We are Stewards of the Emerald Necklace Greenway


Help us CREATE, PLANT AND PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT

Our Mission

To create an “Emerald Necklace” natural infrastructure network of green spaces (parks and trails) in underserved areas throughout the Los Angeles Basin, connecting the Mountains to the Sea and protecting urban communities from the threats of climate change.

Our mission is inspired by the 1929 Olmstead Bartholomew plan for an expansive greenway for Los Angeles, but sadly, due to changing government priorities during the 1930’s the plan was never realized. In 2003, in collaboration with community leadership we started creating parks and trails and a vision for a greener Los Angeles!

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Event Calendar

We are back! JOIN US this weekend for  multiple greening events, planting native plants and sustainable landscape in our community! Two events:         
SATURDAY, May 8th, 2021 at Santa Fe Middle School, 148 W. Duarte Road,  Monrovia, CA  91016 
from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and
SUNDAY, May 9th, 2021 at Plymouth Elementary School, 1300 Boley Street, Monrovia, CA 91016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
Looking forward to seeing you very soon!

*We will take every precaution to ensure that these events are COVID-safe. Social distancing will be enforced, masks will be required, and all activities will be outdoors. Participants are encouraged to bring their own water and gardening gloves. We will provide sanitized tools, and will bring extra gloves that participants can use and take home should they have need.

We Need Your Help

Support the Emerald Necklace Green space Why protecting the SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS is so important!

“If you are a supporter of the Emerald Necklace, please sign this petition for our public lands below!”

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“If you are an elected representative, official, NGO, or business owner, please help support our public lands by signing the petition below!”

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ABOUT US: the story of AMIGOS DE LOS RIOS

Natural Infrastructure Projects

Amigos De Los Rios – Emerald Necklace Group is a 501(c)(3) we have been creating natural infrastructure in Los Angeles since 2003.  We have outlined an Emerald Necklace Vision Plan and completed 35 urban forestry and nature park projects, and we are particularly concerned with greening schools to make sure that students’ mental health, physical health and academic performance are protected and optimized. Our Urban Greening and advocacy work is in direct response to climate change.

For 16 years we have been focused on connecting urban residents in our most under-served areas to nature.

Below are a sample of our greening projects 

volunteers contributing at Jeff Seymour Family Center under construction

ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST SIGNAGE PROJECT

Working to develop interpretive signage for the Angeles National Forest, the signage we create provides important information to forest visitors. 

WHITTIER NARROWS TREE RESTORATION PROJECT

Working to improve the urban forestry canopy at various locations along the Emerald Necklace Parks and greenways. 
      

LAC USC KECK WELLNESS CENTER

The Wellness Center will include fitness trails, jogging paths, exercise courts and age appropriate play equipment for visitors and staff to utilize.

PECK ROAD (WATER CONSERVATION) PARK

The 5-acre county facility is located within a redeveloped gravel quarry that opens onto 210 acres of recreation & habitat areas.   

Emerald Necklace TREE PLANTING and watershed restoration events improve the ENVIRONMENT and our COMMUNITIES.

Our Emerald Necklace Parks Stewardship events provide learning and service opportunities for students to earn community service hours, and community members, families, and youth groups to spend time together working toward a common goal of improving their community and overall environment!  You can make a difference!   JOIN US!

Amigos De Los Rios designs and builds the  Emerald Necklace park and greenway restoration projects with the following principles:

 

Respect for Cultural Diversity and Environment

“The Angeles National Forest is the ancestral and traditional homelands of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians (Serrano), Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians (Tataviam), Gabrieleno – San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians (Tongva), Gabrielino Kizh (Kizh), Tejon Indian Tribe (Kitanemuk, Yokuts, and Chumash), and Ventureño Chumash (Chumash). These Tribes have maintained and continue their connection and relationship with these lands to this day.”

Protection and Enhancement of Habitat

Community Based Design

Civic Culture – Beauty, Safety and Meaning of Public Spaces

Climate Change Response – Resilient Communities

Community Education

PARK PROJECTS

Your gift, in any amount, is urgently needed for us to grow our efforts!   Please help!

Our partners in creating a greener world!

Alliance for Water
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CA Dept. of Water Resources
TheConservationFund
Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program
Los Angeles Conservation Corps
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The Nature Conservancy
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Samsung Foundation
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Tree People
Union Bank of California
National Park Service
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