Archive for the ‘Outdoor Activities’ Category

Summers at the Cove

Jun 7, 2017

Image credit: J. Christopher Launi   Summer is Coming… As you begin planning your summer, make sure to leave plenty of time to come visit the Cove. Save the date for these can’t-miss events that Crystal Cove Conservancy has planned throughout the summer. Great Plein Air Art Experience Break out the brushes for the Great […]

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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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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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“One Great House” — Community at The Commons: Cottages 42, 43, & 44

Jan 1, 2017

“…It was almost as if all the houses were just rooms belonging to one great house.” This description of the historic cottages from a 1982 article in the LA Times captures the community and sense of place that emerged at Crystal Cove over the decades. The original character of each individual cottage has been preserved, […]

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Students Dolphinitely find their Porpoise!

Jan 1, 2017

Avid whale watchers in Orange County usually spend December on the lookout for the first gray whales of the season as they start to pass right by our shores on their annual migration from Alaska to Baja. This year however, some unexpected guests have been stealing the show: orcas! A rare sight in Southern California […]

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A Man of Many Talents

Jan 1, 2017

If you happen to visit Crystal Cove Historic District on a Wednesday you will see, seated at a small table across from the Beachcomber Café, the jolliest man in Crystal Cove surrounded by smiling children and laughing adults. His name is Rick Boufford, but most people call him Sea Glass Rick, Chef Rick, or Raven Rick […]

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Between the Tides

Dec 1, 2016

Tide pool organisms live in two separate worlds, never wholly belonging to either.  Between the crashing waves, they have adapted to live both under the tide and exposed on the rocks.  These unique circumstances have shaped fascinating creatures, products of their ever-demanding environment.  At first glance, the shore may appear to be a rocky wasteland, […]

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Citizen Scientists Wanted for the California Coastal Bioblitz!

Jun 1, 2016

Crystal Cove’s tidepools provide both beauty and insight into the biodiversity and health of our ocean ecosystems. On Saturday, June 11, you and your family are invited to join Crystal Cove Alliance and Crystal Cove State Park as we take place in California’s inaugural coordinated statewide coastal bioblitz, Snapshot Cal Coast! A bioblitz enlists the […]

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