Earth Day at Jenner and the Russian River
A group called EcoRing is holding a big Earth Day celebration Saturday April 21 that offers a variety of outdoor activities for the public. The celebration starts at 9 a.m. at the Jenner Inn where a Native American Elder will bless the river in a ceremony.
Then there will be a Mini Rush kayak and canoe race. Registration is $20 and kayak rentals for the race only are $15.
Those not water inclined can join a 28 mile bike ride from Jenner to Occidental via Willow Creek Rd. $20 ($15 in advance on line) includes lunch at the end of the ride.
There is also a guided wildflower hike of the Jenner Headlands led by Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods beginning at 9 a.m. Hikers must register online in advance at www.stewardsofthecoastandredwoods.com
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. people can go on Russian long boat rides on historic reproductions of the craft. At 11 a.m. awards for race winners will be handed out in a ceremony followed by a kayak history and harbor seal tour. At noon there is a barbecue with beer and wine available at the Jenner Inn. Un Deux Trois will provide music until 3 p.m. From noon until 2 p.n. there is an electric car show. From noon until 5 p.m. guided kayak rides will be offered. From 1 to 3 p.m. chair massages will be available at the Jenner Inn.
At 3 p.m. Russian History talk by John Middleton, Russian Academy of Sciences, and former President of the Fort Ross Interpretive Association on the bicentennial celebration 1812-2012. To cap the day after the lecture there will be a screening of the documentary Shark Water at the Jenner Community Center.
EcoRing attempts to unite community organizations with green businesses in order to promote eco-tourism.