MidPeninsula Regional Open Space District

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) is a California special district, a form of local government created by a community to meet a specific need.  The District was founded in 1972 to preserve the regional greenbelt in northwestern Santa Clara County. The voters expanded the District in 1976 to include southern San Mateo County and again in 1992, to add a small portion of Santa Cruz County. In 2004, through the Coastside Protection Program, the District’s boundary was extended to the Pacific Ocean in San Mateo County.

Today the District has preserved a regional greenbelt of over 63,000 acres of public land and manages 26 Open Space Preserves. Docents volunteering in its diverse ecological preserves go through a rigorous training process before beginning independent volunteer work. Each year, over 600 volunteers contribute over 20,000 hours preserving and protecting open space lands by participating in a variety of ways such as educating and inspiring visitors, constructing and maintaining trails, and removing invasive, non-native vegetation.  

The California Naturalist certification at MROSD serves to strengthen the level of training of its docents as a supplement to its londstanding docent training curriculum. MROSD docents interested in the California Naturalist course must submit and application and complete an interview before being accepted into the course.

The next course will be offered in 2020.

For more information, contact Renee Fitzsimmons, rfitzsimons@openspace.org