The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has been honored by multiple local elected officials for our work to provide a safe outdoor outlet for the community during the pandemic.

"These awards are a testament of the continued dedication and commitment of our agency and staff,” Midpen General Manager Ana Maria Ruiz said. “We will continue to do all that we can to keep our preserves open safely for the community to enjoy and find much needed respite in nature."

Exemplary Service to the District 5 Community during the COVID-19 PandemicOn December 14, 2020, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District received a medal from Supervisor Joe Simitian from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors for exemplary service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Midpen was honored for its efforts to keep our public open space preserves safely open to the public during the shelter-at-home orders. State and county health orders deemed outdoor recreation and time spent in nature an essential service. Learn more about health benefits of nature.



2021 Community Champion AwardAt a virtual town hall meeting on April 29, 2021, California State Sen. Josh Becker honored the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District as a “Senate District 13 Community Champion” for our efforts to support the community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Midpen preserves continue to remain open safely to offer outdoor recreation opportunities for the community. Midpen also encourages residents to explore nature close home and developed a growing list of “nature at home” resources for people to learn about nature through virtual tours, family-friendly nature activities and environmental education resources.

Find out more about virtual nature resources