Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Fort Ross Conservancy

  • Jenner, CA
  • www.fortross.org

Mission Statement

Fort Ross Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) and California State Park cooperating association, connects people to the history and beauty of Fort Ross and Salt Point State Parks. Our mission is to promote for the benefit of the public the interpretive and educational activities of the Russian River Sector of California State Parks at Fort Ross State Historic Park and Salt Point State Park.

Main Programs

  1. Fort Ross Windmill Maintenance
  2. Marine Mammal Monitoring
  3. Salt Point Park Champions Work Day
  4. Fort Ross Festival
  5. Harvest Festival
  6. Rotchev House preservation
  7. 19th-century Russian Voyage research
  8. Fort Ross Library and Archives
  9. Youth Marine Ecology Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

We focus our work on supporting the mission, staff, and vision of Fort Ross and Salt Point State Park located in the Russian River Sector of Northern California. While the parks are visited by guests from around the world, our work focuses on supporting the parks specifically.

ruling year

1977

President & CEO

Self-reported

Sarah Sweedler

Treasurer & Chief Financial Officer

Self-reported

Jan Phelps

Keywords

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state park, russian history, california, native american, salt point state park, parks

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EIN

94-2370751

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Fort Ross Windmill Maintenance

Windmill maintenance by Friends of the Windmill. There is also an informal talk about the only Russian style historical windmill in the Western hemisphere.

Category

Historic Preservation & Conservation

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

$10,000.00

Program 2

Marine Mammal Monitoring

Citizen scientist project where staff and volunteers monitor harbor seals, sea lions, and other pinniped's along the Fort Ross & Salt Point regions of the coast.

Category

Marine Animals Preservation & Protection

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

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Program 3

Salt Point Park Champions Work Day

In partnership with the California State Parks Foundation. We have quarterly volunteer work days to fulfill community service hours and clean up Salk Point State Park.

Category

Community Service

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

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Program 4

Fort Ross Festival

Annual multicultural celebration of Kashaya, Russian, and Ranch era people who make Fort Ross unique. It features costumed historical re-enactment, historic crafts, cannon firings, live music and dance, food, marketplace, children's activities and more.

Category

Cultural Festivals

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

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Program 5

Harvest Festival

Annual festival that celebrates the harvest and bounty of the land. Apple picking at the historic orchard, wine tasting, luncheon, and more.

Category

Commemorative Events

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

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Program 6

Rotchev House preservation

Preservation and furnishing of the Rotchev House, circa 1836, the only remaining Russian-built structure at Fort Ross. This work is being accomplished with the help of local, state and federal granting sources.

Category

Historic Preservation & Conservation

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

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Program 7

19th-century Russian Voyage research

A collaborative research project with Russian archives to investigate documents and graphics produced on early nineteenth-century Russian voyages to the west coast of North America. The project has been jointly funded by FRC and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

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Program 8

Fort Ross Library and Archives

Acquisition and organization of the Fort Ross Conservancy library and archives. This library contains 30 albums of archivally-preserved historic photographs and almost 3,000 titles in the reference and circulating library. FRC has digitized many of our holdings and they are available to the public at www.fortross.org/lib.htm

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

None

Budget

$5,000.00

Program 9

Youth Marine Ecology Program

Fort Ross Conservancy offers one and two day outdoor educational marine ecology programming for middle and high school aged students. Full scholarships are available for under-served groups. Fort Ross Marine Ecology Program provides an exciting and academically rigorous field trip for students. Students participate in several interconnected modules including hands-on marine mammal observation and identification; understanding current and historic ecological interconnections; living history relevant to Fort Ross' history; and outdoor team building. Students will explore a historically rich and ecologically pristine region while receiving focused and relevant lessons that span content areas.Together, these lessons form a cohesive whole that helps students feel engaged and empowered while connecting the past, present and future of Fort Ross State Historic Park. The lessons also emphasize how the knowledge they access on this trip is applicable and important to the wider world and their own lives. By creating a holistic blend of outdoor adventure and diverse academic subject lessons, we help to create a field trip that is both memorable and valuable for attending middle and high school students.

Category

Environmental Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

None

None

Budget

$40,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

We focus our work on supporting the mission, staff, and vision of Fort Ross and Salt Point State Park located in the Russian River Sector of Northern California. While the parks are visited by guests from around the world, our work focuses on supporting the parks specifically.

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President & CEO

Sarah Sweedler

Treasurer & Chief Financial Officer

Jan Phelps

BIO

Ten years' experience with international nonprofit. Sixteen years' experience as an editor, writer, reporter, and desktop publisher. Five years' grant writing and reporting experience. Good team player, loves a challenge. Founded and ran Chapter & Verse Writing Services, a small consulting group providing technical writing, curriculum development, and web development services to start-up and Fortune 500 companies.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Sarah Sweedler

Fort Ross Conservancy

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

N/A

CEO OVERSIGHT

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Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

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N/A

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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