Crystal Cove State Park – OCTOBER 2019

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity each Wednesday (10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, & 10/30) from

10-4 in the Education Commons in the Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park (Park in the Los Trancos lot – PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle.)  Learn how to turn sea glass into a one of a kind creation.  Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15)

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 Saturday, October 5 or Sunday, October 20 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

Fall 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 Saturday, October 5 or Sunday, October 20 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

Stop by our Beachside Chat table on Saturday, October 5 or Fridays, October 18 & 25 from 12-3pm and learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live at Crystal Cove State Park. Find our naturalist 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 Almost Full Moon Hike on Friday, October 11 at 6:30pm.  Terrain will be uneven and steep with a 700 foot elevation gain/loss in some areas on this strenuous 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, and dress in layers. Hikers must be at least 8-years old and all hikers must stay as a group with the park naturalist.  $5 sunset rate.

Reservations Required to Laurel.Gifford@parks.ca.gov 

Help us learn more about Moro Canyon’s Ecosystem at Field Science Saturday on October 12 from 9:30-11:30am. Become a citizen scientist alongside Crystal Cove Conservancy and collect data on ecological research and monitoring projects in the park.  Meet at the Berns Environmental Study Loop Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park follow the signs to the Campground/Moro day use.)  $15 day-use fee

Families with young children are invited to join a park naturalist on an easy one hour guided 2-mile Almost Full Moon walk along Moro Canyon trail on Saturday, October 12 at 6:30pm.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheatre (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park follow the signs to the Campground.) $5 sunset rate.

Reservations Required to Laurel.Gifford@parks.ca.gov 

Explore the huge variety of seaweeds on a guided Seaweeds & Sea Creatures of Crystal Cove Beach Walk on Sunday, October 13 at 2pm.  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, 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

Fall migration is an exciting time for birds. With migrants on the move Crystal Cove State Park is a great spot to identify new species as well as seeing our resident avian friends.  Come join bird expert Tom Eastman for this walk in the backcountry and along the shoreline on Saturday, October19 at 8am.

Meet at the Berns Amphitheatre (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground.)  $15 day use fee

Crystal Cove State Park is a great spot to look for resident dolphins, migrating whales, and to birds just passing by the coastline.  Join a park naturalist on Saturday, October 19 at 9am for a Marine Life “Twalk” and learn some fun facts about the marine wildlife as we 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.)  $15 day-use fee

State Parks, Campgrounds and S’mores are a tradition.  Come down to the Berns Amphitheater at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturday, October 19 from 6:30-7:30 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

Take a walk through the renovated 12-acre Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park on Sunday, October 20 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)

Enjoy a -0.1 afternoon low tide at Crystal Cove State Park where a park naturalist will lead a guided tidepool walk to Pelican Point on Saturday, October 26 at 2pm 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

Join a park naturalist on a beautiful Sunset Bluff and Beach Walk on Saturday, October 26 at 5pm 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

Explore the tidepools at Crystal Cove State Park where a park naturalist will lead a guided tidepool walk to Reef Point on Sunday, October 27 at 2:30pm and help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations.  

Meet at the Reef Point Parking Lot (PCH coastward at stoplight Reef Point, turn left after the entrance kiosk and meet at the south restroom building.) $15 day-use fee

Explore the Coastal Bluffs and Intertidal Habitat at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturday, October 27 at 2:30pm when a park naturalist leads a walk to Little Treasure Cove.  Learn a little about the birds, intertidal invertebrates, seaweeds and common land plants. Meet by the bulletin board at Pelican Point parking lot #1, (PCH turn coastward at Newport Coast, right at the kiosk to the end.)  Wear shoes appropriate for scrambling over sharp rocks as we will be rounding a headland at low tide and walking on uneven terrain.

 $15 day-use parking fee