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Jasper Ridge hosts a vibrant and diverse education program that includes classes from Stanford as well as other colleges and universities, local high schools and middle schools, teacher workshops, citizen science, public tours, continuing education events and more. All of this adds up to a tremendous amount of teaching and learning in our exceptional 1,193 acre classroom!

This is made possible by our tireless docent community, our Stanford students (freshmen to graduate students), our K-12 partners including  the Redwood Environmental Academy of Leadership (REAL) and Menlo-Atherton Ecology Research Outdoors (MERO) as well as faculty, staff, and researchers. The synergistic effect of these collaborations is extensive and leads to inspiring ripples—REAL students take their JR knowledge to teach creek ecology to 6th graders at a local middle school, Stanford JRBP/SEEDS students leading the public in the annual BioBlitz and docents leading continuing education field trips.

Formal and informal education at Jasper Ridge

Bio44y students collecting ata

Stanford University Classes

  • Anthro 3 Introduction to Prehistoric Archaeology 
  • AP79N - Energy choices for the 21st Century 
  • ARTSTUDI 153N Freshman Seminar, Ecology of Materials 
  • ARTSTUDI 184  Art and . Environmental Engagement
  • Bio29N Freshman Seminar
  • Bio/ESys 30 Ecology for Everyone
  • Bio 46 Introduction to Research in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Bio 47 Introduction to Research in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Bio 105 A/B Ecology and Natural History of Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
  • Bio 115 The Hidden Kingdom Evolution, Ecology and Diversity of Fungi
  • CEE 17SC Energy 
  • CEE 165C/265C Water Resources Management 
  • CEE 166D/266D Dams Reservoirs and their Sustainability 
  • EESS 155 Science of Soils
  • Educ 267 E/F   The Development of Scientific Reasoning and Knowledge
  • Educ 332 Theory and Practice of Environmental Education 
  • ESys 10  Introduction to Earth Systems 
  • ESys 24 Quick Capture and Questions
  • Freshman Seminar  Climate Change
  • Micro and Immuno 70Q and CSP SCI 06 Photographing Nature 
  • Physics 79  Energy Choices for the 21st Century
  • Stanford Arts: Studio 2 Arts Intensive 
  • Stanford Sophomore College Viruses in the News 
  • Stanford Summer High School College Academy


UC Berkeley Earth Sciences Teacher Professional Development

Other Colleges or Universities 

  • Cal State University East Bay
  • De Anza College
  • Foothill College
  • Mission College
  • San Jose City College 
  • San Jose State University
  • Santa Clara University
  • West Valley College


Teacher Institute for Science and Sustainabiltiy, California Academy of Sciecnes


Teaching Teachers at Jasper Ridge

  • Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP)
  • Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS)
  • The Theory and Practice of Environmental Education (Stanford)


Rodolfo Dirzo with girls from Cesar Chavez school

K-12 Groups

  • Acterra Interns
  • Adelante School
  • Bellarmine College Preparatory School
  • Castilleja School
  • Cesar Chavez Academy and Center for Latin American Studies
  • Gunn High School
  • Hidden Villa
  • Menlo School
  • Menlo Atherton High School 
  • Menlo-Atherton Ecology Research Outdoors (MERO)
  • Nueva School
  • Redwood Environmental Academy of Leadership (REAL)
  • Revealing Individual Strengths for Excellence (RISE)
  • Sequoia High School
  • South San Francisco Unified School District
  • STEAM for Latina Girls
  • Urban School of San Francisco
  • Woodside High School 

Informal education

  •  Continuing education classes at the preserve
  •  Monthly seminar series
  •  Stanford affiliated tours
  •  Public tours
  •  Citizen/Community science programs

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