Environmental Living Day Program  At Fort Ross

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Thank you for your interest in the Fort Ross State Historic Park Environmental Living Day Program, (ELDP). An ELDP is a program developed for those classes that wish to come for a full day with hands on based curriculum geared toward living history. This packet contains your reservation form, a bill for your school or personal use, optional schedules, and this informational page. The fee per person is $15.00.  The confirmation fee is $200, which is non-refundable. The confirmation fee is applied to your total class fees. We look forward to working with you and your students. If you have questions please contact us by phone at 707.847.4777 or e-mail us.

It is expected that you study Russian American Company curriculum in the classroom, and that your class will come to Fort Ross with character names, role-play, and in costume. A manual will be provided for you to use as a guideline once you have sent in your reservation form and confirmation fee of $200. Being familiar with the overnight program is a great advantage for those preparing for a day trip, although not necessary. Teachers who have not been onsite with a class are encouraged to attend the Teacher's Training the first weekend of October. Teachers who have not been on site and will not be attending training must pick from one of the agendas attached. For all programs we review the agenda before you come on site so we may offer suggestions for a smooth program. Below are two tentative agenda's. Please note you may only stay as late as 4:00 Pm – the very latest.

Resource manual for overnight and day programs.

Curriculum material for home, school, and onsite.

Teachers Workshop

Site Opportunities

Off Site opportunities

What a student says about ELDP
Dear Sasha and Vera,
Fort Ross was amazing. I enjoyed everything but 3 of my favorite things were these. My favorite was the cannon firing. I was surprised how sudden it went off. There was so much smoke I could hardly see, another thing I loved was the weaving. My Mom loves mine. She has already put it in the kitchen as a fruit bowl. Last but not least the soup. ... it gave me an idea of how the Russians lived.
From Ruffi

Fort Ross Schedule - Sample
7:30 Students and parents arrive at school. Load cars/buses. Drive to the Reef Campground, wait for arrivals, eat snack. If a car arrives late, please carry on without them.
10:00 Parents with cars- Once everyone has arrived at the Reef Campground entrance, the parents drive cars to the fort without delay and unload gear just inside the fort gate. Please let the Fort Ross Interpretive Specialist know you have arrived – they will give you direction on unloading.  Return cars to upper parking lot at the west end, walk down to the fort to greet employees.  Leave cell phones in cars. Teacher, students and Parents without cars will hike along the cove to the fort.
10:30 Fort Ross Interpretive Specialist will greet the walkers and talk outside the compound for a short time.  Militia checks passes at the gate, all groups will tour the buildings.
11:00 Eat packed lunch.
11:15 Flag raising ceremony, retrieve gear from the ELDP Company Store Room. Work in groups at assigned tasks. Each group may take turns at Trade Store.
12:15 Group or groups hikes to various locations in the park
1:15 Small lunch prepared onsite by cooks
1:30 Clean up and return gear to ELDP Company Store Room. Mail call. 
2:00 Storytelling and Music in chapel. Or Dance the Troika
3:00 Cannon firing and presentation
3:45 Share experiences, eat snack, parents drive cars to fort to pack gear.
4:00 Depart Fort Ross Please do not go to the Visitor Center until you are on your way home. Fort Ross Rainy Day and/or Early Sunset Schedule - Sample Here is another tentative schedule for your class. Note that this schedule is for an early sunset. If it is just sprinkling, we encourage you to walk from the parking lot. If it is really raining, we encourage you to drive right to the fort compound. Although some groups do brave the rain and walk from the Reef, they do so only with proper rain gear.  
8:30 Students and parents arrive at school. Load cars/buses. Drive to the Upper parking area at Fort Ross State Historic Park. Wait for arrivals, eat snack. If a car arrives late, please carry on without them. Fort Ross phone is 707-847-4777.
10:00 Parents with cars- drive to the fort without delay and unload gear just inside the fort gate. Please let the Fort Ross Interpretive Specialist know you have arrived – they will give you direction on unloading.  Return cars to upper parking lot at the west end, walk down to the fort with all employees.  Leave cell phones in cars.
10:30 Fort Ross Interpretive Specialist will greet Company and talk outside the compound for a short time.  Militia checks passes at the gate, all groups will tour the buildings.
11:00 Eat snack
11:15 Flag raising ceremony, retrieve gear from the ELDP Company Store Room. Work in groups at assigned tasks. Each group may take turns at Trade Store.
1:15 Enjoy lunch prepared onsite by cooks
1:30 Clean up and return gear to ELDP Company Store Room. Mail call. 
2:00 Cannon firing and presentation
2:45 Share experiences Parents drive cars to fort to pack gear.
3:00 Depart Fort Ross
Please do not go to the Visitor Center until you are on your way home.