New park manager takes over daily operations

Chris Young brings a broad skill set to his new role

Friends of China Camp is pleased to welcome Chris Young as China Camp’s new park manager. Chris is joining Friends of China Camp from his recent work with the National Park Service, where he focused on the historic sailing ships at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

FOCC park manager Chris Young
New FOCC park manager Chris Young

Along with his two seasons as a maritime educator with the park’s “Age of Sail,” program, Chris has also played the part of a salty 1906-era mariner during historic reenactments.

“Chris has a wealth of hands-on experience and perspective toward historic restoration, preservation, and ongoing maintenance—a real boon when it comes to working with China Camp’s boats and historic structures,” says Friends of China Camp Executive Director Martin Lowenstein. 

Chris also has experience with visitor services in outdoor settings. For the past decade he has run his own company offering guided kayaking and hiking tours in San Francisco Bay. He has also been in sales for domestic and international adventure travel outfitters, and has worked in film and television productions.

While Chris’s job mainly focuses on the daily operations and management of the park, Chris also aims to do more whenever and wherever possible—developing educational programs, forging business partnerships and community alliances, and more. We are thrilled to have Chris on board.

We sincerely thank our previous park manager, Ian Nelson, and we are thrilled that Ian will continue on as a volunteer focusing on our information technology services and communications.

PHoto Credits: Harriot Manley; courtesy of Chris Young

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.