Cottage #27 – The Dive Shack

Sep 15, 2017

A partnership is at the heart of the founding story of Cottage #27, now called The Dive Shack. Four women — Elsie Bantley, Margaret Orndorf, Ruth Hepner and Dorothy Sproul, all co-workers at Azusa Valley Savings Bank — pooled their money to build the cottage in the early 1930s. The original name for their cottage […]

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Founder’s Historic District Tour

Sep 15, 2017

The trip back in time begins at noon, but when it concludes two hours later, guests have learned about more than Crystal Cove’s past in the monthly Founder’s Historic District Tour — they’ve also learned about Crystal Cove’s present and future. Crystal Cove Conservancy founder Laura Davick first started offering an informal tour of the […]

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Crystal Cove’s Underwater Forest

Sep 12, 2017

Millions of visitors each year explore Crystal Cove State Park’s tidepools, beaches, and backcountry, but only a fraction of them discover the hidden world swaying beneath the waves. Crystal Cove contains over 1,000 acres an offshore underwater park with one of the most biodiverse marine ecosystems in the world: the kelp forest. Kelp forests are […]

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Field Science Saturdays

Sep 12, 2017

Maintaining a healthy and natural ecosystem is a continuous process, requiring both monitoring and experimentation.  Monitoring informs land managers about how the park’s vegetation and wildlife are changing over time, while experimentation answers questions that are useful to park management.  Usually monitoring and experimentation are performed by professional researchers, however at Crystal Cove everyone has […]

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From Supporting Role to Star: Cottage #13 – The Beaches Film & Media Center

Aug 16, 2017

  The story of Cottage #13 has unfolded like a classic old-fashioned movie, where a character rises from humble beginnings to become a star. Now one of the most photographed and painted cottages at Crystal Cove, and the setting for the 1988 Hollywood film “Beaches,” Cottage #13 was originally a modest screened-in cooking space for […]

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A Bounty of Butterflies

Aug 16, 2017

  When wandering in the wild, one is naturally drawn to grand spectacles: the largest mammals, the most songful birds, the brightest flowers, and the most prominent vistas.  While these are remarkable experiences that make any adventure worthwhile, they are not the only marvels contained within the landscape.  Hidden in plain view are a myriad […]

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Camping out at Crystal Cove

Aug 16, 2017

  During the first week of August, Crystal Cove was the setting for another successful Camp Cove, which saw 100 campers from Santa Ana travel to the park for five straight days of fun in the summer sun.  The campers, all between the ages of 6 to 17, came from the Santa Ana Police Athletics […]

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The Summer Store and The Artist’s Studio: Cottage #46

Jul 14, 2017

Summertime has always been high season at Crystal Cove, and the aqua-marine-colored cottage on the beach began its life as a summer store for Cove tent campers and cottage families.  First called “The Green Store” by Pearl Van Pelt who operated it with her husband Merle and son Lee, Cottage #46 was built in 1950 […]

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Not merely decoration

Jul 14, 2017

For a marine mollusk, abalone are exceptionally well traveled.  Often found far from the ocean, their shells garnish the homes of many who find their radiance a beautiful reminder of the coast.  While many are familiar with their shells, fewer know about the creatures that inhabit them, but by learning more, abalone can be heralds […]

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