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June 6th – Trail Restoration in San Gabriels for National Trails Day

Re-post of June 4th Press Release from June 6: Trail Restoration in San Gabriels for National Trails Day On Saturday, June 6 – National Trails Day – the Community Hiking Club will lead a group of volunteers in restoring the Dagger Flat Trail, an impassible trail four miles into the Santa Clarita side of…
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KCET – Tending to the School Gardens of Tomorrow: Arroyo High’s Knight Garden

This is a great article about Arroyo High School students building connections with nature and healthy foods! AMIGOS is so happy that we could help the Knights Garden Club get their garden growing! Re-post of KCETLink Youth Voices article by Go Green AHS – May 28, 2015 When we first started the KCETLink Youth Voices program…
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D.C. doctor’s Rx: A stroll in the park instead of a trip to the pharmacy

Re-post of May 28, 2015 – Washington Post Health and Science article by By Frances Stead Seller Robert Zarr is walking from his Columbia Heights medical practice toward Meridian Hill Park, talking about what’s going on inside his head. If you could see his brain on an MRI, he says, far more extensive regions would be…
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Local Communities Rally to Save Trees

ACTrees – March 1, 2015 Washington, DC – A number of communities across the U.S. are focused on preserving local trees in residential areas, parks, and along roadways as they confront development or other land improvements. Here are two examples of communities in Houston and Vancouver that have had success. Plus, an ACTrees resource to…
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Every Kid in a Park Announcement

Press Release from White House Council on Environmental Quality Executive Office of the President Dear Friends and Colleagues, Today, the President launched an initiative called Every Kid in a Park to make sure America’s youth have the chance to explore the extraordinary outdoor resources and historic treasures that are a part of our nation. In…
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Monument status for San Gabriels, but much work to do

This article is a reminder that though the San Gabriel Mountains have been designated a National Monument our efforts to protect our beloved San Gabriel Mountains is far from over. There is much more to do to ensure the community’s vision for protecting wild places within the monument, safeguarding important areas outside the proclamation boundary…
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The Next John Muir Is Chasing Butterflies in the Heart of L.A. The Conservationists of the 21st Century Will Be City Kids

Republishing post – from Zocalo – By Glen M. MacDonald |December 24, 2014.     The pioneering environmentalist John Muir was no great fan of cities. In 1868, he hightailed it out of San Francisco as fast as he could for the Sierra Nevada. He later referred to Los Angeles as “that handsome conceited little town”…
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Diversifying Green Spaces with Amigos de los Rios

By Connie K Ho – SoCal Departures Looking at The Wellness Center Park and Fitness Trail in Boyle Heights, it’s hard to believe that it once was an empty fire lane with cement and dead trees littering the area. Located towards the front of The Wellness Center, a facility that offers fitness and health…
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Is there a link between Greenspace and Health?

Re-Posted from Treebune News, Cambridge, MA (December 24, 2015) — Mounting evidence connects human health and urban green spaces, but uncertainty remains about the characteristics of those links and, more practically, how cities can be designed to take advantage of them.      

Fitness Trail Ribbon Cutting

Celebration of the Fitness Trail at the Wellness Center

January 24, 2015 – Historic LAC+USC Hospital Campus – Last Saturday was a big day for Amigos de los Rios!  We celebrated the completion of Phase 1 – Fitness Trail at the Wellness Center with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony.  The visitors were provided health materials, instruction on the use of the equipment and information on the…
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