Crystal Cove State Park – AUGUST 2019

Stop by Ranger Alex’s Beachside Chat table on August 2, August 8 or August 29 from 12-3pm 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.)

Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15)

State Parks, Campgrounds and S’mores are a summertime tradition.  Come down to the Berns Amphitheater at Crystal Cove State Park on Fridays, August 2 & August 23 from 7-8pm to Chat and Snack with a Ranger and learn about some of the nocturnal animals that live in the park.  Bring your S’more fixings and we’ll have the fire pit lit.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground.)    $5 sunset rate

Love birds and strolls in the park?  Join Crystal Cove State Park birders on a guided summer bird walk on both the inland and coastal areas of the park on Saturday, August 3 at 8:00am.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheatre (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground.)  $15 day use fee

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, August 4, 18, & 25 from 8am-11am.  Learn about some of the fun critters living in the park and reasons to stay on the trail.  Our 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.)  

$15 day use fee

Join a Park Ranger for a fun introduction to the ecology of Crystal Cove State Park in our weekly Junior Ranger programs.  This children’s nature program is a favorite in State Parks and allows visitors ages 7-12 to earn a badge.  Junior Rangers meets from 10-11am on August 5, 17, 19, & 24.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground.)   

Come for the program, stay for the day.  $15 day-use parking fee

Spend a relaxing day with one of Crystal Cove State Park’s plein air artists while capturing the beauty of the Cove on canvas at the Great Plein Air Art Experience.  No experience required for this introductory class hosted by the Crystal Cove Conservancy each Tuesday in August and on Thursday, August 15 from 9am-2.  For reservations see www.crystalcove.org 

Crystal Cove State Park naturalist Ranger Winter will read some of her favorite children’s nature books on Tuesdays, August 6 & 13 at 10am.  Meet at the Los Trancos trailer (PCH turn inland at stoplight Los Trancos).

Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15)

Crystal Cove Conservancy is hosting Community Days in the Historic District’s Education Commons on Wednesdays 8/7, 8/14, 8/21, & 8/28 from 10-4. Step back in time as the Education Commons comes to life with fun, historical activities for the whole family.  Learn to sketch, make a one-of-a-kind sea glass creation, try your hand at a traditional craft, or explore the science of Crystal Cove State Park.  Check out Cottage #13, the Film and Media Center, and Cottage #22, the Park and Marine Research Facility.  Park in the Los Trancos lot (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle.)  $15 day use fee

To celebrate the history of movie making at Crystal Cove State Park, Crystal Cove Conservancy will show movies on the beach this summer.  Join us near the restored ‘Beaches’ Film & Media Center (historic Cottage #13) in the Crystal Cove State Park Historic District on Thursday, August 8 at 8pm and watch “Sabrina.”  Park in the Los Trancos lot (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle.)  $5 sunset rate.  Please visit www.crystalcove.org for more information

Join a Park Naturalist and learn “What’s Out There” at Crystal Cove State Park on this fun guided one-mile nature scavenger hunt along the bluff trail to the overlooks, along the wooden boardwalk and back on August 9, 22, & 29 from 9-10am.  Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #4 near the parking lot (PCH coastward at Newport Coast, left at kiosk to the end lot.)  $15 day-use fee

Explore the huge variety of seaweeds on a guided Seaweeds & Sea Creatures of Crystal Cove Beach Walk on Saturday, August 10 at 9am.  There are countless species of marine algae; green, red, and brown found on the beach.  Learn about the biology, ecology, and even human uses of seaweeds.  Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2 near the boardwalk (PCH coastward at Newport Coast, right at kiosk to the first lot.)  

$15 day-use fee

Join a park naturalist on a beautiful Sunset bluff and beach walk on Saturday, August 10 at 6:30pm at Crystal Cove State Park.  Learn about the unique cliff and marine environments and the native plants and animals these support.  Bring camera and binoculars.  Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2 near the parking lot 

(PCH coastward at Newport Coast, left at kiosk to the end.) $5 sunset rate

Stop by Naturalist Laurel’s Beachside Chat table on Mondays August 12 & 26 from 11-2pm and learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live at Crystal Cove State Park. Find Laurel 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.)

Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15)

Crystal Cove State Park naturalists will lead a guided interpretive 2-hour, four mile Full Moon Hike on Thursday, August 15 at 7:00pm.  Terrain will be uneven and steep with a 700 foot elevation gain/loss in some areas on this moderate night hike.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheatre (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park follow the signs to the Campground.) Wear sturdy shoes, bring water & a flashlight, and dress in layers.  

$5 sunset rate

Walk with a park interpreter and see if you can spot the plants and animals on Crystal Cove State Park’s Nature Bingo.  Walk the ½ mile Environmental Studies Loop Trail on Friday mornings August 16 & 30 from 10-11am to search for the natural treasures in the park. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park follow the signs to the Campground/Moro day use.)  $15 day-use fee

Join Crystal Cove State Park docents for a 2-mile guided Sunset Hike on Saturday, August 17 or Friday, August 30 at 6:30pm.  Enjoy the rising moon over 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

Summer is an exciting time to learn about our local nature.  Join park naturalists on a family nature hike at Crystal Cove State Park to learn about the plants and animals living in the park on Sunday, August 18 at 9am.

Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park follow the signs to the Campground/Moro day use.)  $15 day-use fee

Take a walk through the renovated 12-acre Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park on Sunday, August 18 from 12:00-2pm.  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.  Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15)

Join a geologist on an Ancient Volcanoes Hike along the coastal side of Crystal Cove State Park & explore several of the parks volcanic features on Saturday, August 24 from 1:30-3:30pm.  Learn about the land/seascape setting 10-11 million years ago and then head out to observe some volcanic sites in the park.  

Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park follow the signs to the Campground/Moro day use.)  $15 day-use fee

Enjoy a 0.7 afternoon low tide at Crystal Cove State Park where a park naturalist will lead a guided tidepool walk to Pelican Point on Saturday, August 31 at 4pm 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.)  $15 day-use fee