Visiting the Preserve
Tour season ends May 31st. No tours are offered during the summer.
Jasper Ridge offers docent-led tours from October through May (Friday, Saturday, Sunday).
Jasper Ridge is a Stanford University field station whose mission is research and education about natural systems, and in that context we can accommodate a limited number of tours of guests who would like learn about what we do. All tours are docent-led and must be requested through our Contact Us web form. While we make every effort to respond as quickly as possible, due to the high volume of requests it can be a week or more from the time you submit your request until you receive a reply from us. Therefore requests should be submitted at least two weeks before the date you would like a tour. 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.
Touring Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
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.
Contact Us to schedule a tour. NOTE: Due to the high volume of requests it can take a week or more for us to respond. Requests are answered in the order they are received.
Please provide the following information to help us book your tour:
- Cell #: for use the day of the tour, if necessary.
- Date and time you wish to take a tour?
- Number of people in your group? Minimum 3-5 people. Please note each docent led group is limited to 8 people, with larger groups generally requiring additional docents. Each docent takes a different route.
- Please note children under 14 are not allowed. Requests to bring younger children must be brought to the Executive Director for approval prior to the tour. There must be special, mitigating circumstances for approval. Children under 14 are not allowed to cross the Searsville Dam. No pets are allowed on the preserve.
- Will your group have special requests or mobility issues?
When your tour is booked a confirmation email with a small map of the area will be sent to the group organizer that can be distributed to tour group members.
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.
Academic or class tours
For academic or class tour, please contact:
Alternative Parks and Open Spaces
Stanford Campus nature walk
A self-guiding podcast tour of plants, animals, and science art on the Stanford Campus. Click here to start.
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.