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 »

Online: Naturalist Book Club

Join us to discuss Oliver Milman’s new book, The Insect Crisis: The Fall of the Tiny Empires That Run the World. The book offers a creative apologue of Wilson’s theory of biophilia, which suggests that humans desire and seek out deep connections with other species and the natural world. Read... Read more »

National Trails Day

Be a part of something special at China Camp State Park. Join other volunteers to take part in the American Hiking Association’s National Trails Day, a day of service for hometown trails and the people who love them. Help spiff up our trails, then relax with lunch provided by Friends of... Read more »

Junior Ranger Program

Summer is the season of insects, bugs, and spiders. Join the fun as our Junior Rangers discover the mysteries of China Camp’s invertebrates. Meet the predators, pollinators, builders, cleaners, and artists of this amazing and diverse community. This program will be guided by naturalists/educators Suzanne Mirviss and Paula O’Connell, and... Read more »

ADVISORY: FOOTRACE

There will be a footrace beginning at Miwok Meadows on Saturday June 18th from 8am-2pm. Please expect increased foot traffic on Shoreline Trail, Bayview Trail, and Oak Ridge Trail during that time. Go to the Inside Trail Racing website for more details.

June Birding Hike

Up in the sky! It’s a bird! No, it’s a plane! No, it’s Superma– no wait, it’s definitely a bird. A Western bluebird! Catch this beauty and its aerial acrobatics on this month’s birding hike at China Camp. These year-round insect-eaters change color during their summer nesting season, transitioning from... Read more »

Naturalist Book Club

Join us to discuss Laura Alice Watt’s 2016 book, The Paradox of Preservation: Wilderness and Working Landscapes at Point Reyes National Seashore. In her well-researched book, Watt discusses how the National Park Service has historically managed Point Reyes National Seashore to balance shifting and sometimes conflicting interests, including habitat conservation,... Read more »

Junior Ranger Program

Credit: Mariposa lily by Sheila Coll Though the summery month of July means hot, dry days, with parched golden meadows and animals retreating to shady pockets, there's still plenty of life to discover. This month, Junior Rangers will head out on a scavenger hunt to discover high-summer wildflowers, cool hiding... Read more »

Full Moon Hike

July 13, 2022 Photo: Stephen Schupp Get ready to feast your eyes on the biggest and brightest supermoon of 2022. July’s “buck” moon orbits closer to the earth than at any other time of the year, offering sky gazers an especially luminous treat. This moon is named after the mid-summer... 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.