamp.programs@gmail.com or (415)456-0766.  You will be notified if the event is cancelled. Please bring warm clothing and a flashlight.

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Date:
September 13
Time:
7:10 pm - 8:10 pm

Birding Walk

September 14 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
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September 14 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

  Sept 14th Bird Walk

Welcome! Join our ongoing beginning birding class with naturalist Jerry Coe. No birding experience needed! This is a continuing class in which participants can gain skills in the art of birdwatching and identification. Everyone is welcome to join, even if you have not attended previous classes. IfAlso, if you are an advanced birder, you are welcome to come and enjoy the outing.

 

During our stroll in China Camp, you will learn how to identify common birds in the field and how to effectively use binoculars and bird identification guides. We will explore birds of the oak woodland and marsh habitats, seeing  raptors, finches, juncos, and much more!

 

Jerry Coe is a naturalist with over eight years of intensive training in ornithological field identification. He spent 15 years as a volunteer in Great Basin National Park, Nevada doing Point Count Surveys using bird activities to assess the health of habitats. He has also guided outdoor expeditions all over the world.

 

Date: Saturday, September 14th

Time: 8:00am – 10:00am

Location: Turtleback Trailhead

Length: 1.5 miles

 

Please wear layers and good walking shoes. Bring water, snacks and binoculars. Optional items include: Daypack, scope, guide books, camera.

 

Space is limited and reservations are required.

To reserve, send email to:

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

Include your name, phone #, and the number of people attending.

We will reply to confirm your reservation.

Cancellation announcements will be posted on the FOCC website homepage.

Details

Date:
September 14
Time:
8:00 am - 10:00 am
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