Archive for the ‘Outdoor Activities’ Category

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 Read More »

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Whale watching boat spots Blue Whale!

Aug 14, 2019

On a warm summer day, The Newport Legacy, a whale watching boat from Newport Beach, sat idle about four miles from Crystal Cove State Park as they waited for a large whale to emerge from the depths of the ocean. This whale was about 85 feet long, which was at least 10 feet longer than Read More »

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Project Crystal

May 15, 2019

This year, fifth grade students from across Orange County are joining Crystal Cove Conservancy educators, UC Irvine scientists, and State Park land managers to investigate how to best protect and preserve threatened open spaces like Crystal Cove State Park through the Project CRYSTAL Community Science program. Project CRYSTAL – short for “Cultivating and Researching Youth Read More »

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Earth Day 2019

Apr 12, 2019

Do you love Crystal Cove State Park as much as we do? If so, we invite you to come down to the Cove this Saturday on April 20th for our annual Earth Day at Crystal Cove, where California State Parks and a team of volunteers will join efforts to complete much needed maintenance in the Read More »

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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 Read More »

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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 Read More »

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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 Read More »

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Summer Fun at the Cove

Aug 10, 2018

It’s been a great summer at Crystal Cove! There has been no shortage of fun activities for artistic exploration and scientific enrichment. Here is a roundup of the activities we have going through the end of August: Our free Wednesday Community Days from 10:00am to 4:00pm are full of creative opportunities for kids to learn Read More »

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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 Read More »

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Plein Air Painting Classes at the Cove this Summer

May 10, 2018

Every summer, Crystal Cove hosts Plein-Air painting classes at Cottage #13 with an instructor, giving beginning painters the opportunity to participate in a nearly 100-year-old tradition at Crystal Cove. Debbie Morines was one such participant in our classes, and eventually went on to be featured in one of our Art Shows! Here is her experience: Read More »

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