About the Preserve
Contributing to the understanding of the Earth's natural systems through research, education, and protection of the preserve's resources
Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve (JRBP) is located near Stanford University's campus in the eastern foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The preserve encompasses remarkable geologic, topographic, and biotic diversity within its 483 hectares (1193 acres) and provides a natural laboratory for researchers from all over the world, educational experiences to students and docent-led visitors, and refuge to native plants and animals.
The careful management of the preserve's ecosystems in as natural a state as possible allows scientists to quantify changes observed in similar ecosystems affected by a range of human impacts. In addition to facilitating first-rate research, this highly accessible field station provides undergraduate educational experiences and plays an active role in educating the general public.
Listen to Podcast
An exploration of Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, focusing on current student and faculty research projects, community outreach programs, and the natural beauty of Stanford's unique outdoor laboratory.
Site Characterization Information
Size: 483 hectares (1,193 acres) owned by Stanford University. Maximum East-West dimension about 4 km; maximum North-South dimension about 2 km.
Aerial view of Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
Location of Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve in relation to main Stanford University campus and surrounding communities