Jan 25, 2022

Crystal Cove’s Untold History of Japanese American Farmers By Rehana Morita   Harvest Time (1935) The first Japanese farmer to lease from the Irvine Company along the coast was Keichi Yamashita. The Yamashita family was one of the many Japanese American families who lived on the rich soil of Crystal Cove during the early 20th […]

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Fire Ecology Internship

Jan 6, 2022

Fire regime, our communities, and biodiversity are inextricably interconnected in Orange County. Recent large fires, such as the Silverado and Bond Fires, have affected our communities and shaped the landscape in ways that are likely felt by all living in Orange County.  In 2021, Crystal Cove Conservancy’s education team piloted an internship program for high […]

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Update on the October 2021 Huntington Beach Oil Spill

Oct 6, 2021

Last Updated: 10/12/21 Like many of you, we were heartbroken when we heard news of the oil spill about 4 miles off the coast near Huntington Beach. While authorities are still trying to put together a timeline, more than 140,000 gallons of oil spilled from a broken pipeline near an offshore drilling platform in the […]

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Natural Resource Summer Internships

Aug 23, 2021

Hi! Our names are Melanie Albert and Cindy Matuch! We are Crystal Cove Conservancy’s Natural Resource Summer Interns and we are working under the guidance of California State Parks and Crystal Cove Conservancy to develop and implement a wildlife monitoring protocol for Crystal Cove State Park. So far, we have collected photos of different species […]

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Crystal Cove Conservancy receives STEM grant from Toshiba America Foundation

Aug 10, 2021

Newport Coast, CA (July 23rd, 2021) – Crystal Cove Conservancy is pleased to announce it has received a STEM grant from the Toshiba America Foundation (TAF). These funds will buy classroom kits for the Project Crystal Code program, allowing them to build and code the sensors they use to collect environmental data in the park. […]

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North Beach Update, July 2021

Jul 21, 2021

If you’ve been to the beach just a few steps north of Crystal Cove’s Historic District, you’ve seen it. Not one, not two, but four cottages are being meticulously reconstructed to their former glory! The cottages– #3, #4, #12, and #31, are in the first phase of the North Beach Project and are set to become […]

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Forty-one years at the Cove!

Jun 24, 2021

By John Adamson Little did I know while sailing on a Windjammer cruise in the Caribbean in the summer of 1979, I would end up two years later living in Cottage number 7 at Crystal Cove. As fate would have it, I met a young lady on board, Diane Carter, whose family owned a cottage […]

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Statement on Racially Motivated Hate, Harassment, and Violence

Mar 31, 2021

We are deeply saddened and angered by recent events, including the murders that occurred in Atlanta on March 16, the trial of Derek Chauvin which started this week, and the messages of white supremacy distributed in a Newport Beach community on Sunday, March 28. Rather than being overwhelmed by the increasing pace of racially motivated […]

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Studying Ants in Crystal Cove’s Backcountry

Oct 6, 2020

Take a sneak peek at ecological research happening in Crystal Cove State Park! Last fall, we began working with Dr. Wallace Meyer, an insect ecologist from Pomona College, and ten high school interns from Dana Hills High school to determine how the use of mulch in restoration affects the distribution of ants. This program was […]

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