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Visiting the Preserve

Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve will be closed to tours and casual visits until January 28.  This is to help slow the spread of the Omicron variant.  Outdoor classes may recommence January 18.  Research activities continue under the protocols that have been in place over the past few weeks. Thank you for your understanding.  

Docents and docent-led tour visitors must verify they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  See this link for what constitutes verification of vaccination.


  • IMPORTANT: You must fill out the on-line Health Attestation on the day of EVERY visit to Jasper Ridge. The only exception is if you do weekly COVID testing through Stanford University's Color testing program per instructions for Stanford faculty, staff, and students. If you are doing weekly Stanford testing as a Stanford faculty, staff, or student, you do not have to do the daily Health Attestation. 
  • All docent visits must be scheduled in advance using the JRBP Contact Us web form
  • For verifying your vaccination status: If you have a SUNET ID, upload a digital copy of your vaccination card to Stanford Health portal here.  If you do not have a SUNET ID, show any Jasper Ridge staff member a copy of your documentation at your earliest convenience.
  • Sign the Jasper Ridge waiver on your first visit of the year. Leave the waivers in the box provided just inside the main gate.
  • Docents should adhere to the JRBP COVID-prevention protocols for tours.

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Request tours at least two weeks in advance using the JRBP Contact Us web form.

All docents and visitors should adhere to the JRBP COVID-prevention protocols. Note that except for using the restrooms that have an entrance outside the building, Sun Field Station remains closed to those who do not have a valid Stanford id (e.g., a SUNET id). Maps, first aid kits, and other essential materials will be located near the entrance to the restrooms.  The picnic tables may be used.  Outdoors face coverings are not generally required for fully vaccinated individuals but may be required in certain situations at the discretion of staff or docents.  Indoors face coverings are required for all individuals (vaccinated or not) in classrooms and may be required elsewhere as instructed by staff.



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Public Tours

Jasper Ridge offers docent-led tours from October through May (Friday, Saturday, Sunday).

Please note that children under 14 are not allowed.

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 between 30-45 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 fill out this form:

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.

Huddart Park

Nearby Huddart Park, operated by the San Mateo County Parks and Recreation Division (, is a great place for picnics and retreats and has many of the same vegetation communities as Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve.

Edgewood Park

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 ( Reservations are not required for groups of less than 10 people for these walks.

Meeting Venues at Jasper Ridge

JRBP is primarily an outdoor classroom and laboratory, combining trailside teaching for visitors together with long-term monitoring, fundamental science, and ecosystem preservation and restoration. When there are openings in the education and research calendar, portions of the Leslie Shao-ming Sun Field Station may be available to Stanford groups for small workshops, meetings, or events related to our academic and conservation mission. If your Stanford-affiliated organization is interested in using the facilities of Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve as a venue for a meeting that would fit with our mission, please Contact Us. Due to staffing and scheduling constraints we can only accommodate a limited number of these requests and a fee is charged to cover our expenses.