In 1975, Jasper Ridge began developing community education programs that would enhance educational opportunities for both the university and the community. In 1977, Stanford students were incorporated into the docent program and a formal, rigorous class was established, now Biology 105A/B Earth Systems 105 A/B. During academic year 2018/19, the JRBP education program included more than 100 active affiliates/docents comprised of a mix of Stanford students and local community. JRBP docents provide field -based education and are trained to "teach on the trail" with meaningful curricula to serve a very broad age range. Class description and enrollment information here
JR affilates also have opportunities to work with researchers and some projects at the preserve are carried out entirely by volunteers with staff oversight. For many years, members of the JRBP community have conducted regular bird surveys and produced invaluable bird lists and data bases. Volunteer efforts are also responsible for the outstanding teaching collection in JRBP's Oakmead Herbarium, insect collection, bird census, ant survey, K-12 outreach and more.
Biology / Earth Systems 105 and the Jasper Ridge community illustrate the committment of both instructors and students alike to provide opportunities for inquiry-based education in ecology and provide a bridge between education (both formal and informal) and the volunteer base of the preserve.
Important 2021 dates to apply for 2022 BIO / EARTHSYS:
09/3/2021. Applications are posted.
10/15/2021. Deadline for community members.
11/1/2021. Deadline for Stanford students.
Mid-November 2021. Participants accepted notified.
12/15/2021. Cohort confirmed.
Important 2022 Winter and Spring quarter dates:
01/06/2022. First day of classes winter quarter.
03/14-18/2022. Finals week winter quarter.
03/21-25/2022. Spring break.
03/31/2022. First of classes spring quarter.
05/25/2022. Last day of BIO/ESYS 105 classes.
06/3-8/2022. Finals week spring quarter.
Please read the class information in the application packet before submitting your application.
Class information and application for community members (deadline 10/15/2021):
Class information and application for Stanford students (deadline 11/1/2021):
2022 Syllabus (coming soon):
For more information about BIO / EARTHSYS for 2022 contact:
Jorge Ramos, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Environmental Education
Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
Office: (650) 529-1329
Jorge Ramos, Ph.D.