Jesse Heydorff likes to call the inaugural Crystal Cove State Park Junior Lifeguard program "outdoor science camp meets junior lifeguard training."
From 8:45 a.m. to noon June 24 through Aug. 2, children ages 9 to 15 will hike, swim, paddleboard, snorkel and learn about native plants and animals among the park's 2,400 woodland acres and 3.2 miles of beach.
State park authorities tapped lifeguards Schuyler Kirby and Chris Heinrich to start the program this year, and the two have been creating a website and fliers to get the word out.
They then tapped Heydorff, who spent 14 years as a Huntington Beach state lifeguard, to create the curriculum.
"We want to make kids have an experience unlike anything in our community," Heydorff, 29, said. "The goal is to have kids walk their parents through the park and identify plant and marine life."
Children will swim a course set up by lifeguards using buoys at Moro Beach — below El Moro Campground.