Spring 2021 News
Latest happenings in and around China Camp State Park
In this issue
Shoreline Trail | Park Status | Back Ranch Bunch | Ospreys | Talking Trash | Monarchs | Tick Talk | Remembering Ernest Chung
Three Cheers For Volunteers
Shoreline Trail Gets A Makeover
Are we nuts? Learn how our band of self-described “crazies” (aka Friends of China Camp volunteers) have learned how to become experienced trail builders. Their latest feat: a total overhaul of Shoreline Trail.
Park Reopening Update
Trails, Picnic Areas, and Campground Now Open
As of our press date (March 2021), Marin County has entered Tier 3 (“orange tier”) of California’s State Blueprint for a Safer Economy. See the new changes below to help you plan your visit.
Meet our volunteers
The Back Ranch Bunch
On sunny weekends, there’s a near constant stream of visitors entering the park at Back Ranch Meadows, the western gateway to China Camp’s trail network and campground. Meet the dedicated members of the Friends of China Camp “Back Ranch Bunch,” who staff our campground kiosk.
Opreys get busy all around the bay
Almost wiped out by DDT in the 1960s, ospreys have made a remarkable comeback, and are now a common sight throughout the San Francisco Bay region. Hang out at China Camp and you’ve got a good chance of seeing—and hearing—these fascinating birds of prey.
The Real Threat of Microplastics
The pandemic brought more people outdoors, to places like China Camp. Unfortunately, they also brought more litter, including dangerous plastics. Learn about this alarming trend and the risk of microplastics in our environment from our partners, the National Estuarine Research Reserve’s San Francisco Region.
Western monarchs flutter on the edge of extinction
Is it too late to save the Western monarch butterfly? Recent research has shown that numbers of this iconic insect have plummeted to alarmingly low levels, especially here in Marin County. Learn why our Western monarchs have almost disappeared, and what you can do to help.
Springtime Tick Talk
Springtime rains make plants grow. They also signal the start of tick season, and naturally shrubby and grassy areas like China Camp have plenty of ticks waiting for a meal. Learn from local researchers how to effectively protect yourself, your family, and your pets from these pesky parasites.
Farewell to a Friend
In Memoriam: Ernest Chung
We are sad to report that Friends of China Camp has lost one of its founding supporters, Ernest Chung. Ernest was a significant player in the creation of FOCC, allowing our organization to take over the management and operation of China Camp State Park. Ernest also helped share China Camp’s remarkable history.