We are Stewards of the Emerald Necklace Greenway


Help us CREATE, PLANT AND PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT

Volunteer!

JOIN US  for  greening events, planting native plants and sustainable landscape in our community!  Events are Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Hope to see you there!      
    

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*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.

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Give feedback on the San Gabriel Valley Greenway 

The San Gabriel Valley Greenway Network Strategic Implementation Plan will transform our watershed into an interconnected network of 130 miles of bike paths, trails, and greenspaces for everyone in the San Gabriel Valley. Fill out this quick form to help us gather valuable input for this amazing project!

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

If you are a supporter of protecting America’s wild lands please sign this petition to protect our local public lands!

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Our Mission

Amigos de los Rios is working to create the Emerald Necklace: a natural infrastructure network of green spaces, green schools, parks, and trails throughout under-served communities in the Los Angeles Basin. We are on a mission to connect our mountains to the sea, offer equitable access to nature, and protect our environment and 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. Unfortunately, due to changing government priorities during the 1930s, 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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Our Story

Our Impact

“For 18 years we have been focused on connecting urban residents in our most under-served areas to nature.  
We are particularly concerned with creating green infrastructure in schools in an effort to improve the mental health, physical wellbeing, and academic performance of our students.”

Below are a sample of our greening projects 

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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.   

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

Thank you to all those that took part in #CallToEarth Day and to all our volunteers for participating in our weekly greening events!

You helped make history on the first-ever Call to Earth Day.  At a time when our planet is facing unprecedented environmental challenges, the change you catalyzed is cause for hope.

We can’t thank you enough for participating and setting an example for the world. You made this day bigger and more impactful than we could have hoped for.

On November 10, 2021, we saw incredible individuals and groups taking amazing action. From Serbia to Southeast Asia, the Americas to Zambia, thousands of people, from hundreds of schools and organizations, in every region of the world, took positive action on behalf of the planet.

Check out CNN’s “The Environmentalists of Tomorrow”

Thank you so much for caring about the planet as much as we do — let’s make Call to Earth Day 2022 even bigger!

Sincerely, 
The #CallToEarth Day Team

CNN INTERVIEW with CLAIRE ROBINSON AT SANTA FE MIDDLE SCHOOL – WATER MURAL

Our partners in creating a greener world!

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CA Dept. of Water Resources
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Los Angeles Conservation Corps
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