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ABOUT

Founded in 2018 in San José, California, by environmentalist Richard Tejeda. We became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization August 22, 2019.

We address the following challenges as an environmental and social justice nonprofit organization:

  • A need for at-promise-youth to have an opportunity to experience and enjoy the benefits of nature

  • A need for multifaceted nature programs that provide alternatives to incarceration and expand mental health options for the residents of Santa Clara County

  • A need for people of color to visit and work in our parks, preserves and forests

  • A need to increase allyship by people who do not identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC)

  • A need for multilingual materials and culturally relevant programming

  • A need for support for senior citizens to stay active and healthy

  • A need for access to nature for those living with disabilities

Saved By Nature addresses these lack of services within our parks and open spaces by providing a variety of unique programs, not only for underserved communities, but for everyone. Providing a cohesive system of support for Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, Alameda, Monterey, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, Solano, and Sonoma counties. Ensuring they have high quality, multilingual and multicultural outdoor nature experiences. 

Our aspirations are to hire naturalists and program leads that represent our community and to share best practices with other organizations.