California State Parks supports equal access. Prior to arrival, visitors with disabilities who need assistance should contact (707) 847-3437.
We also have one beach wheelchair
available to use on the premises.
Fort Ross Conservancy 2017 Board Meetings: February 11th (also Annual Members' Meeting), April 8th, June 10th, August 19th, October 21st and December 9th (followed by community potluck and holiday party at 12:30). Most board meetings take place at Fort Ross State Historic Park but we occasionally meet in Petaluma. If you plan on attending please review the board policy for attending the meetings and contact us ahead of time to verify the location of the meeting.
Upcoming Marine Mammal Monitoring Events:
Harbor Seal Surveys:May 20, 1pm; June 3, 1:15pm; June 17, 11:15am; July 1, 11:30am; July 15, 9:45am; July 29, 10am.
Assist us with our citizen scientist effort monitoring the harbor seals that haul out along our coast. After meeting at the FRSHP Visitor Center, our surveys begin roadside at Highway One Mile Marker 33.52, just north of the park entrance. These almost two mile low-tide shoreline surveys end at Fort Ross Cove and take about two hours’ time.
Steller Sea Lion Surveys: Contact Hank Birnbaum at firstname.lastname@example.org for survey dates.
Call House tours - Volunteers maintain the historic garden and give guided house museum tours on the first weekend of each month from
1 to 4pm.
Many of the furnishings belonged to the Call family.
Windmill Turning - Fort Ross Windmill is undergoing repairs due to storm damage. Windmill turning will resume on its regular schedule after the repairs are completed.
Click here to see the listing of past events
Saturday, May 20th: Alaska Native Day
Fourth Annual Alaska Native Day to celebrate the Alaska Native history at Fort Ross/Metini and to build community among the Alaska Native people. Kayak race, crafts, dance performance, story telling, and games. Come learn about the Alaska Native community at Fort Ross.
10:00 GATES OPEN
Guests walk to Sandy Cove (20-30 minutes)10:30 SANDY COVE
Kashia welcome the Tlingit/ Haida/ Tsimshian to Metini
10:45 John Sperry Memorial Kayak Race – Traditional skinboat race
11:00 OUTSIDE FORT COMPOUND
Nigilax^ build – Marc Daniels, Mind’s Eye Manufactory
Lunch Opens – Aunty Mary’s Food Shack will sell Kashia Tacos
and fry bread treats
Tribal Style Beads for sale
Noon INSIDE FORT COMPOUND
Silent Auction Opens
Marine Mammals & Russian American Company Fur Trade Interpretation
12 – 3 MAGAZIN Hearst Museum of Anthropology Displays of Halibut Hooks
12 – 3 OFFICERS BARRACKS
12:30 FORT COMPOUND
Story sharing – Bob Sam, Tlingit Storyteller from Sitka
1:30 FORT COMPOUND AND MARINE TERRACE
Alaska Native Games – Spear throwing and chance games
2:00-2:45 BLUFF, OPPOSITE CALL PICNIC AREA
Marine Mammal Interpretation – Join the Fort Ross Conservancy Marine Mammal Monitoring staff and volunteers to scope out our harbor seals, learn about nearby sea lions. Maybe we will see a whale!
3:00 FORT COMPOUND
Southern Wind Dancers
4:00 Silent Auction Ends
4:30 EVENT ENDS, VISITOR CENTER CLOSES
No event fee, but California State Parks entrance fees apply ($8/car) Questions? Contact Fort Ross Conservancy at email@example.com
Saturday, June 10th: Metini Day
11am - 6 pm
SuNuNu Shinal Pomo Dance Group is hosting the second annual Metini Day at Fort Ross. This event is open to all, so come on out and help celebrate this special place. There will be arts & crafts and food booths.
All native dance groups interested in dancing at this event, please message the group at their Facebook page.
California State Parks and Fort Ross Conservancy are pleased to welcome you to Fort Ross Festival where we celebrate the wonderful diverse international flavors and cultures of Fort Ross. This year's event will highlight the Kashia, Russian, Alaska Native, and California ranch era peoples who have called Fort Ross home over the centuries. We'll offer costumed historical vignettes, hands-on crafts, horse and buggy rides, music & dance from numerous cultures, an international food bazaar -- and of course, the Fort Ross Beer Garden!
Saturday, October 14th: Harvest Festival
Harvest is the time to enjoy autumn's fresh air with friends and family, acknowledging all that the seasons provide us. Harvest Festival starts out with a morning of gentle apple picking in the historic orchard, where we'll harvest fruit while enjoying the Eastern European music and Kedry. The celebration then moves to the historic Fort Ross compound where we'll enjoy the old-world charm of the 19th century Russian settlement.
Sunday, January 1st, 2017, 10am: First Day Hike
Join us on Monday, January 1st for the First Day Hike at Fort Ross State Historic Park starting at 10am. Meet at Reef Campground Trailhead. Bring water, bag lunch, binoculars, cameras, hiking sticks and hiking boots. For more information call 707-847-3437
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, January 21st: Kolyadki
Winter Village Celebration with Kedry families. Villagers start Winter Celebration with "visitations" to different buildings inside the fort singing "Carole" songs. Some of the songs are very old and some are funny; most of them have words of gratitude and blessings. The "hosts" give the visitors treats. Traditionally it ends with the feast and then more community singing and dancing if weather permits.
Saturday, April 22nd, 11am - 3:30pm at Fort Ross
SPRING CELEBRATION & Going Away Party for Robin Joy Wellman
Join us on Earth Day for our Spring Celebration, Krasnaya Gorka, as the beautiful families from Kedry and talented women of Kitka formally welcome the new season. It's also an opportunity to celebrate Robin Joy Wellman's long and productive tenure at Fort Ross-- after 27 years, Robin will be leaving Fort Ross for new opportunities. There will be traditional Russian Spring calling songs, circle dances, and games with Kedry & Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble, as well as a bench dedication, Kashaya and Church blessings, and potluck to recognize Robin's many years of service. Free (but park entrance fees apply).
Schedule (subject to change):
- 11:00am Dance, games, and song with Kedry and Kitka
- 11:45am Opening blessing
- 12:00pm Presentations by California State Parks and Friends in honor of Robin Joy Wellman; bench dedication
- 1:15pm Potluck
- 2:00pm Dance, games, and song with Kedry and Kitka