Trail Closures in Effect

Beginning March 3, a portion of Shoreline Trail will be closed for restoration until further notice. The Friends of China Camp volunteer trail team will be restoring the handicap-accessible portion of Shoreline Trail, to ensure equitable access for people with mobility disabilities. Please stay off closed areas, trespassing could risk... Read more »

Junior Ranger Program: Turtle Back Trail Exploration

Join us this month as we take a journey around Turtle Back Nature Trail, considered the “heart” of China Camp State Park. This month we will discover the vernal plant and animal communities that live at this unique intersection of grassland, oak woodlands, and salt marsh. This program will be... Read more »

Trail Closures in Effect

Beginning March 16, a portion of Shoreline Trail will be closed for restoration until further notice. The Friends of China Camp volunteer trail team will be restoring the handicap-accessible portion of Shoreline Trail, to ensure equitable access for people with mobility disabilities. Please stay off closed areas, trespassing could risk... Read more »

Full Moon Hike

Lace up your hiking boots, pack a hot beverage, grab your flashlight, and bring your bestie to this month’s full moon hike.  March’s full moon, rising two days before the spring equinox, is known as the “worm moon,” for the earthworms that are often seen wriggling to the surface during... Read more »

Migratory Birdwatching Hike

As the largest estuary along the Pacific Flyway, the San Francisco Bay offers an abundance of habitats for migrating birds as they make their springtime journey north. On this month’s birding hike, we will be on the lookout for the first spring migrants, like the Caspian tern. This impressive tern,... Read more »

Spring Equinox Wildflower Hike 

Celebrate the first day of spring with us as we hit the trail to seek out the prismatic colors of the wild. Yellow buttercups, orange poppies, red larkspur, purple shooting stars, indigo irises—together they make an unforgettable rainbow that you won’t want to miss.  Join naturalist Harold Hirsch on a... Read more »

Naturalist Book Club

Join this month’s Naturalist Book Club as we discuss A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds by Pulitzer Prize finalist Scott Weidensaul. This recently published book reveals mind-blowing research about the world’s most extraordinary avian globetrotters. Excerpt from Goodreads.com:  In the past two decades, our understanding... Read more »

Junior Ranger Program

Life of China Camp’s Birds Credit: Jim Mullhaupt | BayNature.org Join April’s Jr. Ranger program as we take a look at the springtime activities of some amazing birds that can be found within China Camp’s oak woodland and bay shoreline. We will be on the lookout for hummingbirds, large raptors,... Read more »

Spring Birding Hike

  Photo: Dean Latray/Macaulay Library April lies within the heart of the Bay Area’s spring bird migration. This month, we will be on the lookout for Allen's hummingbirds, who are currently passing through our region on their way to nesting sites along the coast. With luck, we may also see... Read more »

Full Moon Hike

Get ready for an evening packed with celestial delights. Our hike will lead us to a spectacular viewpoint, where we will watch the rise of April’s “Pink Moon,” so-called for the pink phlox flowers that bloom in spring. We may also be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the... Read more »

Online: Naturalist Book Club

Join us for this month’s Naturalist Book Club as we discuss the Pulitzer Prize-winning fictional book, Anthill: A Novel by the late biologist and author, E.O. Wilson. The story offers a creative apologue of Wilson’s theory of biophilia, which suggests that humans desire and seek out deep connections with other... Read more »

ADVISORY: Large Mountain Bike Event

There will be a large mountain biking event at Miwok Meadows on May 7 from 8am to 4pm. Expect increased trail use by mountain bikers during the event. For more information, go to the Ales & Trails website.     

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.