January 19, 2021. We will not be offering the regular 20-week BIO / EARTHSYS 105 course. The course is cancelled for winter quarter and we still have high hopes that things will change again (favorably, we hope) in the Spring. We will seek to offer Bio/ESyS 105 in-person with the 10-week jam-packed format we had thought to do this time. Please keep checking this website for updates.
Nov 25, 2020. For the year 2021, due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and following all of the health and safety protocols set by Stanford University, we will only be able to accomodate enrolled Stanford students in the BIO / EARTHSYS 105 course. * For the year 2021, there will be two independent BIO / EARTHSYS 105 courses, one in winter quarter (frosh and sophomores) and one in spring quarter (juniors and senios). Each 10-week quarter will accept 10 students to participate in outdoor-only and in-person sessions at Jasper Ridge.
Nov 2, 2020. Thank you for your interest in the course. Due to the COVID-19 situation, we are still uncertain whether we will be able to accommodate non-Stanford participants in 105, or whether the course will be virtual, in-person, or a hybrid. We will post information about applying once the format of the course has been determined.
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 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.
* For the year 2021, there will be two independent BIO / EARTHSYS 105 courses, one in winter quarter and one in spring quarter. Each quarter will accept 10 students to participate in outdoor-only in-person sessions at Jasper Ridge.
Please read the class application and syllabus documents before applying for 2021 Spring Quarter for BIO / EARTHSYS 105:
Application deadline for enrolled students (Undergraduate for Juniors and Seniors, Graduate) for 2021 Spring Quarter: TBA
For more information about BIO / EARTHSYS for 2021 contact:
Jorge Ramos, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Environmental Education
Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
Office: (650) 529-1329
Jorge Ramos, Ph.D.