Helping Plants, Animals & People Thrive

by preserving a connected greenbelt of more than 65,000 acres throughout the greater Santa Cruz Mountains region.

Midpen has a braided mission to acquire and preserve a regional greenbelt of open space land in perpetuity, to protect and restore the natural environment, and to provide opportunities for ecologically sensitive public enjoyment and education. On the San Mateo County Coastside, our mission expands to include acquiring and preserving agricultural land of regional significance, to preserve rural character, and to encourage viable agricultural use of land resources.

Welcome to Midpen

Whether this is your first time or 50th, here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your visit.
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Bobcat / photo by David Henry
Bobcat (David Henry)

Room to Breathe

When you visit a Midpen preserve, you immediately may notice the differences from other city or county parks that you have visited. There is scenic beauty to absorb and wild landscapes to explore. Parking areas are generally small and amenities typically few and rustic. While visiting, it is important to remember that these public open space lands are being actively managed to protect natural resources, restore native habitats, encourage biodiversity and increase the region's resilience to climate change. By providing opportunities for ecologically sensitive public enjoyment and education, Midpen preserves offer people room to breathe and connections with nature, while giving plants and animals a chance to thrive.

Midpen Milestones

1972
Voters Create Midpen
770,000+
Residents Served
65,000+
Acres Protected
26
Open Space Preserves
245+
Miles of Trails

What We Do

Each fiscal year, Midpen creates a Capital Improvement and Action Plan that drives our work and determines priority projects, Most projects span multiple years and many involve public-private partnerships.

Here's a look at just a few of our current projects.

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