Studying Ants in Crystal Cove’s Backcountry

Oct 6, 2020

Take a sneak peek at ecological research happening in Crystal Cove State Park! In December 2019, 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. Mulch — […]

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Latino Conservation Week

Jul 24, 2020

This week is Latino Conservation Week, which was created “to support the Latino community getting into the outdoors and participating in activities to protect our natural resources.” We invited our Education Coordinator Erick Valdez to share his experiences as a young adult joining the outdoors community for the first time, how it affected his choice […]

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Virtual Summer Art Camp

Jul 23, 2020

Crystal Cove has a rich tradition of plein air painting that continues today. Every year, artists trek down to paint our scenic cottages, iconic ocean-side bluffs, and relaxing sandy beaches. Usually we offer summer art classes– “The Great Plein Air Experience”– that take place in person. But, since that’s not possible this year, we’ve decided […]

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How We’re Making the Park Interpretive Store Better than Ever

Jul 6, 2020

Crystal Cove’s Park Interpretive Store — you know the one, it’s that handsome little yellow shack tucked behind the Visitor Center, overlooking Los Trancos Creek — has been going through some changes this year. And we don’t just mean adding precautions to keep everyone safe during the COVID crisis — though we’ve been working on […]

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Bringing Back Butterflies

Jun 8, 2020

The abundance of butterflies in Crystal Cove this time of year is always a welcome sight. Their bright colors and delicate flight help bring the park to life after the winter rains. If you walk along the trails in Moro Canyon this summer, keep your eyes out for Western Tiger Swallowtails floating by the sycamores, […]

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Cottage #33: Romantic Retreat

Feb 12, 2020

The blue cottage on the cliff has been nestled over the ocean for nearly eighty years, its lightly weathered wood siding blending with sea, land, and sky. Once called “Provence Cottage,” charming Cottage #33 has been restored and renamed as “Romantic Retreat,” and is now part of the year-round overnight lodging at Crystal Cove. From […]

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North Beach Construction Update

Feb 12, 2020

  The beach cottages of Crystal Cove State Park’s Historic District are one of Southern California’s most iconic destinations, giving visitors a glimpse into simpler times along the California coast. Today, twenty-nine of the forty-six cottages have been fully restored and are open to visitors and producing revenue to support the Conservancy’s education programs and […]

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