We are proud of the STEM education programs that you helped us build.

Your continued support will establish, enhance, and grow the following programs for us to meet the needs of the environmental challenges of tomorrow:  


  • Innovation and Progress: Our top initiative is establishing a robust Coastal Engineering program tailored for high school students. Through a strong collaboration with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the esteemed Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine, we will elevate students’ comprehension of coastal erosion and proficiency in predicting future changes. The Coastal Engineering program headquarters will eventually be in North Beach Cottage #20, our first-ever student dorm. It will allow students to sleep mere feet away from their research activities, providing a dynamic and immersive learning environment.

  • Community Impact: Many of the students we serve participate from under-resourced Title 1 schools. They haven’t had the opportunity to experience places like Crystal Cove. We are committed to substantially increasing opportunities for under-resourced schools to participate in our education programs to connect with nature and engage in hands-on collaboration with researchers, scientists, engineers, and park managers.

  • Workforce Readiness: Numerous alumni from our internship programs have successfully launched careers in environmental science and conservation. STEM careers are crucial for innovation, economic growth, and addressing global challenges. We are committed to enhancing and expanding our career pathways program for undergraduate and graduate students.     

Can we count on you to help us expand our educational programs at Crystal Cove Conservancy? Together, we can continue to change lives and protect Crystal Cove State Park and places like it for generations to come.  

With gratitude,

Kate Wheeler
President & CEO

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