OF THE YEAR
SAVED BY NATURE FOUNDER, RICHARD TEJEDA, NAMED 2020 ENVIRONMENTALIST OF THE YEAR
Inspired by nature, Richard changed his destiny.
Today his journey paves the way for all people to experience nature.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 01, 2020
Saved By Nature
SAN JOSÉ, CA. – Saved By Nature founder and Executive Director, Richard Tejeda, has been named Environmentalist of the Year by the Santa Clara County League of Conservation Voters.
Richard is receiving this accolade for providing virtual nature experiences during COVID and interactive programs designed to serve underrepresented groups such as the Boys & Girls Club, seniors, at-promise-youth, and those living with disability.
He is known for his fascinating in-person and virtual nature walks that connect residents to the Bay Area outdoors. This award is testament to Richard’s dedication, vision and tenacity in his endeavor to create Saved By Nature, a nonprofit with environmental and social justice goals.
Richard began his inclusive work in 2010 while working for other environmental organizations. In 2018, wanting to broaden the demographic of those who seek nature experiences, specifically people of color, he founded Saved By Nature in Santa Clara County. It ultimately is for everyone.
“When I was growing up, we didn’t have much and there were others with even less. One thing I remember is my neighbors were Caucasian, Samoan, African American, Vietnamese, Hispanic and more. That’s one of the reasons why I created Saved By Nature for everyone. I have seen with my own eyes that poverty doesn’t always discriminate.”
Richard Tejeda was honored at the Santa Clara County League of Conservation Voters Award Ceremony on Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 at 5:30pm.
To make a donation and for more information about Saved By Nature visit www.savedbynature.org.
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About Saved By Nature
The Mission of SBN is to expose, teach, and enlighten people of all backgrounds and abilities through environmental education and working collaboratively with partners to ensure mental, physical, and spiritual healing. We strive to welcome the community, organically, to the natural wonders & recreational opportunities of the outdoors.