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7 Dec

Crystal Cove 23rd Annual Tree Lighting and Holiday Bazaar

Every year, just after Thanksgiving, Crystal Cove is transformed into a holiday wonderland with vintage ornaments, twinkling lights, and a beautiful, majestic tree on the beach. The first Saturday in December is the Annual Tree Lighting & Holiday Bazaar complete with Santa arriving via a lifeguard vehicle to greet the crowd. As Santa and strolling carolers join the event, complimentary hot chocolate, apple cider and home- baked goodies will be provided by The Beachcomber Café. The tree lighting ceremony begins Read More »

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8 Dec

Backcountry Navigation with Map & Compass – REI

During this field outing, our instructors will help you understand the information provided on your map, the proper use of your compass, and how to put the two together. You’ll learn about magnetic north, true north, and magnetic variation (declination). After covering these fundamentals, you’ll get time to practice taking a bearing from the terrain and your map so that you can make sense of your position and plan a route. This hands on course is a great introduction to Read More »

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8 Dec

Seaweed and Sea Creatures Walk

Explore the huge variety of seaweeds on a guided Seaweeds & Sea Creatures of Crystal Cove Beach Walk on Sunday, December 8 at 12pm.  There are countless species of marine algae; green, red, and brown found on the beach.  Learn about the biology, ecology, and even human uses of seaweeds.  Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot (PCH coastward at Newport Coast, right at kiosk to first lot.) . $15 Read More »

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10 Dec

The Great Plein Air Art Experience – Holiday Edition

Celebrate over 100 years of plein air art at Crystal Cove State Park and spend a relaxing day capturing the beauty of the Cove on canvas with the help of Alan Nowell, a Crystal Cove plein air artist. The Cove will be sparkling with holiday decorations! All supplies will be provided. Class size is limited to 12. Minimum age is 18.  Novices only. Time: 5-hour course, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm  Date: Tuesday, December 10 – Alan Nowell, Instructor  Price: $85 per workshop; Read More »

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11 Dec

Sea Glass Jewelry Making Activity

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity from 10:30am-4pm every Wednesday in the Education Commons in the Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park (Park in the Los Trancos lot – PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle.)  Learn how to turn sea glass into a one of a kind creation.  $15 day use fee..

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