Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods

Promoting education, preservation & restoration of the natural & cultural resources of Russian River area State Parks
Home About News Calendar Volunteer Programs Schools Groups E-Store Resources

Sonoma Coast Volunteer Education Programs: Sonoma Coast Visitor Center

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. It 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. Call (707) 865-9657 to check to see if they are open and what hours. The center contains a wonderful Nature Store with an excellent assortment of educational items for sale, as well as, interesting interpretive displays showing Sonoma Coast history, flora and fauna.

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.

Potential volunteers are required to attend one of the three General Orientation Sessions, and will train side-by-side with experienced volunteers at the JVC. Volunteers are encouraged to attend seminars for other programs to gather as much knowledge as possible.

Orientation Sessions

If you would like more information about the Jenner Visitor Center, other VIP Programs or to register for orientations, please contact: Margaret Pearson Pinkham, Volunteer Manager, at< or (707) 869-9177 ext. 1#.