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Braille Trail at Sante Fe Computer Magnet Middle School Watershed Discovery Campus

Amigos de Los Rios – Emerald Necklace Group collaborated with the Monrovia Unified School District, the Hearts for Sight Foundation and Tom Reilly, retired Parks Director for City of Santa Clarita, to develop a set of braille/tactile interpretive signage elements to highlight major school greening improvements that have been completed at the Santa Fe Computer…
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The Benefits of Schoolyard Greening

This year, Earth Economics partnered with Amigos de Los Rios to assess the social, environmental, and economic benefits of the Watershed Discovery Campus of Mary W. Jackson Elementary with generous support from the Ingrid Rasch Legacy Fund. Greening the school’s playground—adding trees, pervious surfaces, and a garden—provides nearly $400,000 in annual benefits and supports the…
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Photo credit: Bob Wick, Hoyt Mountain

Advocates Urge Antiquities Act Use to Expand San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

Photo credit: Bob Wick, Hoyt Mountain   Advocates Urge Antiquities Act Use to Expand San Gabriel Mountains National Monument LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – Environmental advocates are rallying for the expansion of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument by adding 109,000 acres through the use of the Antiquities Act. These lands, serving as the gateway to…
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Making the ‘Emerald Necklace’ Sparkle.

Edison International published a great story about our partnership. Thank you! “Making the ‘Emerald Necklace’ Sparkle” Edison International helps Amigos de los Rios’ network of green spaces and schools shine brightly during Hispanic Heritage Month. Click the link to view and share the story:

Heal the Bay Releases Annual Beach Report

June 29, 2021 Heal the Bay releases scientific reports and annual bacterial-pollution rankings for hundreds of beaches in California and dozens of freshwater recreation areas in Los Angeles County during 2020 – 2021.

California Landscape Stewardship Network interview with Claire Robinson

Sharon Farrell of Parks Conservancy interview with Claire Robinson

Tips for creating a Drought Tolerant Landscape

June 12, 2015 by Kristen Hicks   No matter how advanced our technology and understanding of the world becomes, we can’t control the weather. But unlike the many ancient civilizations wiped out by drought, we do have the means to make informed guesses about what’s coming and respond accordingly.1 In the southern and western…
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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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Sycamore Tree canopy

Proposed $50 mil. in auction rev. to CAL FIRE

This is great news for California’s urban forest! A significant portion of the 2014-2015 budget allocation to CalFire will be directed to support urban forestry projects in California that help meet the state’s goal of reducing greenhouse gases. This proposed funding demonstrates the recognition of urban forestry projects as an important part of California’s plan…
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City Parks a benefit to mental health?

Check out this blog post by zerveian (August 22, 2013) about the ability of city parks and green areas to help urban dwellers rejuvenate their busy minds. Maybe, it’s time to take a walk through a park of the Emerald Necklace and refresh your busy mind!