The Sonoma Coast Visitor Center in Jenner (JVC) is situated on the Russian River estuary in the heart of Jenner. Previously called the Jenner Boathouse, it was operated by the Jenner Community Club for many years. In 1996, the community asked Stewards to take over the staffing of the JVC.
The Visitor Center is operated by State Parks docents and open most days of the week during the busy time of year. During the off-season, the JVC is only open 3-4 days a week. The center contains a wonderful Nature Store with an excellent assortment of educational sales items. There are interesting, interpretive displays showcasing local history, flora and fauna. In addition, you will find information about local lodging, restaurants and things to do in the area. Please call (707) 865-9757 to confirm hours of operation.
The Russian River estuary and Sonoma Coast State Park offer extraordinary opportunities to experience nature at its finest. It is not unusual to see harbor seals, river otters, an occasional sea lion or elephant seal swimming in the estuary. The bird life is prolific, with ospreys, Great Blue Herons, egrets, turkey vultures, pelicans, gulls, cormorants and many shorebirds. Popular activities in the area include kayaking, fishing, hiking, biking, surfing and tidepooling.
Groups of 10 or more can book private naturlalist or docent-led tours of Sonoma Coast SP (reservations at least 2 weeks in advance are recommended). To do so, simply register online by filling out our Online Reservation Form for Groups. Fees vary and they help us continue to provide free docent-led environmental education programs for school groups through our School Group Education Programs. Click here to book School Group Reservations online.