Category: Education

We are Stewards of the Emerald Necklace Green Way

Diversifying Green Spaces with Amigos de los Rios

By Connie K Ho – SoCal Departures -KCET.org 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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Partnering with KCET Departures

Amigos de los Rios has recently partnered with KCET Departures – Youth Voices. Youth Voices is a digital literacy and civic engagement program that invites youth on an exploration of their neighborhood, where they investigate the social, cultural, and political history and take a critical look at the issues facing their community. Students are encouraged…
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The Emerald Necklace Metropolitan Greenspace Planning in Los Angeles & Beyond

Re-post of article  published on November 9, 2014 on The Nature of Cities Introduction written by Mike Houck The following case study from Metropolitan Greenspace Alliance member Amigos de los Rios describes an almost century-long process of Los Angeles’ greening that should inspire other cities and metropolitan regions  toward a greener future. The struggles faced and…
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Do you take your water utility for granted?

We rely on water utilities to clean up and manage sewage and waste water, and safeguard the health of our lakes, rivers, and natural resources by keeping them free of toxic pollution. But that is not all our water utilities do.  Curious?   Check out this video! and learn more about the additional benefits you…
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A Vision for a Healthier Los Angeles Cty!

Check out the post to KCET SoCal Departures – “The Emerald Necklace a Vision for a Healthier Los Angeles County”  by Amigos de los Rios Fellow  Nikola Hlady – Over the past 10 years Amigos de los Rios has championed a vision of a healthier, more livable Los Angeles Basin — a vision that unites 4,000 square…
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Bring Back the Wild into the San Gabriel River

For most of its history the San Gabriel River ran wild, carving steep valleys in a mountain range and providing sustenance to native peoples and wildlife alike. Since the 1930s much of the lower San Gabriel River watershed has been tamed by concrete and made inaccessible to the public. Join us to hear Claire Robinson, Managing Director of Amigos de los…
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Daily News eEdition – Steve Veres: For kids’ sake, protect the San Gabriel Mountains

This Op-ed article appeared on the Daily News Los Angeles eEdition, May 15, 2013. The role of the outdoors in enhancing the lives of America’s youth is increasingly well-known. Numerous studies point to the benefits for health and academic focus; an entire movement of educators and social scientists is dedicated to reversing the “nature deficit”…
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