Bay Nature’s 2022 Local Hero Awards –


Every 12 months, the Bay Area nature and conservation neighborhood comes collectively to have fun a handful of fantastic people—activists who, via their ardour for the pure world, are making a distinction for our valuable Bay Area setting.

We sit up for honoring these 4 unbelievable people throughout an in-particular person celebration within the Spring of 2022. More particulars in regards to the venue, occasion, and the way to purchase tickets will comply with within the upcoming months.

In anticipation of our return to in-particular person occasions, we’re actively searching for sponsors for 2022’s Local Hero Awards occasion. Visit the hyperlink right here for extra particulars. For any questions, please contact Taylor Crisologo (taylor at

Meet the Heroes

Community Hero

Richard Tejeda
Founder, Executive Director, Saved By Nature

Richard based Saved By Nature in 2018 to acquaint underserved South Bay communities with the therapeutic energy of nature experiences—and to share his personal story of how fishing, and time in nature, helped him overcome a South San José childhood marred by gang violence. His nonprofit affords each in-particular person and digital nature hikes to youth of colour, girls and boys golf equipment, seniors, and folks dwelling with disabilities.

A cum laude graduate of San José State University with a BA in Environmental Studies, Richard has a decade of expertise growing pure and cultural instructional applications for parks organizations just like the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, the place he created and delivered arms-on subject journeys for particular wants and Ok-12 college students. Through his years of fishing South Bay creeks, he additionally grew to become a champion advocate for steelhead, rainbow trout and Chinook salmon. 

Environmental Educator

Megan Isadore
Co-Founder, Executive Director, River Otter Ecology Project

Megan Isadore grew up loving the wild and studied English on the College of William and Mary. After 10 years of learning wildlife and watershed ecology and dealing with the Marin County nonprofit SPAWN, Megan co-based River Otter Ecology Project (ROEP) in 2012 to research the below-the-radar return of river otters to the Bay Area after their numbers had dwindled. ROEP has grown into a sturdy group that helps watershed conservation by researching and linking otter restoration to the well being of watersheds via training, analysis, and their neighborhood-based mostly otter sighting software, Otter Spotter.  Megan says it’s enjoyable to transmit her love for the earth via educating, which helps her perceive her topic extra totally and “find those all important linkages to … everything.” 

Young Leader

Solwazi Allah
Watershed Restoration Field Crew Manager, Urban Tilth

Born and raised in Oakland, Solwazi leads Richmond-based Urban Tilth’s efforts to revive usually-uncared for riparian habitat in West Contra Costa County whereas serving to younger individuals join with their native waterways. 

Since becoming a member of as an apprentice in 2019, Solwazi’s initiatives have helped hyperlink Urban Tilth’s creek-based mostly program to its city farms and gardens program, notably his 2021 watershed stewardship-centered curriculum for Urban Tilth’s Summer Youth Apprenticeship program. With a level in environmental research (aquatic ecosystems) from UC Santa Cruz, Solwazi is an avid fisherman in addition to a passionate Bay Area sports activities fan, foodie, and loving brother and son.

Conservation Action

Nonette Hanko
Founding Member, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Board Member 1972-2018

In 1970, Nonette Hanko helped spearhead a two-county initiative to kind the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District after which served on the board from 1972-2018, six phrases as president. During this era, Midpen protected greater than 63,000 acres in 26 preserves. Nonette additionally helped create sister organizations Peninsula Open Space Trust and Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority, which along with Midpen play a significant function in Bay Area land conservation. The undeveloped open areas surrounding lots of our communities, from the baylands to the foothills and forested mountains, exist largely due to Nonette and her fellow conservationists. You can discover the Nonette Hanko San Andreas Fault Trail on the Los Trancos Open Space Preserve.

In-Kind Sponsor:

Jane Kim/InkDwell