Winter Naturalist Hike

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... Read more »

Full Moon Hike

Moonrise over Rat Rock by Steve Ziman Doesn’t the full moon just make you want to… howl? This month, it might be the best time to do just that, as we head out to get the first glimpse of 2022’s “Wolf Moon.” The story goes that this month’s full moon... Read more »

Winter Birding Hike

Winter is a great time to spot both California brown pelicans and striking white pelicans along China Camp’s shoreline. What are the key differences between these two entertaining waterbirds? Aside from the color, the white pelican is much larger, boasting a nine-foot wingspan that makes the bird one of the... Read more »

ADVISORY: FOOTRACE

There will be a footrace beginning at Miwok Meadows on January 29th from 8am-2pm. Please expect increased foot traffic on Shoreline Trail, Bayview Trail, Back Ranch Fire Trail, and Oak Ridge Trail during that time. Go to the Urban Coyote Racing website for more details.

Online: Naturalist Book Club

THE WINDS OF CHANGE BY EUGENE LINDEN Join this online event for what promises to be a lively conversation about this well-researched and fascinating discussion of nature, history, and civilizations. Join this month’s online naturalist book club as we discuss The Winds of Change. Author and journalist Eugene Linden delves into... Read more »

Trail Closures In Effect

From February 11 to 13, portions of Shoreline Trail will be closed for restoration. 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 disturbing the... Read more »

Junior Ranger Program

Winter is alive! This program will highlight the awakening of new life as the winter rains and cool temperatures refresh the plant and animal life of China Camp. Junior Rangers will look for new life as wildflowers, grasses, ferns, and trees begin to bud. Discover birds, insects, frogs, newts, and... Read more »

ADVISORY: FOOTRACE

There will be a footrace beginning at Miwok Meadows on February 13th from 8am-2pm. Please expect increased foot traffic on Shoreline Trail, Bayview Trail, and Oak Ridge Trail during that time. Go to the Sasquatch Racing website for more details.

Darwin Day Celebration

New ideas & research Naturalist Harold Hirsch will lead a program celebrating international Darwin Day by discussing the evolution of—well—the theory of evolution! We will cover Charles Darwin’s contribution to science and also explore the ideas of the late E.O. Wilson and Richard Leakey, two scientists who greatly influenced modern... Read more »

Full Moon Hike

This moon is deemed the “snow moon” because February is usually the coldest, snowiest month in the U.S. Though Bay Area residents might have to head to Tahoe to actually see some snow this month, you can join us on a journey to watch the snow-white moon ascend into the... Read more »

Birding Hike

By the first two weeks of February, we can expect to see many species of swallows returning to the Bay Area from their winter home in Mexico. On this month's birding hike, we will look for barn swallows swooping and diving above Miwok Meadows in pursuit of flying insects. Barn... Read more »

Naturalist Book Club

ENTANGLED LIFE BY MERLIN SHELDRAKE Join us for this month’s Naturalist Book Club as we discuss the New York Times bestseller Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake via Zoom.  To most humans, fungi are seemingly limited to the dichotomy of being either beneficial as food and medicine or as a poisonous... Read more »

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.