March 19, 2020

 

COVID-19/Coronavirus Update for Crystal Cove Conservancy Members, Supporters and Friends

In consultation with our partners at California State Parks and following the guidelines set out by state and local departments of health, Crystal Cove Conservancy and Crystal Cove Beach Cottages have taken a number of steps to address the current COVID-19/Coronavirus threat. The health and safety of our visitors, staff and students remains our top priority and we will continue to hold that as our highest aim.

Crystal Cove Conservancy Education Programs: Across Southern California, millions of parents are now faced with the prospect of homeschooling their children for what will likely be the remainder of the current school year.  Schools are rushing to provide alternate experiences online, but STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education is much harder to convert to an online platform.

Even though schools can’t currently come to Crystal Cove State Park, we can bring Crystal Cove to the children and their families who are now stuck at home, desperate for opportunities to learn science.  Our entire education team is currently working furiously to adapt our school programs for online learning platforms.  We are transforming each program into a series of flexible 1-hour activities that parents can lead at home for their children. Guiding questions, videos, interactive activities, and other supporting material will be provided in both English and Spanish, helping to meet the needs of our diverse community across Southern California.

Crystal Cove Beach Cottages: At the directive of California State Parks, the Cottages at Crystal Cove will be closed through April 15, 2020. If the closure period is extended, we will post that information as soon as it is available.  All reservations during the closure period will be cancelled and guests will be refunded through the ReserveCalifornia system. We will continue to monitor the situation and update this notice when the Cottages reopen.

The Store at Crystal Cove State Park: The interpretive store in the Historic District will be closed until further notice. Many of our products are available online.

Conservancy Events: All planned Conservancy events have been cancelled or postponed. We will continue to keep you up to date as events reschedule.

The Conservancy: Conservancy staff are working remotely to continue to support Crystal Cove State Park, our guests, our members and our students. Should you have questions please continue to be in touch with us by phone at 949-376-6200, by email at info@crystalcove.org or on social media.

We will continue to monitor this situation as it develops, following the guidance of state and local health departments and our partners at State Parks, and we will keep you informed along the way. We value your loyalty and support through this difficult time.

Kate Wheeler

President & CEO

Crystal Cove Conservancy

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