Fort Ross Historic State Park, Sonoma County, Northern California

FORT ROSS STATE HISTORIC PARK

Starting November 1st Fort Ross will be open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. See our Park Information page for details. Reef Campground is closed from November 1st until April 1st, 2017. Call House Museum is open on the first weekend of each month from 1 to 4pm.  Book your walking tour today with our bilingual tour guide.


ELP   Seals at Fort Ross   Holly

Environmental Living Program
Since November 1st, 2016, Fort Ross Conservancy has been managing the Environmental Living Program. The Environmental Living Program has been operating for nearly thirty years at Fort Ross State Historic Park. Generations of children have learned about Fort Ross and California history by attending ELP, and we all agree that ELP is enormously important to our park. Our goal is to make this transition as gentle and transparent as possible to ensure our students have a wonderful place-based Fort Ross learning experience!

 

Marine Activities at Fort Ross
Fort Ross offers over six miles of pristine, diverse coastline. Learn about our programs and activities:
Marine Ecology Program
Beach Watch Survey
Doghole Ports Project
Marine Mammal Monitoring
Rocky Intertidal Species of Fort Ross
, add your pictures and species finds to our iNaturalist project.

  Join us on Saturday, December 10th for the end of year Community Potluck at the Visitor Center Auditorium from 12:00pm to 3:00pm featuring the local Fort Ross Choir for a "good old hometown concert". Choir will perform "Legend" by Tchaikovsky, the "Ave Verum" of Mozart, and a new arrangement of the folk ballad "Molly Malone" immediately after lunch which starts at 12:00 pm. Please bring a favorite dish to share and come to enjoy the show.

Noteworthy:

Youth scholarship

Making Outdoor Education Accessible
We are happy to announce our FRC Education Fund to ensure all students have access to Fort Ross' wonderful youth programming. We offer scholarships for students to attend either our Environmental Living Program or our Marine Ecology Program. Please consider making a donation to FRC today to ensure all students can experience the joy of outdoor learning.

Call lHouse

American Ranch Era Video
FRC has released a 22-minute film documenting the Call House museum. Author and FRC Volunteer Extraordinaire Lynn Rudy takes us for a joyful walk through the Call House Museum while describing early-California life on the farm during the American Ranch period.

Digital Library

FRC Digital Library
FRC has launched Fort Ross Digital Library Project
 -- we've digitized and made available more than 100 manuscripts unique to our park, with more to come!

Tours FRC Tours
FRC offers private tours in English and Russian -- see our Tours description for more information.
SURF SURF at Fort Ross   
Since 2011, the Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum delegation has traveled to Fort Ross as part of the Capstone Conference at Stanford. Program delegates learn about our shared Russian American history at Fort Ross, engage in community service activities, and also participate in team building exercises. See our webpage for more information.
Blacksmithy

Common Earth, Common History
In 2014, the historic Izborsk museum, received a US State Department Peer to Peer grant. The goal of this grant was to partner the Russian museum with an American museum to learn best practices and create projects that were beneficial to both institutions. Each museum created an online exhibition to showcase the crafts and trade that thrived in their respective settlements. Fort Ross' exhibit covers the most prevalent 19th century crafts practiced during the Russian era.

Tours

Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
The Obama administration has approved the expansion of the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. The Sonoma coastline, including Fort Ross and Salt Point, is now protected under marine sanctuary status.

2016 Events

2016 Calendar
Plan your next visit by checking out our scheduled 2016 events!


About Fort Ross

Fort Ross, one of the main tourist attractions between Bodega Bay and Fort Bragg, is a California State Historic Park showcasing a historic Russian-era fort compound that has been designated National Historic Landmark status. Located eleven miles north of Jenner on California Highway One, one of the most scenic coastal routes in the world, Fort Ross is surrounded by sandy beaches, panoramic coves, and redwood forests, with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.


The 3,400 acre park offers pristine natural landscapes as well as historic structures and exhibits that bring to life the former Imperial Russian settlement, early California Ranch era, and Kashaya territory. The park is approximately 45 minutes north of Bodega Bay and about 25 miles or an hour’s drive from one of San Francisco's oldest retreats, the Russian River.


Full Circle - Fort Ross Introductory Video

Enjoy footage and music from our fabulous bicentennial celebrations while learning more about  Fort Ross Conservancy's work on the ground.

 

Fort Ross Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) and California State Park cooperating association, connects people to the history and beauty of Fort Ross and Salt Point State Parks. 

© Fort Ross Conservancy (formerly Fort Ross Interpretive Association) , 19005 Coast Highway One, Jenner, CA 95450, 707-847-3437