Parents Get Ready!

The Environmental Living Program cannot succeed without the help, support and participation of you, the parents!

Whether you plan to participate yourself in the ELP or support from home, we need you to encourage research, enthusiasm, and curiosity in all the kids joining your class’s ELP.

Please read the following links and feel free to delve into any and all of the info created for the Teacher and Students as this will help greatly to understand what goes into creating a successful and memorable ELP or ELDP.


Participating Parents (Onsite Officers) –

The process for getting everyone together in your group could start several months before your onsite program — four months ahead is ideal.

  • Review the relevant ELP website materials, starting with the Teachers Get Ready dropdown menu items.
  • Strive to study the material and get into character to make the most of your time at Colony Ross
  • Know the general ELP Rules and Regulations and those that pertain to your role group
  • Arrive at Fort Ross in costume and in character
  • Parents of one family should only commit to one role-play group area. The responsibility of each group leader is very time consuming and involved
  • Once a role-play group leader is committed to a particular group, they should get together many times so children and parents get to know each other
  • Each group leader should
    • Know what his/her individual role and responsibility is
    • Have plenty of curriculum material as well as the role group website materials that pertains to his/her group
    • Be willing to work with and lead the group in research and organize the onsite visit
  • Assist in creating costumes for their group
  • Optional – Make a journal
  • Optional – Write a “Real Character” biography from fact; if necessary expand it with appropriate historical fiction
  • Have the name, email and phone number of the ELP Manager and ELP Instructor so you can contact them if you have specific questions that are not answered on the website
  • If your teacher has scheduled Letters to Fort Ross Employees or Mail Call (from parents), please have some fun writing to your “19th century child” and pass on the letter to your teacher

Parents Supporting from Home –

  • If your teacher has scheduled Letters to Fort Ross Employees or Mail Call (from parents), please have some fun writing to your “19th century child” and pass on the letter to your teacher.