February 2020
a large group of children and adults stands, some with upraised arms, around a large pile of uprooted plants
Volunteers celebrate after removing a mountain of French broom at Bear Creek. Photo: Grassroots Ecology.
Partner Spotlight: Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and Grassroots Ecology

Since 2015, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Midpen) and Grassroots Ecology have partnered to provide stewardship and volunteer engagement to expand public awareness, involvement and support of natural resource management activities at Midpen’s 26 open space preserves.  

Their four-year cooperative agreement will allow Grassroots Ecology to continue existing restoration efforts through service-learning events at the Hawthorns area of Windy Hill and Russian Ridge preserves, and to expand similar efforts at other Midpen preserves in Santa Clara County using grant funding from Valley Water. At these sites, staff and volunteers are managing infestations of yellow starthistle( Centaurea solstitialis) and French broom( Genista monspessulana). Midpen staff, with input from Grassroots Ecology, has identified a third new restoration site at Bear Creek Redwoods Preserve, where they will be clearing out French broom( Genista monspessulana), teasel ( Dipsacus fullonum), and Harding grass ( Phalaris aquatica), as well as collecting native plant seeds. They are also investigating a possible project location for a native pollinator demonstration garden at Rancho San Antonio Preserve. 

Volunteer with Midpen or Grassroots to help with restoration efforts, as a part of the outdoor education team, and more! There are many volunteer opportunities, including youth engagement and corporate team-building.  
Free 2020 volunteer training sessions - this month!
Click on a date to register:

Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation
Great Blue Heron Hall
900 Sanford Rd, Santa Rosa

Skyline Wilderness Park
2201 Imola Ave, Napa

Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, Foothill Annex
22500 Cristo Rey Drive, Cupertino

TBD - Mount Diablo Training
an adult and several children in warm coats use tools to pull up plants
Photo: Grassroots Ecology
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A young boy strains to lift a large plant onto a pile of other plants while groups of people in the background pull up more plants
Photo: Grassroots Ecology.
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