ResearchResearchers should submit individual permit applications and proposals at least four weeks in advance to study the serpentine grassland, and two weeks in advance for work in other communities. The Preserve's executive director and advisory committee must approve all research proposals before work begins.
The Staff Scientist reviews the applications to ensure that proposed projects will neither conflict with ongoing work nor compromise the integrity of the Preserve or the future health of its habitats.
Projects that involve experimental manipulations are reviewed on a case-by-case basis; in general, manipulations must be small either in scale or effect. To lessen impacts to the serpentine grassland and other sensitive areas, research policies emphasize the use of less intrusive field markers and techniques, replacing them where possible by remote approaches.
EducationEducational use applications are accepted for college-level classes only and preference will be given to field classes and Stanford University Classes. Instructors should schedule class visits at least two weeks in advance. JRBP regulations must be followed at all times and students must be accompanied by a JRBP permit holder at all times.
Bio 96 (Docent Program)Developed in 1975, the Docent Program now consists of close to 100 Stanford students and community members, some of whom have participated since the program's beginning. Docents undergo rigorous training through formal Stanford courses and take part in a regular seminar series designed to enhance their understanding of the site's history, ecology, and current research. In addition to leading thousands of visitor on tours each year, docents undertake a variety of special projects that aid research and instructional use. More about the Bio 96 (Docent Program).
Student Ranger ProgramThe Ranger program at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve is an opportunity for students and community members to participate in protecting the Preserve. The primary function of the Rangers is to patrol the perimeter and trail system of Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve on mountain bikes. The Ranger Program encourages all interested persons to apply for positions.
Applications are accepted anytime, however the primary selection and training occurs at the beginning of Fall quarter each academic year. Click here for more information.
Online Application FormsThis application is to request individual access to the Preserve as a Researcher, JRBP Docent, Teaching Assistant, Ranger, or Environmental Volunteer, or to obtain data from JRBP for research purposes.
This permit is for Stanford University class instructors to request access to the Preserve for a Stanford course. This is not for individual access.
Permission to Enter and Assumption of Risk, Indemnity and Waiver FormTo be signed by any person (or parent/guardian of if applicant is a minor) who is not a registered student or current employee of Stanford University who wishes to enter Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve ("Jasper Ridge").
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Transportation Reimbursement Policy for StudentsJasper Ridge Biological Preserve will reimburse students and researchers for transportation costs for roundtrip travel from campus to the preserve that are engaged in approved/sanctioned activities at the preserve under the following conditions:
2. Both vehicles are unavailable during spring quarter as indicated by the JR vehicle reservation calendar;
3. Alternative vehicle use (such as their own personal vehicle) is unavailable;
4. Costs are from use of a Zipcar from campus or an equivalent, less expensive option;
5. The student or researcher is responsible for acquiring access to Zipcars and submitting a receipt for the expense;
6. Submit the receipt by email or hard copy to the JR admin for reimbursement.
7. They must access the preserve using their access card either at the main gate or Escobar gate to
confirm arrival to the preserve.