Love is in the Beachy Air

Feb 14, 2018

When you think about Crystal Cove, the word love will always come up. Love for the cottages, love for the quiet mornings, love for the incredible sunsets, love for the peace and tranquility, and most importantly, love for the one you get to share it with. It’s no secret that Crystal Cove is the place […]

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A Monumental Migration

Feb 14, 2018

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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Let the Sound of Crystal Cove Wash Over You

Feb 14, 2018

Nature and music.  What could be better together?  No one connects our majestic outdoor spaces with brilliant musical composition better than Dr. Pamela Madsen, who will bring her students from Cal State Fullerton to perform at Crystal Cove’s second annual Art in the Park Celebration on Saturday, March 31st. As well as her work as […]

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Cupid’s Arrow at Crystal Cove

Feb 14, 2018

He was a kid from Pico Rivera and she was a girl from San Marino, but during the summers of the late 1950s and early 1960s, they both called Crystal Cove home. Her family’s cottage was in a quiet corner on the North Beach and his family’s tent was on the sand in the middle […]

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Cottage #11 – Gabriel Cottage on the North Beach

Jan 17, 2018

On October 9, 1926, a local segment of Coast Highway connecting Corona del Mar to Laguna Beach was dedicated by Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. The new 9.8-mile stretch of highway brought increased public attention and access to the previously isolated Crystal Cove, and by 1928 at least ten permanent structures were established there.  Among […]

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Because of You: Year-end Giving

Jan 17, 2018

Our generous donors responded with amazing love and support to our 2017 year-end appeal campaign making it our most successful to date. Because our donors continue to protect and invest in what they love, we’ve been able to bring more children to Crystal Cove’s outdoor classroom, inspiring future stewards to care about places like Crystal […]

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Crystal Cove Conservancy Turning the Page

Jan 17, 2018

Join us for a unique program featuring “Crystal Cove Cottages: Islands in Time on the California Coast” 2nd Edition book signing with co-author Laura Davick, Founder and Vice President of The Conservancy on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (two presentation times are available).  Learn about the rich history of Crystal Cove […]

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Emerging Butterflies in the changing seasons

Jan 17, 2018

The rainy season brings new life to the Crystal Cove backcountry.  Southern California experiences a Mediterranean climate, characterized by dry summers and moderately wet winters.  To adapt to these conditions, many perennial plants will drop their leaves in the summer to save water, however, once the rainy season arrives, leaves will begin to regrow.  This […]

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A Taste of Holiday History

Dec 14, 2017

  Sip and Savor the Season with these favorite holiday recipes from past coveite potlucks! Dining together was a tradition happily celebrated by many of Crystal Cove’s past residents. Community potlucks brought together Covites, family and friends for fun gatherings that married good food with a convivial spirit. This holiday season, step back in time […]

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Crystal Cove’s Natural Playground

Dec 14, 2017

  ‘Tis the season to explore our underwater park. Winter months offer the lowest tides of the year with peaceful, uncrowded beaches making it the perfect time to discover the wonders of Crystal Cove’s tide pools. You could say tidepool organisms are the survivors of the ocean, living in two separate worlds where the ocean […]

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