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AS THE GATEWAY TO MORO CANYON , the Michael and Tricia Berns Environmental Study Loop has introduced thousands of students to Crystal Cove State Park ’ s coastal sage scrub ecosystem . The Conservancy is continuing to lead initiatives that help protect this vital and fragile habitat .
NATURAL RESOURCE SUMMER INTERNSHIP Five university interns worked with The Conservancy and State Park staff on important habitat restoration and ecological monitoring projects in the park , giving them valuable experience in natural resource management . To ensure that these opportunities are accessible to students with limited means , these internships are paid positions .
SNAPSHOT CAL COAST As part of an initiative led by the California Academy of Sciences , volunteers from the public used iNaturalist to capture data on tidepool species . This data is aggregated and made public for use by researchers investigating how biodiversity changes over time .
SPEAKER SERIES Almost a thousand people joined us for our inaugural five-part speaker series which covered topics as varied as coastal dynamics , Indigenous environmental justice issues , historic restoration , and more .
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