Explore Crystal Cove and learn about the science of park management!  A new partnership between REI Outdoor School and Crystal Cove Alliance brings Citizen Science to classic REI programs.  Different classes are offered every month, and pre-registration is required.  Visit the REI Outdoor School website for more information.

•  Hiking Crystal Cove State Park with a Naturalist Guide

•  Kayak Tour of Crystal Cove

•  Stand Up Paddleboard Tour of Crystal Cove

•  Introduction to GPS Navigation

•  Introduction to Map & Compass Navigation

•  Introduction to Outdoor Photography


Monthly Historic District Walking Tour

Join us on the 2nd Saturday of each month for a tour of the Crystal Cove State Park Historic District. The tour will be led by Laura Davick, Founder & Director of External Affairs of Crystal Cove Alliance, the non-profit that was instrumental in saving the cottages for public use. As a former life-long resident of the Historic District, Laura brings a wealth of personal experience, and you will learn about Crystal Cove’s history, its rescue and the future plans for Crystal Cove State Park.


Information will also be provided about the final 17 cottages awaiting restoration, innovative education and conservation programs, membership, and hot tips for cottage rentals. You will also learn how YOU can get involved by becoming a member of Crystal Cove Alliance to benefit Crystal Cove State Park and the many restoration, education, and conservation programs that you and your family will enjoy!


Please click here for a printable flyer





A Lecture and Demonstration by Nationally Acclaimed Plein Air Artist John Burton


Crystal Cove Alliance will host nationally acclaimed plein air artist John Burton for a lectured followed by a demonstration.

Come witness an exceptional event. "Painting is the celebration of internalizing beauty and then trying to convey how you felt about what you witnessed in a poetic way".  His high energy approach is exciting to watch for those who have an appreciation for art and he is always ready to share his ideas. He recently won The Irvine Museum's Gold Medal Award for Best California Landscape Painting at the California Art Club's 103rd Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition.


For more information contact Becky Barber at 949.228.7829.


Date:  Saturday, May 3, 2014

Time:  1pm-2pm

Place: Education Commons in the Historic District of Crystal Cove State Park


Words in the Wild: Connecting with Place and Purpose

Join poet-naturalist Thea Gavin on a creative writing hike to practice simple and fun ways to connect with Crystal Cove through close observation and field notes. We'll discuss nature writing strategies and put them to use as we make our way along the ESL trail. Bring writing supplies and a willingness to have a good time connecting with one of Orange County's special wild places.  Appropriate for ages 8 and up! Free of charge.


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"A Splash of Color - Crystal Cove Artists

Capture Summer" Art Show & Sale

Saturday & Sunday, July 19 & 20, 2014 - 9am-4pm


At the Education Commons located in the Historic District of

Crystal Cove State Park.


Please join us for our first art show & sale of 2014!

Over 20 California Plein Air artists paintings capturing the magic of the ocean at Crystal Cove.


Half of art sales proceeds benefit restoration, education, and

conservation within Crystal Cove State Park.





12th Annual Gala

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 6pm

Support Crystal Cove by joining us for a glorious evening at the ocean's edge in the Historic District of Crystal Cove.


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18th Annual Tree Lighting & Gift Bazaar

Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 9am-5:30pm

Gift Bazaar 9am-4pm

Tree Lighting & pre-lighting activities 3pm-5:3pm


Save the Date! More information to follow.




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For as little as $50, you can become an official member of the Crystal Cove Alliance!  Enjoy benefits such as discounts at The Park Interpretive Store, invitations to special events, the CCA quarterly newsletter and more...





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