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Celebrating 50 Years

Sierra Azul Preserve (Weiping Wang)
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Midpen 50th anniversary logo

From 50 to Forever

In 2022, Midpen will reach its 50th year of public open space preservation, protection, restoration, access and education. It is a remarkable milestone of community foresight and enduring shared values. Throughout the year, there will be ample opportunities to commemorate past accomplishments, get excited about future projects and acknowledge many of the people who help bring Midpen’s mission to fruition. You are graciously invited to join in the celebration! Events and other activities will be announced soon. To stay up to date with all of our 50th Anniversary Celebration engagements, please sign up for our newsletter below and follow us on social media @MidpenOpenSpace.

A Message From the General Manager

Fifty years ago, a small group of concerned citizens came together to share an environmentally healthy and sustainable vision for the future of our region – a vision that recognized the essential benefits natural and working lands can provide for people, as well as plants and animals. We may not have been talking about climate change and wildfire resiliency in quite the same way in 1972, but people clearly understood the need to protect clean air and clean water by preserving nature.

We are excited to gather together, celebrating and connecting at community events planned for the bayside, the Coastside and in between. We will even be online with contests and commentary to deepen your connection with nature from home.

Open Stories

In honor of our 50th Anniversary, and to help tell the story of 50 years of open space protection, restoration and enjoyment, we are delighted to bring you a series we’re calling Open Stories, a collection of conversations about the many ways to connect with nature and your public open space. Join us each week to meet someone new.

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Open Stories - Valentin Lopez

Read more open stories

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screenshot of Midpen timeline

San Francisco peninsula communities came together in 1972 to preserve the area’s iconic, cultural, working and scenic landscapes. With the passage of Measure R “Room to Breathe” Initiative, Santa Clara County voters founded the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. Fifty years later, Midpen regularly collaborates with a wide range of partners and local residents from throughout the greater Santa Cruz Mountain region to help plants, animals and people thrive. We accomplish this by protecting and intentionally managing a connected greenbelt of more than 65,000 acres, now and for generations to come.

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2022 Midpen wall calendar

Keep track of what’s happening in nature all year with Midpen’s 50th anniversary commemorative 2022 wall calendar — only $10 each with FREE shipping — available now at Midpen’s online store. 

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