The lands of Metini-Fort Ross and Salt Point hold importance to many people over many generations, and Fort Ross Conservancy's role is to nurture, support, and grow these connections. We accomplish this through collaboration and partnership -- and through listening.
Connections are strengthened when we host or support events such as Fort Ross Festival, Alaska Native Day, and the Kashia Big Time.
Connections are broadened when we support filmmakers such as Abamedia who are sharing stories of Metini-Fort Ross to international audiences.
We also support a cadre of very talented local volunteers who care for and interpret the Call House Museum, and both maintain and demonstrate the workings of our replica windmill. Neither of these structures would come to life without our volunteers creating these connections.
We help our visitors get a deeper sense of place by staffing knowledgable tour guides and interpreters at both Fort Ross and Salt.
Native California Kashia must tell their own stories in their own voices at our parks, and we are seeking funding to hire a Kashia educator to work at Metini-Fort Ross.
Our physical library connects many academics to our site, and our digital library broadens that reach farther. We collaborate with universities on research projects and grants, knowing that we must continually grow our knowledge and keep our hearts open to new interpretation of our parks' history. We also inspire newer generations to connect by creating internships for interested students.
We encourage caring and connection to the land by organizing volunteers to clear trails, tend the historic orchard, or survey for endangered species.