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Open House Information

Welcome to the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve Open House Information Portal  

WHAT IS JASPER RIDGE BIOLOGICAL PRESERVE?  The 1193-acre preserve is Stanford University’s premier terrestrial outdoor laboratory for research and teaching and an important parcel in the network of Bay Area nature conservation lands. It was established as a biological preserve in 1973 and is a part of UNESCO’s Golden Gate Biosphere and the Santa Cruz Mountains Stewardship Network. It is recognized internationally not only for the ecological, geological, and other kinds of research and teaching that have gone on there for more than a century, but also as a gem of nature hidden in the midst of Silicon Valley. Read more here
WHEN IS THE OPEN HOUSE?  May 12, 2018, 10 am to 3 pm
HOW DO WE GET THERE?  Park at 2882 Sand Hill Road, ride shuttle bus to the preserve. We encourage taking public transport to the parking site as the lot may fill up. The event is free, but a ticket which can be obtained at EVENTBRITE - JRBP OPEN HOUSE TICKET is required. Bicyclists can come directly to the preserve at 4001 Sand Hill Road, Woodside, where limited bike parking will be available.
Jasper Ridge welcomes people with disabilities. ADA parking will be available at 2882 Sand Hill Road and shuttle buses are equipped for ADA access. If you have any questions or another disability-related need contact us through this link: ADA Request, or call Siri Huntoon, Office Administrator at Jasper Ridge at (650) 851-6813, or e-mail Dorian Golan
WHAT HAPPENS AT THE OPEN HOUSE?  Visitors of all ages will have the chance to interact with Stanford researchers and educators conducting work at Jasper Ridge, to take self-guided walks, and to visit exhibits that highlight both current and past research that has made the preserve world-renowned. This is a rare opportunity to learn about the preserve and what goes on there—the last open house was more than 10 years ago.
WHO CAN ATTEND?  Everyone is welcome at this family-friendly event. 
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?  Re-fillable water bottle, close-toed shoes, long pants, a hat to protect against the sun, sun-screen, your family.
WHAT SHOULD I NOT TO BRING?  In keeping with our conservation ethic, please avoid disposable water bottles. Water will be available to fill your water bottle at the preserve.  Pets are not allowed.  Smoking is prohibited throughout the preserve, including outdoors.
HOW ABOUT FOOD?  Food trucks will be on-site if you want to purchase food. You can also bring a bag lunch or snacks for eating at the picnic tables outside Sun Field Station. (Picnicking elsewhere on the preserve is not allowed.) 
SAFETY INFORMATION:  Please see the detailed listing of safety information pertinent to visiting the preserve here:
PROGRAM OF ACTIVITIES:  There will be self-guided walks around Searsville Reservoir and to San Francisquito Creek, exhibits about activities at the preserve that include informal discussions with researchers, art activities, poetry and literature reading, an outdoor dance performance, hands-on learning activities for kids, and special guest speakers who will relate the history of Searsville and highlight geological points of interest.