Marine Ecology Program Distance Learning

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Fort Ross Conservancy now offers distance learning opportunities! We want to support California teachers and parents by bringing the park to you through a one hour distance learning program.

We know the last few months have been incredibly difficult and there are still many unknowns related to the 2020-2021 school year. But there is one thing we do know – outdoor education is essential to the health, happiness, and development of all our youth. With the chaos of Covid-19, now more than ever, our students need to experience nature. We are here to work with you to bring nature to your classroom by providing an interactive trip to Fort Ross your students will never forget.

Your Distance Learning Experience Includes Learn how the history of Fort Ross is still, to this day, tied to the marine ecology along the Sonoma County coast. 

Fort Ross’ history provides a lens through which to examine the ways humans have cared for or exploited the environment around them.  Its rich history —  starting with the Kashia Pomo, followed by the Russians, Alaska Native and early California period — all instruct us to better understand how human impacts have lasting effects on ecosystems.

A Fort Ross Conservancy MEP Instructor takes students on a journey through this California history which is carefully interwoven with local ocean ecology. Together we witness how the intersection of cultural and natural history offer a unique opportunity to learn ocean stewardship: 

Experience 1 – One hour interactive Zoom experience

  • Fort Ross, its History and Ecology
  • Keystone Species Keep an Ecosystem in Balance
  • Citizen Science – You Can Make a Difference!
  • Exploring Tide Pools 

Experience 2 – One hour interactive Zoom experience

  • Citizen Science & Marine Mammal Monitoring at Fort Ross
    • Harbor Seal and Sea Lion Surveys 
  • Exploring the Fur Warehouse

Cost – $5/person/hour – Fort Ross Conservancy is a nonprofit organization that works to connect people to the history and beauty of Fort Ross and Salt Point parks. We are dedicated to providing outdoor youth education for all students. The Fort Ross Distance Learning fees ensure FRC is able to continue providing excellent programming which utilizes Fort Ross’ unique cultural and natural history to teach important ocean stewardship lessons.

Fee Waivers Available!Public lands and outdoor learning experiences should be widely available. FRC aims to minimize the financial challenges that keep kids from taking important field trips. Thanks to the generous support from our donors we have created the Fort Ross Education Fund to offer program fee waivers and/or transportation subsidies to schools that would otherwise be unable to participate. We welcome teachers of all schools to apply!

For more information contact Director of Programs Song Hunter at


“Our group’s participation in the Fort Ross Conservancy’s Marine Ecology distance learning program was definitely a highlight of our summer. Ms. Song Hunter and the Fort Ross Conservancy team skillfully combined pre-recorded videos and a Zoom conference call to thoroughly engage the students. The students loved being able to actually see Fort Ross, the ocean, and the California Coast. Just as importantly, the in-depth presentation really made them think. Learning about the relationships between abalone, sea urchins, and sea otters made them understand the oftentimes complex nuances of ecological interdependence in a profoundly deeper way. We — both students and teachers — are tremendously appreciative of Ms. Hunter and the Fort Ross Conservancy team. That they would invest so much time into providing such a wonderful presentation for a small group from Hawai‘i says so much about their dedication to educating youth. Thank you!” ~ Dr. Toby Yos, University of Hawai‘i, Uehiro Academy for Philosophy and Ethics in Education