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

November 2017

china-creek-trail-signs.pngThe first few volunteers who got to the Park on the crisp morning of November 18, 2017 went out with weed whackers to do what they could for the overgrown sections of the trail. It wasn’t long, however, before we heard the familiar diesely clatter of Hank’s tractor starting, and—sure enough—a few minutes later here came Hank aboard his tractor with the big mower attached, a beautiful sight. It was also great to see Hank feeling well enough to tackle the job.

Thereafter, all of us walked up to the north part of the Park, where we devoted ourselves to caging seedling oaks and searching out and digging the now few-and-far-between thistle plants.

At break time, we held our “Annual Meeting," during which we considered how we could manage the project more effectively. Among the many good ideas that were offered was the suggestion that we have multiple work parties in the pleasant spring months when the thistles and other weeds are small, easy to deal with, and not yet producing seed, and then skip one or more mid-summer months when the weeds have a head start and working conditions are miserably hot. It was also suggested that we mow some areas now dominated by marestail and other big weeds, especially in the south area, which we can no longer graze because of fencing problems. Good stuff.

At 12:00pm we adjourned to the Blossom Trail Cafe for the annual “Thank You Lunch,” enjoyed by 15 volunteers. A nice time.

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 7 ● April 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.