Crystal Cove State Park – NOVEMBER 2019

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, November 2 or Sunday, November 17 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 and meet a Park Naturalist at a Trailside Chat table before starting a hike into the backcountry of Crystal Cove State Park on Sunday, November 3, 10, 17, & 24 or Friday, November 29 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

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity each Wednesday (11/6, 13, 20, & 27) 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)

Help us learn more about Moro Canyon’s Ecosystem at Field Science Saturday on November 9 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

Stop by our Beachside Chat table on Saturday, November 9 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)

Families with young children are invited to join a park naturalist on an easy one hour guided 2-Mile Family Night Hike along Moro Canyon trail on Saturday, November 9 at 5:30pm.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheatre (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park follow the signs to the Campground.) $5 sunset rate.

Crystal Cove State Park is a great spot to look for resident dolphins, migrating whales, and birds just passing by the coastline.  Join a park naturalist on Sunday, November 10 at 9am for a Whale and Wildlife “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

Crystal Cove State Park naturalists will lead a guided interpretive 2-hour, four mile Full Moon Hike on Tuesday, November 12 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.

Take a walk through the renovated 12-acre Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park on Sunday, November 17 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 low tide at Crystal Cove State Park where a park naturalist will lead a guided tidepool walk to Pelican Point on Saturday, November 23 at 12pm 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

Explore the huge variety of seaweeds on a guided Seaweeds & Sea Creatures of Crystal Cove Beach Walk on Sunday, November 24 at 12pm.  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

Enjoy a guided tidepool walk to Little Treasure Cove on Monday, November 25 at 1pm when the tide will fall to a super low -1.0.  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.) 

 Tennis shoes suggested.  $15 day-use parking fee

Enjoy a pre-Thanksgiving negative low tide (-1.2) at Crystal Cove State Park where a volunteer will lead a guided tidepool walk to the Rocky Bight intertidal area on Wednesday, November 27 at 2:30pm and will help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations.  Meet at the Historic District Visitor Center by the Beachcomber Café.  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)

“Opt-Out” of the chaos of Black Friday and join park naturalist Laurel on a post-Thanksgiving, 3-mile Sunset Nature Hike on Friday, November 29 at 3pm.  Work off that turkey and fixins on this moderate hike and enjoy the beautiful sunset from Crystal Cove State Park.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground.)    $5 sunset rate

Join park naturalist Ranger Alex for a fun, kid-friendly Beach Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, November 30 from 2-3pm.  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 mouth of the Moro Tunnel in the Parking Lot (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground.)

 $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, November 30 from 5-7pm 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