Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

“Every Day in Crystal Cove is a Celebration of Life”

May 3, 2017

Stella Hiatt Celebrates 79 Years of Crystal Cove History, and its Future Crystal Cove connects to the one world ocean that covers more than seventy percent of the earth, and for many happy mornings, Stella Hiatt began her day in that ocean. Her first swim at Crystal Cove was as a teenager celebrating spring break in […]

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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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“One of the Most Picturesque in the Colony” Cottage #11 Then and Now

Apr 1, 2017

On October 9, 1926, a local segment of Coast Highway connecting Corona del Mar to Laguna Beach was dedicated by Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. The new 9.8-mile stretch of highway brought increased public attention and access to the previously isolated Crystal Cove, and by 1928 at least ten permanent structures were established there.  Among […]

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Preserving the Past by Educating the Future

Apr 1, 2017

Crystal Cove Historic District holds a special place in the hearts of its visitors.  Whether it be a marriage proposal, a first visit to the beach, a magical sunset, or a cherished memory; it is a special setting, a vessel to another time.  Soon, even more underserved students from around Southern California will have the […]

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An Historic Day for the Unrestored Cottages on the North Beach!

Apr 1, 2017

March 8th, 2017 was an incredible milestone for everyone that loves Crystal Cove. The California Coastal Commission unanimously approved a coastal development permit for the restoration of the 17 remaining unrestored cottages on the North Beach at Crystal Cove State Park. As joint applicants on the project, Crystal Cove Alliance (CCA) and California State Parks […]

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From Jazz to Painters: Cottage #32

Mar 1, 2017

Cottage #32 still displays its original nickname from a different era – “Hi-De-Ho.” Inspired by the legendary jazz band leader Cab Calloway, the story goes that Calloway forgot the lyrics to one of his songs and improvised “Hi-De-Ho” on the spot, using his own voice as a musical instrument in a technique he learned from […]

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Maybe Bloomers

Mar 1, 2017

Spring brings a spate of wildflowers across California – golden gardens and violet seas that stretch along coastlines, across plains, over mountains, and down into deserts.  These fleeting masterpieces have served as a muse for many of America’s famous nature writers and painters.  In Southern California, large crowds travel to deserts to see these spectacles, […]

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Partners in Restoration

Mar 1, 2017

Parks present learning opportunities for students and researchers alike.  Through citizen science, these two groups can work together to learn more about how Crystal Cove’s environment works and how we can help to preserve it.  This spring, 5th grade students will help University of California, Irvine researchers and State Park land managers investigate these questions […]

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