Archive for the ‘Conservation’ Category

Bringing Back Butterflies

Jun 8, 2020

The abundance of butterflies in Crystal Cove this time of year is always a welcome sight. Their bright colors and delicate flight help bring the park to life after the winter rains. If you walk along the trails in Moro Canyon this summer, keep your eyes out for Western Tiger Swallowtails floating by the sycamores, […]

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Cottage #33: Romantic Retreat

Feb 12, 2020

The blue cottage on the cliff has been nestled over the ocean for nearly eighty years, its lightly weathered wood siding blending with sea, land, and sky. Once called “Provence Cottage,” charming Cottage #33 has been restored and renamed as “Romantic Retreat,” and is now part of the year-round overnight lodging at Crystal Cove. From […]

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North Beach Construction Update

Feb 12, 2020

  The beach cottages of Crystal Cove State Park’s Historic District are one of Southern California’s most iconic destinations, giving visitors a glimpse into simpler times along the California coast. Today, twenty-nine of the forty-six cottages have been fully restored and are open to visitors and producing revenue to support the Conservancy’s education programs and […]

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Bobcats at Crystal Cove State Park

Jan 15, 2020

If you are out and about hiking in Crystal Cove State Park, you are likely to see lots evidence of the native wildlife, such as tracks, scat, and scratch marks. Bobcats are highly adaptable to living in a variety of habitats, but these beautiful animals are very secretive and solitary. We see their signs, but […]

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Crystal Cove’s Natural Playground

Dec 12, 2019

‘Tis the season to explore our underwater park. Winter months offer the lowest tides of the year with peaceful, uncrowded beaches making it the perfect time to discover the wonders of Crystal Cove’s tide pools. You could say tide pool organisms are the survivors of the ocean, living in two separate worlds where the ocean […]

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Cottage #23: “A Resource and Treasure for the People of California”

Dec 12, 2019

“The whole glorious story of … Crystal Cove” is the one Christine Shirley wanted visitors to understand when they visited Cottage #23, “Casita del Mar” on the North Beach. Christine first started visiting the cove in the 1930s, and acquired the lease to Cottage #23 in 1967. Among the terms she used most to describe […]

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The Resident Ravens of Crystal Cove

Oct 17, 2019

As summer comes to an end, visitors at Crystal Cove make their way back home. Along with the flocks of shorebirds that start to migrate in, as you take your stroll along the park, you may encounter a shadowy black figure flying overhead. Chances are that you might have witnessed a common raven. Common ravens […]

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From Jazz Era to Artists’s Retreat: Cottage #32

Oct 16, 2019

  In 1968, artist Alice Powell and her husband Tom acquired Cottage #32, also known by the whimsical “Hi-de-Ho” sign displayed on its exterior. Alice was a ceramicist who kept a kiln and workshop in the backyard of the cottage and hand painted her original fired work. Tom passed away in 1987, and Alice later […]

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North Beach Construction Update 10-16-19

Oct 16, 2019

So far, 29 of the 46 cottages in Crystal Cove’s Historic District have been restored and turned into low-cost coastal accommodations, providing public access to the beach and allowing individuals and families the opportunity to stay overnight mere feet from the water at extremely affordable rates.  Today, 17 of the historic seaside cottages at Crystal […]

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Forests of the Sea

Sep 12, 2019

  Each year, close to 2 million visitors get to engage and explore the many worlds of Crystal Cove State Park. Hiking in the backcountry, exploring the tidepools, or enjoying a day in the water are all very popular attractions, but only a fraction of these people explore the world that is just below the […]

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