Midpen district awards first community grants

The Los Altos-based Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District recently awarded its first community grants as part of a new program aimed at expanding partnerships.

“We are excited for this opportunity to build deeper connections and strengthen and diversify our community partnerships,” Midpen general manager Ana Maria Ruiz said.

A total of $250,000 in grants will help seven organizations fund projects that align with Midpen’s mission and take place in and around its public open-space preserves.

Among the recipients are:

• Environmental Volunteers, $25,000. The grant will fund installation of interpretive panels between Cooley Landing and Lucy Evans Nature Center.

• Groundswell Coastal Ecology, $49,025. The grant will provide students at Pescadero High School with environmental education.

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