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Since 2011, the Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum delegation has traveled to Fort Ross as part of the Capstone Conference at Stanford. Fort Ross, located two hours north of Stanford, is a historic Russian settlement and was a trading outpost for the Russian-American Company from 1812 until 1842. The delegates in our program engage in community service activities that benefit Fort Ross and also participate in team building exercises during their time there.

The Stanford Conference Fort Ross retreat is made possible through the generous support of the Fort Ross Conservancy. This retreat provides an opportunity for delegates to understand the history that the U.S. and Russia share. At the same time, the delegation has an opportunity to explore the unique ecosystem present along the Northern California coastline.

Some of our community service activities at Fort Ross include:

  • Building a new trail through the coastal Redwood forest (a project that each year’s delegation contributes to)
  • Collecting data on marine wildlife to assist with an ongoing marine conservation project
  • Restored historic orchards by removing non-native and invasive plants
  • Assisting with scholarly translations relevant to the Fort’s history