Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Creepy Crawlies of Crystal Cove

Oct 18, 2018

If you venture out onto any of Crystal Cove’s backcountry trails this month, be on the lookout for creepy crawlies, because spider season is here! Several spider species are much more conspicuous this time of year as they’re out and about looking for mates. As you hike through the park, you may spot a tarantula […]

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As Summer Ends, and School Begins!

Sep 14, 2018

As the summer ends and Crystal Cove State Park’s busy beaches begin to quiet once more, get ready to start seeing the smiling faces of students participating in Crystal Cove Conservancy’s K-12 educational programs!  As local students are immersed in real scientific research at Crystal Cove State Park, they not only learn about our local […]

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Camp Cove Returns to Crystal Cove State Park

Aug 10, 2018

For four summers now, we have been lucky enough to be involved in a wonderful summer beach program, Camp Cove. Through a great partnership between the Santa Ana Police Athletic and Activity League, California State Parks, The Conservancy, as well as generous funding from the Samueli Foundation, we have been able to offer a very […]

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Beach Wrack: Connecting the Land and the Sea

Aug 10, 2018

If you find yourself taking a stroll along Crystal Cove State Park’s beautiful coast this summer, take note of all the stunning sights that this area has to offer. Along with the charming historic cottages, the sandy beach, and the rocky tidepools, there are also some sights that may be taken for granted. One of […]

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Tent Camping at Crystal Cove

Aug 10, 2018

It wasn’t an exaggeration when longtime Coveite Mike Fenderson described the heyday of Crystal Cove’s tent camping era as “going to live all summer at the beach.” Families pulled up to the sand over Memorial Day weekend with trucks and trailers full of supplies for ingenious tents that they lived in through Labor Day weekend. […]

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A Whale of a Summer

Jul 13, 2018

If you happen to be walking along the beach or one of our blufftop trails sometime this summer, take a moment to gaze out to the horizon. If you take enough time to patiently wait, you’ll be amazed at what you can see. Can you spot the enormous 30 foot high spout off in the […]

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Cottage #23 “Casita del Mar” on the North Beach

May 10, 2018

“We figured we were in the world’s perfect spot,” wrote one longtime resident of Cottage #23 — also known as “Casita del Mar.” Offering “splendid views from the deck,” the cottage dates from 1932 and is part of the mid-bluff grouping of the North Beach. Not much is known of the original builders, but drill […]

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Crystal Cove’s Beautiful Coastal Sage Scrub

May 10, 2018

The sight of scrub brush, the smell of sage, and the sound of gnatcatchers; indicators of quality Coastal Sage Scrub and characteristics of much of the landscape of Crystal Cove.  Coastal Sage Scrub, the primary plant community of Crystal Cove, is a collection of plants which are adapted to the dry conditions they face in […]

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Owls Well That Ends Well

Apr 13, 2018

From the field this month we are highlighting an excellent excerpt from the Crystal Cōver, a newsletter written each month by California State Parks interpretive naturalist Winter Bonnin. I was walking out of the tunnel entering the Historic District and heard a raucous call from one of the eucalyptus trees along the walkway. The alarmed […]

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Cottage #9 – Little Red House on the Hillside

Apr 12, 2018

“Our Little Red House on the Hillside” is the name one family gave to Cottage #9. Perched on the lower slope of the North Beach bluff and painted dark red-brown with white trim, Cottage #9 was originally built around 1930 with salvage yard windows and wood that drifted ashore from a shipwreck. Like many of […]

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