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This MeetUp is CLOSED-only those whose checks were received are included - sorry

  • Apr 19, 2014 · 9:30 AM
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SORRY but unless your check has been received and I have CONFIRMED that you are on the list, we will unfortunately not be able to include you. Apologies for the limited space!

I am going to e-mail the group some instructions sent by the JRBP docents- their rules and some advice on what to bring - or not bring! We can have a brown bag picnic after the walk at the center.

Jasper Ridge is a secret, 1200-acre wilderness surrounded by Silicon Valley sprawl. Accessible only by private tour, it is a vast outdoor laboratory on Stanford University's immense campus.

Searsville Lake is a major feature of the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve and plays a role in all aspects of the Preserve's mission, including research, conservation, and education

Tours are best in the spring! when carpets of wildflowers cover the rare serpentine soils but the place is fascinating year round.

Limit 20 max. - this is a sensitive area. We will carpool.. Cost $5. Wear comfy walking shoes, bring a hat, water. After the tour, we plan to picnic under the trees at the research center, so bring a picnic lunch! Cameras OK. 

RSVP to Gita mandatory for this tour!
RSVP at [masked],
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Cost $5.00 for Sierra Club members,  $15 for non-members.

You will be on a waiting list till the check is received because of such limited space.

Among the sights:
- A big reservoir kept in place by a 100-year-old dam that looks like a lost Mayan temple, and nearly covers the lost town of Searsville.
- Redwood forests, ancient qnarly oaks,- Lots of snakes, cottontails, bobcats, foxes, deer, coyote and the occasional mountain lion.
- An array of rare and endangered species, including several that have found their way into seminal biological research, most notably the Bay Checkerspot Butterfly, which is featured in Dr. Paul Ehrlich's work in conservation ecology.

Don't come:
- Expecting to be able to run around or hike on your own: this is a wondrous laboratory, not a park.

Do:
- Ask lots of questions of your docent. They're volunteering their time and do this because they love the place and want to share it and the excitement with others.
- Smell and taste everything that's offered to you

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  • Jim H.

    Thanks Gita for organizing this Jasper Ridge tour. I've wanted to see Sears Lake and environs for a long time.

    April 19, 2014

  • Chris F.

    Confirming that I will have the van ready before 9:30 to take up to 7 (besides myself, driver). Look forward to meeting everyone and a great event!

    April 17, 2014

  • Sue

    Hi Gita,

    I had a +1 when I got on the waitlist. Can I bring him still?

    April 14, 2014

  • Rex in San C.

    So the tour will last a couple hours?

    April 11, 2014

    • gita d.

      Hi Rex,

      April 12, 2014

    • gita d.

      The tour itself is from 10-- noon and this is not a "hike". It is more of a ramble while the docent explains what Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve is about, as a research facility. We will cover between 1 and 2 miles.

      1 · April 12, 2014

  • Beki T.

    I was just there last weekend. It's fantastic but there are lots of ticks. Next time I'll wear repellant.

    April 10, 2014

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