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Volume 4, Issue 76  |  September 20, 2019


Crystal Cove State Park’s upcoming events

Crystal Cove cottages

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Enjoy a free Sea Glass Jewelry Making activity each Wednesday, Sept. 11, 18 and 25 from 10 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.)

sea glass wrapped jewelry

Love birds, bugs, butterflies, bobcats and buckwheat? Come join a park naturalist on an Early Summer Morning Hike to look for the plants and animals on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 8 a.m. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater. (PCH inland at the stoplight at School-State Park and follow the signs toward the campground.)

Stop by and meet a Park Naturalist at a Beachside Chat table on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 12-3 p.m. and learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live at Crystal Cove State Park. Find their naturalist and her bounty of nature props near the Historic District Education Commons  by the Beachcomber Café. Park in the Los Trancos lot. (PCH inland at the stoplight at Los Trancos then walk through the tunnel or take the shuttle.)

Summer is an exciting time to learn about our local nature. Join park naturalists on a Family Nature Hike at Crystal Cove State Park on Sundays, Sept. 15 and 29 at 9 a.m. to learn about the plants and animals living in the Park. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater. (PCH inland at the stoplight at School-State Park and follow the signs to the Campground/Moro day use.)

Take a walk through the renovated 12-acre Historic District on Sunday, Sept. 15 from 12-2 p.m. Former life-long resident Laura Davick will share stories about the colorful past of the Cove including its history, its rescue and the plans for restoring the remaining 17 cottages. Park in the 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.

Join Crystal Cove State Park on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. as we celebrate California Coastal Cleanup Day.Meet at Pelican Point lot #4 or Reef Point.  Volunteers needed to clean the 3.5 miles of coastline of the park.  Parking fee waived for those entering the park between 8:30-11:30 and are planning to join the volunteer event.  For more information see www.crystalcovestatepark.org

State parks, campgrounds and s’mores are a summertime tradition. Come down to the Berns Amphitheater at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 7-8 p.m. to Chat and Snack with a Ranger and learn about some of the nocturnal animals that live in the park. Bring your s’mores fixings and they’ll have the fire pit lit. For this family night to share together, meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground.) Enjoy the $5 sunset rate.

Join a Park Naturalist on a beautiful Sunset Bluff and Beach Walk on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. at Crystal Cove State Park. Learn about the unique cliff and marine environment and the native plants and animals they support. Bring a camera and binoculars. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2 near the parking lot. (PCH coastward at Newport Coast, right at the kiosk to the first lot.)

Stop by and meet a Park Naturalist at a Trailside Chat table before starting a hike into the backcountry of Crystal Cove State Park on Sundays, Sept. 22 and 29 from 8-11 a.m. Learn about some of the fun critters living in the park and reasons to stay on the trail. The Park Naturalist will be stationed at the Moro Canyon Trail Head near the Berns Amphitheater. (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground.)

Crystal Cove hosts trail guide

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Courtesy of Crystal Cove Conservancy

The fall equinox marks the end of summer and beginning of fall, when the days and nights are equal in length. Celebrate the season on a guided Autumnal Equinox Sunset Hike on Monday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. Join a Park Naturalist on this moderate one-hour hike. will be stationed at the Moro Canyon Trail Head near 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.

Join Park Naturalist Ranger Alex for a fun, kid-friendly Beach Scavenger Hunt, on September 28 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 Reef Point Parking Lot. (PCH inland at stoplight Reef Point, turn left after the entrance kiosk and meet at the south restroom building.) 

Tidepools

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Enjoy a Guided Tidepool Walk to Pelican Point on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 29 at 3:30 p.m. A volunteer will 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 turn coastward at Newport Coast, right at the 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.

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.

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