Summer 2022 News

Latest happenings in and around China Camp State Park

In this issue:

Youth Projects | Green Crab Invasion | Volunteer Ed Lai | Heritage Day

  Kayak Cleanup | Creature Feature  | Cultural Report  | Camping Recipes

Eagle Scouts help build trash boxes Apr 2022
Pitching In

Massive thanks to next-gen volunteers

Eagle Scouts and high-school mountain bikers pitch in to help make China Camp better. Find out what they did.

SF Bay NERR researchers after doing crab research at China Camp State Park.
Partnerships

Scientists get crabby—and muddy—at China Camp

An invasive crustacean has scuttled its way into the park’s wetlands. Learn what researchers are doing to control it.

China Camp Champion

Meet board member and docent Ed Lai

Real superheroes don’t wear capes. They manage spreadsheets and run nonprofits. Meet Ed Lai, China Camp’s superhero.

Lion Dancers
Special event

Heritage Day festival returns

After a two-year hiatus, our celebration of the park’s multicultural heritage returns on August 27.

environment

Gung-ho kayakers help clean up China Camp’s shoreline

Find out how a group of local sea-kayakers removed piles of trash from the park’s shoreline.

wildlife

Creature Feature: Cool snakes at China Camp

Not everyone loves snakes, but FOCC volunteer Kevin Smead does. Here, he sheds light on the park’s slitherin’ species.

Education

Cultural reports shed light on China Camp’s history

An excerpt from reports prepared to document the history and physical features of China Camp makes for a fascinating read.

Outdoor Fun

Recipes for summer camping

These delicious recipes with time-saving tips will jazz up your next campground getaway.

contributors & photo credits: joyce abrams, sheila coll, SF Bay NERR, frank quan collection, harriot manley, Kevin Smead, Liv Unni Sodem/Flickr Creative Commons, janet wisecombe, 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.