Public ToursJasper Ridge offers docent-led tours from October through May (Thursday-Sunday).
Jasper Ridge is a Stanford University field station whose mission is research and education about natural systems. All tours are docent-led and hence, require at least 7 days advance scheduling. All participants must remain on designated trails.
Jasper Ridge is about a 20-minute car ride from the main Stanford University campus. There is no public transportation from the campus to Jasper Ridge. It is a strenuous bike ride (mostly uphill) from the Stanford campus and usually takes about 45 minutes.
Due to limited parking, we ask groups to carpool whenever possible.
A tour is typically 2 to 2.5 hours (can be shorter if requested). Tours are designed to introduce the public to the natural history of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the research at the preserve. Hikes can be strenuous, so please indicate ahead of time if there are physical limitations in your group. Food is not allowed on the trails.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with answers to the following questions to help book your tour:
The lead docent will call several days before your tour to exchange cell numbers, discuss your particular points of interest, and in case of inclement weather "go/no go" scenarios.
Thank you for your interest in Jasper Ridge.
To request an academic or class tour, please contact:
Alternative Parks and Open SpacesStanford Campus nature walk
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Nearby Huddart Park, operated by the San Mateo County Parks and Recreation Division (http://www.eparks.net), is a great place for picnics and retreats and has many of the same vegetation communities as Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve.
Edgewood Park, also operated by the SMC Parks and Recreation Division, provides wildflower walks and bird walks led by members of the Friends of Edgewood Park (http://www.friendsofedgewood.org). Reservations are not required for groups of less than 10 people for these walks.
Events at Jasper RidgeIf your organization is interested in using the facilities of Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve as a venue for an event or retreat, please review our Events Protocol.