Running Fence - Watson School Historic Park

14550 Bodega Highway, Bodega Bay

  • Accessible areas
  • Birding
  • Picnic Facilities

Hours: The park opens at sunrise and closes at sunset.

Parking: No day use parking fee.

Dogs: Permitted on leash no longer than 6' in length. License required.

Accessibility: Accessible parking space and loading area; accessible paths of travel to the building, family picnic site and portable restroom.

Ranger Phone: (707) 875-3540

Watson School was built in 1856 and was active as a school until the late 60's. Although the interior is closed to the public, visitors are welcome to walk up to this historic building to get a close up view of a one-room schoolhouse.

Adjacent to this historic building is Christo & Jeanne-Claude Running Fence Park. This quarter-acre park provides a small parking lot and picnic tables on a grassy area. A portable restroom is available.

Watson School Restoration Project

Phase 3 Restoration Completed in March 2012

After nearly 2 decades of silence in the classroom, Watson School has received a much needed facelift thanks to a generous donation to the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation by a former student. The school has been closed to the public for nearly two decades as a result of a failing foundation, and the building has been braced for several years to keep it from falling over from the strong winds that blow up the valley from the coast.

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