Archive for the ‘Outdoor Activities’ 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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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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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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Camping out at Crystal Cove

Aug 16, 2017

  During the first week of August, Crystal Cove was the setting for another successful Camp Cove, which saw 100 campers from Santa Ana travel to the park for five straight days of fun in the summer sun.  The campers, all between the ages of 6 to 17, came from the Santa Ana Police Athletics […]

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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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