China Creek Park Project

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

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

September 2017

china-creek-trail-signs.pngJuliana and Rebecca, two students from Fresno Pacific, got to the Park early and were waiting at the gate when we arrived.  It’s always a pleasure to see new volunteers, and these two fresh-faced young women turned out to be hard workers too, as we tackled the chores of flagging seedling valley oaks (Quercus lobata), removing cages from those no longer needing them, and, of course, the usual weed work.  All this occurred in the north section of the park where we will still have cattle grazing in the spring.  
After our mid-morning coffee and muffin break Juliana and Rebecca walked the trail, and later reported it hard to follow because it was overgrown.  Hank, who has been keeping the trail in shape for years, has been under the weather, though has continued to spray weeds and help out when he’s been up to it.  
We felled the last of the dead tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima ) trees in hopes of expediting decomposition.  We also took note of the number of root sprouting Ailanthus and plan to treat those with herbicides in the coming months.  
Some good news: we recently received word that Becky Reilly of the State CNPS staff has worked with our insurance provider to cover volunteers using herbicides. This was the final requirement in the long and complicated process of establishing a Memorandum of Understanding with Fresno County; thus, giving our work in the Park official legal standing.  We should get that signed and sealed in the near future.

2017 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

January 21 February 18 March 18 ● April 15 ● May 20
June 17 July 15August 26 ● September 16October 14
November 18 + 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.