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.     

ADVISORY: Large Mountain Biking 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 Bike4Buckelew website.  

Friends of China Camp Annual Community Meeting

Want to find out what makes China Camp tick? Got your own ideas on ways to enjoy and improve the park? Join our annual community meeting to learn about Friends of China Camp's successes--and challenges-- over the past year. Get a peek into the year ahead, and share your own... Read more »

Junior Ranger Program

Photo: Red-shouldered hawk by Eric Keith/Macaulay Library Ospreys, red-tailed hawks, eagles, and owls are only a few of the birds of prey that call China Camp home. Junior Rangers will have a chance to learn more about these beautiful and diverse creatures, including what it means to “fly like an... Read more »

Full Moon Hike

  Photo: Stephen Schupp Join us for a viewing of two spectacular celestial events in one night: a full-moon rise and a full lunar eclipse. We will hike to a promontory with superb vistas of the San Pablo Bay to view this breathtaking and unique double event. We will leave... Read more »

Spring Birding Hike

Photo credit: Paul Fenwick | Macaulay Library May is the perfect time to listen for the sweet call of one of the park’s year-round residents, the chestnut-backed chickadee. When potential predators—or hikers or bikers—draw close to nests (usually located in tree cavities), mating pairs may call back and forth with... Read more »

ADVISORY: Recent storms have caused hazardous trail conditions in certain areas in the park.  Proceed with caution if visiting the park.

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 and weekends. Go to reservecalifornia.com for available reservations.