Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods (Stewards) partners with State Parks in the Russian River area, providing support for Armstrong Redwoods SNR, Austin Creek SRA and Sonoma Coast State Park. Stewards’ mission is to promote, restore and protect your State Parks. We achieve our mission through natural and cultural education and stewardship volunteer programs for all ages. Stewards also manages two visitor centers and nature stores. Stewards currently operates Austin Creek SRA and is negotiating a co-management agreement with State Parks for both Armstrong Redwoods and Austin Creek in 2017. Operations includes managing campgrounds, maintenance and housekeeping, resource management projects, visitor services and restoration of Pond Farm Pottery, a site on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Annual Old Grove Festival takes place in September of each year and features music in the historic forest theater. Other events include Family Day in your Park, an Artful Gourmet Walk, and Sunset Dinner.
Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods (Stewards) is a non-profit organization that partners with the Russian River Sector of California State Parks, which is in the Sonoma Mendocino Coast District. The southern part of the sector includes Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve (outside Guerneville), Austin Creek State Recreation Area (a park Stewards is now operating), Sonoma Coast State Park (from Bodega Bay to Jenner) and includes the Willow Creekwatershed. State Parks depends on Stewards to provide funding for the Volunteers in Parks Program, educational and interpretive activities, for resource management and stewardship projects, and to assist in the development of interpretive facilities and displays.
The State Parks of Sonoma County’s coast and Russian River valley are rich in natural and cultural history, biological diversity and distinctive geology. Our mission is to promote education, preservation and restoration of the natural and cultural resources of Russian River area State Parks through interpretation and public stewardship. We do this (with the help of 350
volunteers) by providing park visitors of all ages with a variety of programs and opportunities to experience and explore these exceptional parks.
With your support, Stewards is protecting Austin Creek State Recreation Area through an operating agreement with State Parks that started in 2012. We reopened Bullfrog Pond Campground and three backcountry campsites. We are providing public access and programs in areas on the Sonoma Coast that are still closed seasonally, as well as continuing all our existing education and stewardship programs during these unprecedented times. Stewards launched a new Marine Education Program in 2014. We continue to support efforts to secure a sustainable funding source for our state parks.
Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve (SNR) preserves 805 acres of majestic Coast Redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens). Coast Redwoods are classified as temperate rainforests and they need wet and mild climates to survive. Armstrong Redwoods is a natural sanctuary, cherished for its remarkable features and revered by those seeking quiet reflection. It is a living monument to the magnificent primeval redwood forest that covered much of this area before logging operations began during the 19th century. The redwood ecosystem is very fragile. Every effort is being made to preserve and protect the Coastal Redwoods in the Reserve, but it can only be done with your help. When you visit, please do not disturb or remove any natural features of the park, stay on designated trails and do not cross low-level fence lines.
Contact Stewards to schedule a group eco-adventure (hike, docent talk, tide pooling, whale or seal watching). Register for one of our field seminars or docent training programs.