Starting November 1st, 2016, Fort Ross Conservancy will manage 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!
Fort Ross Conservancy (FRC), California State Park's non-profit partner at Fort Ross State Historic Park and Salt Point State Park, will assume responsibility for running and administering ELP. FRC has been a State Parks partner since 1974 and has both funded and implemented interpretation and educational programs at our parks for over forty years. State Parks asked FRC to run the ELP program because of ongoing financial constraints. This was a difficult decision for California State Parks, and we all wish to acknowledge the work that California State Parks staff have done throughout the years to grow this program.
Rest assured the program and curriculum will remain the same. Several FRC employees have taught and trained ELP over the years, and FRC's Program Manager Hank Birnbaum will be a familiar face to many of you. FRC has overseen the administrative side of ELP in years past as well, so the paperwork should go smoothly.
FRC is already overseeing a Marine Ecology Program for middle and high school students and we'll bring in Sondra Hunter, our Marine Ecology Program Manager, to assume the administrative and scheduling duties for ELP.
FRC brings its seasoned staff to ELP and we are excited to get to know the schools, teachers and students who have been so actively engaged in this program. We all believe this will be an easy, uncomplicated transition. If you have questions or concerns, please contact FRC at ELP@fortross.org or call us at 707-847-3437. We look forward to seeing you at the fort!
To book an ELP Program, or to enquire about an already-scheduled ELP: