China Creek Park Project

facebook-logo.pngWe are actively working on an education and restoration project at China Creek Park, an undeveloped Fresno County park near Centerville.  A range of volunteer activity is available from weed pulling to leading a docent tour to trail maintenance. Visit our Facebook page for recent activity.

Download the China Creek Nature Trail brochure (PDF) before heading off for an easy stroll through the Valley Oak woodland.

For more information call Warren Shaw 559-451-1256 or email

January 2018

china-creek-trail-signs.png2018 has been a good year—so far. Saturday, January 20 dawned bright and sunny in Fresno, but by the time we got to the Park, in the Kings River floodplain, it was foggy and chilly. Nonetheless, a nice group of willing workers, including some enthusiastic new folks (hooray) arrived promptly at 9:00 (winter start time). Most went to the southeast sector to hunt for bull thistle rosettes. It’s early for these, but since the weather has been relatively warm and dry, we expected to find a few; and, sure enough, we did. This was great, because, of course, they’re small, seedless, and easy to deal with at this stage.

Another smaller crew went north to continue caging valley oak seedlings. This proved a little problematic because they’re deciduous, and, being dormant, were hard to find. Fortunately, some had been flagged earlier, so could be located and caged. Some “genius,” as described by Hank, had tagged the kiosk extensively with white spray paint, which took two coats of stain to cover; but Hank, with the help of 12-year-old Eric, took that on and got it done.

At break we took a little time to remember Paul Mitchell (a longtime Chapter member and an original China Creek volunteer from the earliest days of the restoration project, starting in 2003) who had passed away the previous week. An extraordinary weed warrior.

2018 Work Party Schedule

All dates are Saturdays.
Nov., Jan., Feb. use winter hours 9 am-12 noon
All other months are 8 am-12 noon

February 17 March 17 ● April 7April 21 May 5
June 16 No July or August workdays ● September 15October 13
November 17 + Thank-you LunchNo December workday

Dates may change. Persons on the mailing list receive notice of changes.


To get to China Creek, take Kings Canyon/CA 180 east across Academy to Centerville. Follow Smith or Oliver south to Rainbow 1/4 mi. Turn south on Smith about ¼ mi. to the Park gate. Call (451-1256) or email for more information.