Crystal Cove State Park – MARCH 2020

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

RAIN CANCELS

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, March 1, 15, & 22 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

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity each Wednesday (3/4, 3/11, 3/18, & 3/25) 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 Ranger Alex’s Beachside Chat table on Saturday, March 7 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

Explore the coastal bluffs, sandy beach, and intertidal habitat at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturday, March 7 at 1pm when a park naturalist leads an Ecology 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 wet & sharp rocks (no flip flops) as we will be rounding a headland at low tide and walking on uneven terrain.  $15 day-use parking fee

Crystal Cove State Park naturalists will lead a guided interpretive 2-hour, four mile Almost Full Moon Hike on Saturday, March 7 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.

Enjoy a SUPER negative 1.4 low tide at Crystal Cove State Park where a park naturalist will lead a guided tidepool walk to Reef Point on Sunday, March 8 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

Join park naturalists for a Sunset Bluff and Beach walk on Saturday, March 8 from 5:30pm until sunset.  Bring a camera and binoculars as we will search for migrating gray whales, birds, and watch the sunset.  Walk will be on the beach, and 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.)  $5 sunset rate

Help Crystal Cove Conservancy staff learn more about Moro Canyon’s Ecosystem at Stewardship Saturday on March 14 from 8:30am-12:00.  Participants will aid in planting native plants to help restore our project site. Be prepared to walk 20 minutes (about 1 mile) through mostly flat trails to get to the project site.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheater in Moro Canyon at 8:30 AM. Event is free with registration and is recommended for ages 8 and up. All participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  To register and for questions see:  https://crystalcove.org/event/field-science-saturday-24/ 

Join park naturalist Ranger Alex for a fun, kid-friendly Beach Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, March 14 from

11am-12:00.  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

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, March 15 at 9am.  Terrain will be uneven and steep with a 700 foot elevation gain/loss in some areas.  Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.  Hikers must be at least 8-years old.   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, March 15 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)

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 Saturday, March 21 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

On Saturday, March 28 from 10am-4pm in the Historic District join Crystal Cove State Park and Crystal Cove Conservancy for a Spring Art Show and the 4th Annual Art in the Park Celebration, a day filled with activities that celebrate the integration of art and nature through workshops, performances, and activities.

Enjoy free family-friendly art events, such as sea glass wrapping, outdoor musical performances, watercolor painting, basket weaving, and more. For a full schedule visit:  https://crystalcove.org/event/art-in-the-park/