California's state park system is the largest and most diverse natural and cultural heritage holdings in the nation. Yet the century-and-a-half-old system has been in perpetual crisis mode for several decades, battered about by funding shortfalls and repeated threats of closures.

Caring for the Land That Cares For Us


Today, Midpen’s expertise extends beyond acquiring land for the public and into the complex work of restoring and sustaining it. It funds studies of local species—from burrowing owls to the marbled murrelet—and awards grants to improve accessibility, interpretation, and education.

Corral Hollow, in Tesla

Tesla Park: Saved at Last


After 20 years, the state decides not to allow the expansion of an off-road vehicle park in the East Bay hills.