Archive for the ‘Conservation’ Category

Instead of Black Friday, choose to Opt Outside!

Nov 15, 2017

  It’s the day after Thanksgiving and you’re looking to recover from a day stuffed with turkey and pie.  Instead of frantically shopping in stores, skip the stress and head outdoors! Crystal Cove Conservancy works alongside our partners at Crystal Cove State Park to preserve and protect Crystal Cove’s 2,400 acres of backcountry, 3.2 miles […]

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Cottage #27 – The Dive Shack

Sep 15, 2017

A partnership is at the heart of the founding story of Cottage #27, now called The Dive Shack. Four women — Elsie Bantley, Margaret Orndorf, Ruth Hepner and Dorothy Sproul, all co-workers at Azusa Valley Savings Bank — pooled their money to build the cottage in the early 1930s. The original name for their cottage […]

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Founder’s Historic District Tour

Sep 15, 2017

The trip back in time begins at noon, but when it concludes two hours later, guests have learned about more than Crystal Cove’s past in the monthly Founder’s Historic District Tour — they’ve also learned about Crystal Cove’s present and future. Crystal Cove Conservancy founder Laura Davick first started offering an informal tour of the […]

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Crystal Cove’s Underwater Forest

Sep 12, 2017

Millions of visitors each year explore Crystal Cove State Park’s tidepools, beaches, and backcountry, but only a fraction of them discover the hidden world swaying beneath the waves. Crystal Cove contains over 1,000 acres an offshore underwater park with one of the most biodiverse marine ecosystems in the world: the kelp forest. Kelp forests are […]

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Field Science Saturdays

Sep 12, 2017

Maintaining a healthy and natural ecosystem is a continuous process, requiring both monitoring and experimentation.  Monitoring informs land managers about how the park’s vegetation and wildlife are changing over time, while experimentation answers questions that are useful to park management.  Usually monitoring and experimentation are performed by professional researchers, however at Crystal Cove everyone has […]

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A Bounty of Butterflies

Aug 16, 2017

  When wandering in the wild, one is naturally drawn to grand spectacles: the largest mammals, the most songful birds, the brightest flowers, and the most prominent vistas.  While these are remarkable experiences that make any adventure worthwhile, they are not the only marvels contained within the landscape.  Hidden in plain view are a myriad […]

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Not merely decoration

Jul 14, 2017

For a marine mollusk, abalone are exceptionally well traveled.  Often found far from the ocean, their shells garnish the homes of many who find their radiance a beautiful reminder of the coast.  While many are familiar with their shells, fewer know about the creatures that inhabit them, but by learning more, abalone can be heralds […]

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Marine Mammal Stranding

May 3, 2017

Spring is breeding season for much of Crystal Cove’s wildlife, and every inch of the park is bursting with new life. If you come to the park you can spot tiny house finch chicks chirping from their nests, fluffy desert cottontails hopping across the trails, and maybe even a gray whale cow and calf hugging […]

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Earth Day was a SUCCESS!

May 3, 2017

April 22nd was Earth Day and along with 40 other state parks across California we received a grant from the California State Parks Foundation to complete overdue environmental improvement projects and facility maintenance.  This year we were awarded $4,000 which was spent (practically to the penny) on plants, both native and ornamental for the 12-acre […]

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Empowering the Next Generation of Citizen Scientists

May 3, 2017

“Learning out of a textbook is one thing, but the opportunity to experience the real-world application of such knowledge is invaluable during high school.” -Delaney, High School student Over the past five years, the fishing vessel Western Pride has become a familiar sight as it anchors just offshore from the Crystal Cove Historic District. But […]

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