Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

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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Crystal Cove’s Valentine Bouquet

Feb 12, 2020

Looking for a unique way to spend this Valentine’s Day weekend with a loved one? If chocolate, teddy bears, and bouquets of roses just aren’t your style, why not take your Valentine to come see nature’s bouquet right here at Crystal Cove State Park! Here in Southern California, wildflower blooms are just beginning when Valentine’s […]

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The Annual Crystal Cove Member Cruise is Almost Here!

Feb 12, 2020

It’s one of our favorite times of the year, and Crystal Cove Conservancy is hosting the sixth annual member whale watching cruise on two Saturdays in April.  This yearly event is one of the many ways we say thank you to our generous supporters, inviting them out for a beautiful morning out on the water, […]

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Cottage #27 – The Dive Shack

Jan 15, 2020

In the late 1930s, four young women pooled their money to build a palm-frond-covered beach cottage at Crystal Cove. Perched on an ocean-front bluff above winding brick stairs, the retreat was originally called “Elmarudor.” Nearly a century later, the palm fronds have been replaced with dark shingles and the cottage is now available for public […]

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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 Most Magical Time of the Year

Dec 12, 2019

    The holidays are upon us and the Crystal Cove Historic District is transformed from a sublime coastal escape to a winter wonderland, with a bit less snow, and a lot more sand. Replete with glimmering lights and reindeer, the Cove is decked out for Christmas, thanks to the generous help of staff and volunteers. […]

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Crystal Cove Student Data Included in First Scientific Journal Article!

Nov 17, 2019

Since 2016, fifth grade students from across Orange County have joined Crystal Cove Conservancy educators, UC Irvine scientists, and State Park land managers, helping us investigate how to best protect and preserve threatened open spaces like Crystal Cove State Park through the Project Crystal Community Science program. Last month, the findings from data collected by […]

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Crystal Cove State Park – Accessibility for All

Nov 14, 2019

Crystal Cove State Park – Accessibility for All Access to Crystal Cove State Park’s stunning beaches and blufftops have always provided challenges for visitors of all abilities who want to experience all that our unique park has to offer. Despite the challenges of a rugged and diverse environment, accommodations are continually being made to improve […]

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