For over thirty years, children in California public and private elementary schools have learned about Fort Ross and its Russian-California history by attending the Environment Living Program (ELP). This program is offered to children in the fourth and fifth grades, as well as home schooled children, and is integrated with California curriculum requirements.
Before visiting Settlement Ross, students prepare by first studying the history and taking on the character of a Russian American Company employee. Students then arrive at Settlement Ross prepared for hours of serious role-playing as militia, cook, hunter, or officer, learning the roles and practicing the crafts of the people who lived at Ross. The program is offered as either an overnight program or day program.
ELP is enormously important to our park because it inspires generations of devoted Fort Ross fans — what kid doesn’t want to role-play a militia or hunter, or see the windmill turn? Teachers and students work with well-trained, professional State Parks interpretive staff who will fully engage the students in one of the most memorable experiences of their school career.
Unfortunately, many public schools are no longer able to afford field trips like this, due to increasing transportation costs and limited budgets.
To ensure that all kids have access to quality outdoor education, Fort Ross Conservancy is pleased to announce the FRC Education Fund, providing reduced or free access to students interested in attending Fort Ross Environmental Living Day sessions (ELDP). Scholarship funding is available for costumes and supplies, food, and the ELDP program fee. Schools and groups are encouraged to apply and the application is online.
FRC began the scholarship fund with a $3,500 donation which was immediately matched by Renova Fort Ross Foundation. A generous local donor increased the fund by $5,000. We ask that you too consider making a donation to ensure equal access to quality outdoor education. $150 will send ten children to the fort for the day. $1,500 will allow 100 children to attend. All donations to the FRC Youth Scholarship Fund are tax deductible. You may donate online, or mail your check to Fort Ross Conservancy Education Fund, 19005 Coast Highway One Jenner, CA 95450.