Naturalist Book Club

Join us for this month’s book club as we discuss Rob Dunn’s new book, The Natural History of the Future. Dunn is a biologist, writer, and university professor in ecology. Excerpt from  “A leading ecologist argues that if humankind is to survive on a fragile planet, we must understand... Read more »

SOLD OUT: Friends of China Camp’s 10th Anniversary Dinner

China Camp Village 100 China Camp Village Rd, San Rafael, CA, CA

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. WAITLIST ONLY. 2022 marks ten years that Friends of China Camp has been operating China Camp State Park. Join us as we celebrate a decade of stewardship, friendship, and partnership with the community, park funders, and the California Department of Parks & Recreation.   PROGRAM... Read more »

Junior Ranger Program

  October is a spooky time – neighbors adorn their houses with scary decorations, like giant spiderwebs, fake spiders, and bats, to the delight of eager trick-or-treaters on Halloween night. At China Camp, we don't have spooky decorations, but rather, our park is home to real-life spiders and bats! Check... Read more »


There will be a footrace beginning at Miwok Meadows on Sunday, October 9 from 8am-2pm. Please expect increased foot traffic on Shoreline Trail during that time. Go to the Tamalpa Runners website for more details.

Autumn Birding Hike

  The bay area has some special guests that have arrived early in their winter migration: golden-crowned sparrows and white-crowned sparrows. Normally arriving during the third week of October, these large sparrows travel from their breeding sites in northern US and Canada. The golden-crowned sparrow has a cap with a... Read more »

ADVISORY: San Pedro Road Closure- Marin Triathlon

Please be advised that San Pedro Road will be closed from Peacock Drive to the Back Ranch Meadows entrance gate on Saturday, October 29th and Sunday, October 30th, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., due to the Marin Triathlon and 1/2 Marathon. Park facilities along San Pedro Road will be... Read more »

CANCELLED: Full Moon Hike

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO RAIN. CHECK OUR CALENDAR FOR UPCOMING EVENTS. Your heart will fill with wonder as we gaze into the sky during November’s full moon hike. On this moderate, 4.5-mile round-trip hike, we will ascend to one of the best vista points in the park... Read more »

Autumn Birding Hike

This month’s birding hike will be a hoot. Pun intended. We will discuss the owl species that live at China Camp, and their remarkable binocular eyesight and asymmetric ears. Both of these special adaptations contribute to an owl’s ability to rapidly triangulate the location of prey in low light and... Read more »

Junior Ranger Program

Hoo’s coming to dinner? Lets do some detective work to find out about the owl species at China Camp and what… or who… are their favorite foods. During this month’s program, Junior Rangers will have the opportunity to explore what these nocturnal creatures eat by dissecting *sterilized* owl pellets. Owls... Read more »

Village Talk: NorCal Bats

We are pleased to welcome special guest appearances of live California native bats during November’s Village Talk. Corky Quirk from NorCal Bats will reveal the hidden lives and features of these specialized  nocturnal creatures. You will discover the diversity of native bat species in your local neighborhood, and learn how... Read more »

Thanksgiving Leftovers Hike

What could be a better activity to do the day after one of the biggest meals of the year, than to stretch our legs and get some exercise in the crisp autumn air. Join us for our day-after-Thanksgiving Day family hike, where we will look for ripening seeds, burrows, and... 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 for available reservations.