Crystal Cove
State Park

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Have you ever wondered why an octopus changes colors or where hermit crabs get their shells?

Join CA State Parks Interpreter Alex on a trip to Crystal Cove State Park’s Marine Protected Area (MPA) to learn about tidepool habitats and the incredible adaptations that tidepool animals use to survive in a harsh environment where land meets the sea.

Students can discover a number of tidepool organisms and explore topics including habitats, tides, adaptations, food chains, and defense mechanisms.

During this virtual field trip, students will also learn about Marine Protected Areas, why they are important, and how they help protect these fascinating and fragile tidepool ecosystems.

Keep reading to discover our On-Demand programs and K-12 educational resources from Crystal Cove State Park!

Are you interested in scheduling an in-person field trip to Crystal Cove State Park? Click here to learn more.

Available Teacher Resources

Explore Animal Evidence with Crystal Cove State Park!

Explore passPORTS teacher resources for Crystal Cove State Park!

Explore Tidepool Resources from Crystal Cove State Park!

Dive into our Bilingual Marine Protected Areas Coastal Explorer Guide Activity Book

Discover the Birds of Crystal Cove and other Educational Resources at

Previous Broadcasts

Join Alex to discover Tidepool Animal Adaptations at Crystal Cove State Park!

Join Veronica for a bilingual Junior Ranger Adventure in the Crystal Cove State Park Tidepools ¡En dos idiomas!

Enjoy our suite of Beautiful Birds videos and visit educational resources for fun and engaging virtual Junior Ranger activities.

Explore Tidepools with Park Naturalist Winter! at find more videos on the Orange Coast District Youtube Channel!

Learn more about Crystal Cove State Park's Supporters!