Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

 

Type: Local government agency funded by a share of the annual total property tax collected within the District boundaries

 

Location Focus: San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, and Santa Cruz County

 

About: The District’s purpose is to purchase, permanently protect, and restore lands forming a regional open space greenbelt, preserve unspoiled wilderness, wildlife habitat, watershed, viewshed, and fragile ecosystems, and provide opportunities for low-intensity recreation and environmental education.

 

The District has permanently preserved over 60,000 acres of mountainous, foothill, and bayland open space, creating 26 open space preserves (24 of which are open to the public). These lands offer a respite from everyday life, an oasis of nature and fresh air, and an opportunity to experience and learn about the diverse natural environment that contributes to our quality of life in the Bay Area.

 

Website: http://www.openspace.org/

 

Address: 330 Distel Circle, Los Altos, CA 94022

 

Phone Number: (650) 691-1200

 

Email: info@openspace.org

 

Programs: The District offers 220 miles of hiking trails, ranging from easy to challenging terrain. Many trails are open to bicycles and horses. Leashed dogs are also allowed on some preserves, including one off-leash area at Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve. Key programs include open space planning, resource management, and community education/outreach projects.

 

Volunteer Opportunities: Nature Center Host, Outdoor Activity Docent, Outdoor Education Leader, Preserve Partner, Trail Patrol Volunteer, http://www.openspace.org/volunteer/volunteer.asp

 

Calendar of Events

 

Outdoor Service Projects