top of page
image0 (3)_edited.jpg

Staff & Volunteers


Richard Tejeda 2020 EOY photo.png

Richard David Tejeda
Founder & Executive Director

Richard Tejeda is a naturalist with over a decade of experience working with diverse populations in environmental education. As an adult, Richard realized that when in nature, his state of consciousness was at peace. Rather than focus on the trauma of the past, or concerns of the future, he was able to stay focused on the here and now.


He holds degrees from West Valley College in Park Management and from San Jose State in Environmental Studies with a minor in sustainable water resources. He is up to date on Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core and has worked for California State Parks, Open Space Authority, Santa Clara County Parks, Valley Water, and the Monterey Bay Salmon & Trout Project and is now the founder and executive director of Saved By Nature, an organization that helps all members of the community find peace in nature.


Richard is the first documented person in Santa Clara County to be rehabilitated by nature and is recipient of the 2020 Environmentalist of the Year Award from Santa Clara County League of Conservation Voters, and the Bay Nature Magazine 2022 Community Hero Award. Today, you can find him leading guided hikes in parks and preserves for Saved By Nature throughout the South Bay and beyond.


Cindy Medina

Bio coming soon.

Cindy Medina
Alicia Aceves
Sarah Luna
Jean Lusk
Phillip Wong
Jose Jaime Esquivel Patricio
Ann Gras
Camille Smith-Ballon
Carra Sunseri
Oliver Valerio
Sarah Miller
Abel Cuilty
Hayde Gonzalez Lorenzo
Dawn Theirl
Jessica Gachet
Jameela Jafri
Simon Read
Dee Farias
Gloria Carmona
Kathleen Sullivan
Jacquie Borges
Jennifer Garcia Vega
Pina Tupper
Rachael Tupper-Eoff
Philip Hill
Michelle Le
Liz Catabelle
Anahita Kiavand
Adam Bagnall
Perla Bautista-Muench
Peggy Cabrera
Pamela Campos
Gloria Carmona
Elena de la Puerta
Gloria Estavillo
Jessica Gachet
Jordan Herd
Christopher K
Carlos Marquez
Sue Palladino
Chloe Richter
Brenda Riveros
Denise Smith
Sister Stephanie Hughes 
Leslie Stobbe
Dawn Theirl
Angel Valdez
Al Valerio

bottom of page