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Founded in 2018 in San José, California, by environmentalist Richard Tejeda, Saved By Nature is a direct response to several significant problems facing some of our communities.

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

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

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

  • A need for multilingual materials and culturally relevant programming

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

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

  • A need for naturopathy programs for reentering adults looking to heal in nature

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


Saved By Nature addresses this lack of services by providing a variety of unique programs, not only for underserved communities, but we’re also making our parks and open spaces more welcoming to 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 can provide programs in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese, representatives of our community and to share best practices with other organizations.