Last Updated: May 28th, 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.

The Park:

Crystal Cove State Park reopened its parking lots to 100% capacity on May 28th, 2020. All payments will be made touchless via the Passport Parking app. The park is open for active recreation only, meaning no coolers, umbrellas, shaded tents or chairs. For more information on Park guidelines, please visit

Crystal Cove Beach Cottages:

The cottages at Crystal Cove will reopen for overnight stays on June 4th! Reservations may be available via Reserve California at 800-444-7275 or

Because reservations through June 21st were previously cancelled, there may be availability for cottage reservations between June 4 and June 20. Reservations are ONLY available through the Reserve California system. Please watch that site for availability. Reservations can not be made through the administrative offices at either The Conservancy or Crystal Cove Beach Cottages.

In order to comply with health and safety guidelines the dorm-style cottages which provide private bedrooms and shared common spaces will reopen as full cottages rather than dorm-style. Each of these cottages, #29, #38 and #39 sleep a maximum of ten people and will rent for $269/night.

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 here.

Restaurants: The Beachcomber Café will reopen for dining with a reduced capacity on May 30th. The Shake Shack is open for take-out, please observe social distancing guidelines and on-site signage.

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 or on social media.

Your Support: The support of our donors, members and friends ensures our ongoing effort to provide opportunities for the young people in our communities to continue to learn science while building bonds with protected lands like Crystal Cove State Park. The Conservancy has, like many organizations, been hit hard by the current crisis and your support today means more than ever before to the students we serve, the science teachers we partner with and the beaches, bluffs and backcountry trails we protect.

Please consider making a gift today to support this important work.

Kate Wheeler

President & CEO

Crystal Cove Conservancy

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