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.

February 2017

china-creek-trail-signs.pngIt was the day after Inauguration Day; a number of our faithful few were marching in Sacramento, and rain had been predicted, so it was not surprising our crew was not large. The few of us that met at the Park went bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare) rosette hunting. We had no problem locating our quarry, and proceeded to dig with a will, bothered only briefly by a light shower.

After a coffee and muffin break mid-morning, we drove the trail to check signs and found a few that had suffered water damage and a couple that had been vandalized, but all were still legible. We put their replacement on the list for February.

In general, we were glad to see that the park looks good: the ponds are full, no new trees have fallen, and vandalism has been slight.

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 17 ● August 19 ● September 16 ● October 21
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.