A monumental migration

Jan 17, 2019

Here in Crystal Cove State Park, we are lucky enough to have front row seats to the longest mammal migration on the planet. Gray whales travel up to 12,000 miles round trip every year between the Bering and Chukchi Seas in Alaska down to lagoons on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. They stick close to shore for […]

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A childhood spent at Crystal Cove Historic Cottage #7

Jan 17, 2019

Crystal Cove Historic Cottage #7 still stands fenced off among the other North Beach cottages preparing for renovation, but the memories spent within them are still alive for Dale Carter, grandson of the original Carter family that built the cottage. Dale was kind enough to share some of his early experiences spent at Cottage #7 […]

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Submerged treasures at Crystal Cove

Jan 17, 2019

On a beautiful autumn day in early November of 2018, the California State Parks dive team convened on a boat offshore of Crystal Cove State Park, ready to take a plunge. The visibility was excellent that day, and would make for a fascinating survey. The mission? To conduct a condition assessment for a very precious […]

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A sprinkle for your soul. When it rains at Crystal Cove.

Jan 17, 2019

Rainy days at the Cove are some of the best. The dark and stormy sea is breathtaking. It’s so quiet, you can hear the frogs croaking and the pitter patter of rain on the historic cottage rooftops. Although the tunnel under PCH is often closed in the rain, it reminds us how swift and strong […]

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North Beach News – December 2018

Dec 14, 2018

The north beach at Crystal Cove is a buzz of activity!  You may have noticed the new construction fencing or the workers donning yellow vests and hard hats darting around the 17 unrestored cottages. That’s our careful and passionate construction crews that have begun the infrastructure work.  RockForce Construction from Lake Forest is responsible for […]

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The More the Merrier: Traditions of Gathering

Dec 14, 2018

Gathering for shared meals has a long history at Crystal Cove. Potlucks on the sand, around campfires, or in cozy cottages made any day at the Cove a celebration of community and place. Food, stories, and recipes were shared over the seasons and years, and eventually, some of these recipes were gathered in a community cookbook called […]

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King Tides

Dec 14, 2018

At any given location, the sea level rises and falls twice each day as the moon orbits the earth, pulling the world’s oceans along with it.  But not all tides are created equally. When the sun, moon, and earth align with the shortest distance between them, the increased gravitational pull on the ocean causes the […]

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Give the Gift of Education

Nov 14, 2018

A visit to Crystal Cove has made lasting impressions on all of us and the Crystal Cove classroom has inspired thousands of students to become its protector.   In 2018, 63% of scholarship funding raised went to under-served schools, giving thousands of students’ access to our inspirational outdoor experiences. During the school year, 100% of […]

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P.O.R.T.S. (Parks online resources for teachers and students)

Nov 14, 2018

The Conservancy and our cooperating partner California State Parks have been providing fantastic high-quality educational programs to local schools, utilizing Crystal Cove State Park’s precious natural and cultural resources to teach and inspire the next generation. Similar to The Conservancy’s own efforts to reach underserved schools, State Parks has been developing a solution to reach […]

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