Crystal Cove State Park – JANUARY 2020

www.crystalcovestatepark.org – Ranger Station 949-494-3539

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In collaboration with the nationwide event “First Day Hike” and in celebration of New Year’s Day, State Park volunteers Tom Eastman & Annie Stoeckmann will lead a guided interpretive hike in the backcountry of Crystal Cove State Park on Wednesday, January 1 at 9amWe’ll look for birds, bobcats, butterflies, and buckwheat and enjoy a beautiful morning on the trails and in the canyon on this 3-mile moderate hike.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park follow the signs to the Campground/Moro day use.)  $15 day-use parking fee

Winter 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, January 4 at 8am.

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

Join park naturalist Ranger Alex for a fun, kid-friendly Beach Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, January 4 from 11am-noon.  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.) $15 day-use fee

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, January 5, 19, & 26 from 9am-12pm.  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.)  

$15 day use fee

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 Sunday, January 5 at 9am for a Whale & Wildlife “Twalk” and learn some fun facts about the coastal creatures 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

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity each Wednesday (1/8, 1/15, 1/22, & 1/29) 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)

Join Ranger Winter for a King Tide Walk at Crystal Cove State Park on Friday, January 10 at 2:30pm.   Learn about tides and how sea level rise is affecting our local coastline on this 2-hour stroll along the beach and at the tidepools.  Enjoy a -1.4 low tide and search for a host of organisms in this fragile ecosystem.  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.) $15 day-use fee

Crystal Cove State Park naturalists will lead a guided interpretive 2-hour, four mile Full Moon Hike on Friday, January 10 at 6pm.  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.

Help us learn more about the tidepools at Crystal Cove State Park and participate in a statewide intertidal bioblitz on Saturday, January 11 from 2-4pm meeting at the Historic District Education Commons.  Citizen Scientists will be documenting marine life in every Marine Protected Area in California.  For more information contact Erick at erick@crystalcove.org   Park in the Los Trancos lot (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk through the tunnel or take the shuttle.) $15 day-use fee

Enjoy a guided tidepool walk to Little Treasure Cove on Saturday, January 11 at 2:30pm when the tide will fall to a super low -1.4.  A park naturalist will help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations.  Meet 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 fee

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 Sunday, January 12 at 3pm 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

The 165+ species of seaweed in Orange County provide food and shelter for more than just flies.  In myriad colors, designs and sizes, they form the base of the marine food chain.  Join us for a Seaweeds & Sea Creatures Walk at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturday, January 18 at 10am and see who eats them, who lives in them, how they are important to the ecosystem….and why they are in your ice cream and lipstick. 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

Stop by Ranger Alex’s Beachside Chat table on Saturday, January 18 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.) $15 day-use fee

Winter is a magical time to explore the park & learn about our local critters including bobcats, butterflies, and birds.  Join park naturalists on a moderate 3-mile family nature hike at Crystal Cove State Park on Sunday, January 19 at 9am.  Meet 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

Take a walk through the renovated 12-acre Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park on Sunday, January 19 from 12:00-1:30pm.  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)

Winter is a magical time to explore the park & learn about our local critters including bobcats, butterflies, and birds.  Join park naturalists on a moderate 3-mile family nature hike at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturday, January 25 at 9am.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheatre (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park follow the signs to the Campground.)  $15 day-use fee

Crystal Cove State Park is hosting a geology tour along the coastal section of the park on Saturday, January 25 from 1:30-3:30pm.  Visit several diverse and geologically outstanding sites which all display a story from a different geologic time.  Meet at Los Trancos lot at the trailer (PCH turn inland at stoplight “Los Trancos”).

Enjoy a super low tide (0.9) at Crystal Cove State Park where a park naturalist will lead a guided tidepool walk to Pelican Point on Saturday, January 25 at 3pm 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

Enjoy a low tide (0.3) at Crystal Cove State Park where a park naturalist will lead a guided tidepool walk to Reef Point on Sunday, January 26 at 3pm 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 first restroom building.) $15 day-use fee