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MidPeninsula Regional Open Space District

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) is a California single-purpose district, a form of local government created by voter initiative and legislation. The District was established in 1972 to preserve a 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. In 2014, MROSD passed its first public bond measure providing funds to improve public access and manage natural resources.

The District’s Docent Naturalists, along with Nature Center Docents, and Outdoor Education Docents provide interpretive enrichment and educational engagement for thousands of visitors and students. Along with other MROSD volunteers (e.g. Trail Patrol, Preserve Partners, Advance Resource Stewards, Community Outreach) over 500 volunteers contribute nearly 20,000 hours annually preserving, protecting, and connecting open space lands.

The California Naturalist certification at MROSD serves to strengthen and deepen the level of training of its Docent Naturalists as a supplement to its longstanding foundational ecology and natural history training curriculum. Individuals interested in the MROSD Docent Naturalist volunteer service role and the combined California Naturalist course must submit an interest form to be considered for the course.

Submit your interest form here.

Due to concerns over Covid 19, this California Naturalist certification course has been postponed until further notice. We'll update all California Naturalist courses when new dates are determined. Postponed courses may already be partially-mostly full due to prior enrollment. Please contact the course coordinator at Renee Fitzsimons, Interpretation & Education Program Manager: rfitzsimons@openspace.org to be added to an interest list.

For more information, contact Renee Fitzsimons, Interpretation & Education Program Manager: rfitzsimons@openspace.org