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Crystal Cove State Park’s upcoming events

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Take your Valentine on a two-mile Guided Sunset Hike on Friday, Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. Enjoy the last flash of light for the day from a beautiful view spot on Moro ridge on this moderate one-hour hike. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater. (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground.)  Wear sturdy shoes, bring water, and dress in layers. $5 sunset rate.

Crystal Cove State Park is a great spot to look for resident dolphins, migrating gray whales and birds just passing by the coastline. Join a park naturalist on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 9 a.m. for a Whale & Wildlife “Twalk,” and learn some fun facts about the coastal creatures as you walk the bluff trail and scan the ocean at each overlook. Meet at Pelican Point lot #4. (PCH coastward at Newport Coast left at kiosk to the last lot.) 

Stop by Ranger Alex’s Beachside Chat table on Saturdays, Feb. 15 and 29 from 12-3 p.m. and learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live at Crystal Cove State Park. Find Alex and her bounty of nature props near the Historic District Education Commons by the Beachcomber Cafe. Park in the Los Trancos lot. (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk through the tunnel or take the shuttle.)

Winter is a magical time to explore the park and learn about the local critters including bobcats, butterflies and birds. Join park naturalists on a moderate three-mile Family Nature Hike at Crystal Cove State Park on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 9 a.m. Meet the Moro Canyon Trailhead near the Berns Amphitheater. (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park follow the signs toward the Campground.)

Stop by and meet Park Naturalist Laurel at a Trailside Chat table by the Moro Canyon Trail Head before starting a hike into the backcountry of Crystal Cove State Park on Sundays, Feb. 16 and 13 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Learn about some of the fun critters living in the park and reasons to stay on the trail. Park near the Berns Amphitheater. (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground.)

Take a walk through the renovated 12-acre Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park on Sunday, Feb. 16 from 12-1:30 p.m. Former life-long resident Laura Davick will share stories about the colorful past of the Cove including the history, its rescue and the plans for restoring the remaining 17 cottages. Park at Los Trancos parking lot then cross PCH at the signaled intersection and walk across the marked pathways and meet at the bluff top deck of the overnight rental check-in cottage.

Stop by and meet Park Naturalist Laurel at a Trailside Chat table by the Moro Canyon Trail Head before starting a hike into the backcountry of Crystal Cove State Park on Sundays, Feb. 16 and 23 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Learn about some of the fun critters living in the park and reasons to stay on the trail. Park near the Berns Amphitheater. (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground.)

Enjoy a super low tide (-1.3) at Crystal Cove State Park where a park naturalist will lead a Guided Tidepool Walk to Pelican Point on President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. and help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot. (PCH coastward at Newport Coast, right at kiosk to first lot.)

About Tidepool Etiquette: Crystal Cove State Park is a Marine Protected Area. Taking or possessing tidepool sealife is illegal. To help preserve the longevity of the tidepools: Never remove animals, shells or rocks; Never pick up animals, observe them where they are; Walk gently, taking care not to step on plants and animals; and Never turn over rocks.

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Enjoy a free Sea Glass Jewelry Making activity on Wednesdays, Feb. 19 and 26 from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Turn a found object into a beautiful piece of jewelry. Learn the art of wire wrapping sea glass to turn it into a one-of-a-kind creation. Takes place at the Education Commons in the Historic District. Park in the Los Trancos lot. (PCH inland at the stoplight at Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle.)

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Winter is a magical time to explore the park and learn about our local critters including bobcats, butterflies and birds. Join park naturalists on a moderate three-mile Family Nature Hike at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 9 a.m.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheater. (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park follow the signs to the Campground.) 

Join park naturalist Ranger Alex for a fun, kid-friendly Beach Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 2-3 p.m. Search for natural treasures left behind by the ocean and learn about the coastal marine wildlife found in the Park’s Marine Protected Area (MPA.) Bring water, sunscreen and a hat. Meet at the Reef Point Parking Lot. (PCH coastward at stoplight Reef Point, turn left after the entrance kiosk and meet at the first restroom building.)

Enjoy a super low tide at Crystal Cove State Park where a park naturalist will lead a Guided Tidepool Walk to Pelican Point on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2:30 p.m. and help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot. (PCH coastward at Newport Coast, right at kiosk to first lot.) 

Join park naturalists for a Leap Day Bluff and Beach Sunset Walk on Saturday, Feb. 29 from 4:30 p.m. until sunset. Bring a camera and binoculars as you will search for migrating gray whales, birds and watch the sunset. The walk will be on the beach, and on both paved and dirt roads on the bluff. Dress in layers and bring water and a snack. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot. (PCH coastward at Newport Coast, right at kiosk to first lot.)

Join park naturalist Ranger Alex for a fun, kid-friendly Beach Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 2-3 p.m. Search for natural treasures left behind by the ocean and learn about the coastal marine wildlife found in the Park’s Marine Protected Area (MPA.) Bring water, sunscreen and a hat. Meet at the Reef Point Parking Lot. (PCH coastward at stoplight Reef Point, turn left after the entrance kiosk and meet at the first restroom building.)

Enjoy a super low tide at Crystal Cove State Park where a park naturalist will lead a Guided Tidepool Walk to Pelican Point on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2:30 p.m. and help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot. (PCH coastward at Newport Coast, right at kiosk to first lot.) 

Join park naturalists for a Leap Day Bluff and Beach Sunset Walk on Saturday, Feb. 29 from 4:30 p.m. until sunset. Bring a camera and binoculars as you will search for migrating gray whales, birds and watch the sunset. The walk will be on the beach, and on both paved and dirt roads on the bluff. Dress in layers and bring water and a snack. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot. (PCH coastward at Newport Coast, right at kiosk to first lot.)

Parking: $15 day-use fee. For additional information on events, call 949.376.6200 or visit www.crystalcove.org.

Interested in a historic cottage rental? Visit www.reservecalifornia.com. Cottages are available every day of the month. But call early, as they book up very quickly.