Fort Ross State Historic Park

Fort Ross State Historic Park trails, beaches, parking lots, bookshop, and the visitor center museum are open to the public. The historic compound and buildings inside the compound are now open.  Reef Campground is closed for repairs.

Salt Point State Park trails, parking lots, and campgrounds are now open. Please reserve campsites through the Reserve California website.

Fort Ross’ ELP Enrollment is open! Book your program online.

This experiential California history program is a Fort Ross staple that provides enriching, educational opportunities for our youth.

Please email charonv@fortross.org with any questions.


We aren’t holding Fort Ross Festival in 2021, but we do have some dates to share:

      • October 16th, 2021: Harvest Festival
      • December 11th, 2021: Fort Ross Conservancy Holiday Party
      • May 2022:  Reef Campground slated to reopen
      • July 30, 2022: Fort Ross Festival (long overdue, so next year’s event will be a big one!)

Thank You for Supporting our Spring Fundraiser!

With your support, we can now welcome more students to Fort Ross through both our Distance Learning and in-person educational programs. These programs provide a breath of fresh air during what’s been a rough year for students, teachers, and families. Visit our fundraising page to make a donation today. And a big  thank to FORT ROSS VENTURES for their generous $15,000 donation.

Environmental Living Distance Learning
Our ELP opportunities allow students to experience the joys of history, exploring the interaction between people and their environment. Students learn about the many cultures and ways of living at Settlement Ross. An ELP Instructor provides a virtual interactive walk-about of the historic compound to share this rich history, and provides tutorial videos of our many fun hands-on craft projects that students can do at home to bring this historic era to life.

 

Marine Ecology Distance Learning
Learn how the history of Fort Ross is still, to this day, tied to the marine ecology along the Sonoma County coast. Fort Ross’ history provides a lens through which to examine the ways humans have cared for or exploited the environment around them.  Its rich history —  starting with the Kashia Pomo, followed by the Russians, Alaska Native and early California period — all instruct us to better understand how human impacts have lasting effects on ecosystems. recordings.

 


Fort Ross Bookshop in the Visitor Center is open 10a.m. - 4:30p.m. where you can find the perfect gift for friends and family. Note cards designed by talented local artists, stuffed animals, fun socks, and many interesting books.

 

 
 
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Fort Ross Conservancy connects people to the history and beauty of Fort Ross and Salt Point. In a normal year, we bring over 4,000 youth to Fort Ross and Salt Point for outdoor educational programs they will never forget.  This year we’ve constantly adapted to the new normal with the goal of keeping our parks open, sharing the beauty and importance of our parks, and broadening our educational program reach.

 

Marine Activities at Fort Ross
Fort Ross offers over six miles of pristine, diverse coastline. Learn about our programs and activities:
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.

 


The Cemetery Commemoration celebrated the collaboration to improve the historic cemetery. Joining California State Parks were Governor Brown, Russian Ambassador Antonov, Alaska Natives, Kashia Pomo, and Coast Miwok, Russian Orthodox Church officials, Fort Ross Conservancy, and researchers.

 

 


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.


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 - Explore the wonders of Fort Ross on a Private or Group Tour! Join our English-Russian bilingual guide to learn about the hidden stories of Fort Ross, including the historic orchard, cemetery, redwoods, marine mammals & more. Check out the tour options here.

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.

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.

Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
The Sonoma coastline, including Fort Ross and Salt Point, is protected under marine sanctuary status as part of the expansion of the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.

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.


Certificate of Excellence

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.