Richard Tejeda. (Illustration by Gwen Huerta)
Bay Nature Magazine - 2022 Community Hero
This award celebrates an individual whose grassroots activities have had a transformative impact on their community—which can be defined broadly or narrowly—and the natural world of the Bay Area.
Founder, Executive Director, Saved By Nature
Richard founded Saved By Nature in 2018 to acquaint underserved South Bay communities with the healing power of nature experiences—and to share his own story of how fishing, and time in nature, helped him overcome a South San José childhood marred by gang violence. His nonprofit offers both in-person and virtual nature hikes to youth of color, boys and girls clubs, seniors, and people living with disabilities.
A cum laude graduate of San José State University with a BA in Environmental Studies, Richard has a decade of experience developing natural and cultural educational programs for parks organizations like the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, where he created and delivered hands-on field trips for special needs and K-12 students. Through his years of fishing South Bay creeks, he also became a champion advocate for steelhead, rainbow trout and Chinook salmon.
Santa Clara County League of Conservation Voters
2020 Environmentalist of the Year
Every year, SCCLCV honors the leaders and organizations who are making a positive difference in Santa Clara County during our annual fundraiser and awards event!
This year we are proud to recognize our awardees:
San Jose Councilmember Sergio Jimenez, Legislator of the Year
Amah Mutsun Land Trust, Environmental Organization of the Year
Jean Dresden, Lifetime Achievement Award
Richard Tejeda, Environmentalist of the Year