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Amigos de los Rios

The funds we raise help us work with our communities to protect and restore open spaces by designing quality public environments (parks and trails) that revitalize city neighborhoods within economically challenged communities in Southern California.

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  • Emerald Necklace

    Amigos de los Rios is working to create The Emerald Necklace Regional Park Network encompassing the San Gabriel Forest to the Pacific Ocean and out to the Catalina Islands.

    Read why it is so important.

  • Volunteer Calendar

    Next Volunteer Event - January 10, 2015 - Durfee-Thompson Elementary - 12233 Star St., El Monte, CA 91731 Our parks need some loving care - weeding, mulching and cleaning. We supply the gloves, tools, water and snacks. Come out and enjoy nature while helping your community!

  • Park Projects

    Take a tour of the parks located in the Emerald Necklace.

    See how Amigos de los Rios and our community partners are working to transform the landscape of the Emerald Necklace by creating beautiful state of the art parks.

Amigos in the News

We would like to THANK First 5 LA for their Tot Parks and Trails project which is creating sustainable changes in Los Angeles by providing increased opportunities for families with young children to connect with nature and be physically active.

“We have such a brief opportunity to pass on to our children our love for this Earth, and to tell our stories. These are the moments when the world is made whole. In my children's memories, the adventures we've had together in nature will always exist.” ― Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit

  • 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 […]

  • Amigos de los Rios Volunteer Stewardship Holiday Survey

    Please take 2 minutes to complete this survey. This will help Amigos de los Rios continue to bring beautiful parks to the San Gabriel Valley and ensure that you can be a part of that! Let’s plant more trees!    

  • 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 […]