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Crystal Cove State Park’s upcoming events

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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.)

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 Sunday, Feb. 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 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.) 

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 Wednesday, Feb. 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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Stop by Ranger Alex’s Beachside Chat table on Saturday, Feb. 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.)

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.