Our Mission

The mission of Amigos de los Ríos (Amigos) is to create sustainable open spaces, strengthen community life, and preserve the environment in underserved areas of Southern California. Working closely with community members, we strategically partner to design, to build, and to restore parks and open spaces for recreation and education, with a focus on the urban rivers and their tributaries.

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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.

  • Volunteer Calendar

    JOIN US and HELP YOUR COMMUNITY green the gray this Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Mullhall Elementary/Jeff Seymour Center, 10900 Mullhall Street, El Monte, CA 91731 from 9:00am to 12:00 noon. Next Saturday, February 20, 2016 at Peck Water Conservation Park, 5401 N. Peck Road, Arcadia, CA 91006. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! See you there!

  • 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

  • Did you know Pollinators worldwide are in decline?

    Monarch Butterfly

    Re-posts from the National Wildlife Federation Pollinators worldwide are in decline. Habitat loss, invasive species, parasites, and pesticides are largely to blame. But you can help! Pollinators are animals that move from plant to plant while searching for protein-rich pollen or high-energy nectar to eat. As they go, they are dusted by pollen and move it to […]

  • Transform your garden with natives!

          We must continue to be water wise! Spring is coming, transform your garden with native and “California Friendly” plants. They are every bit as beautiful, but not nearly as thirsty. Visit a local nursery to be inspired, ask an expert, and select plants that you love. Go to the blog page and […]

  • We all Need Parks!!

    Healthy, Safe Communities have Thriving Parks! Amigos de los Rios is very excited about the opportunity to participate in the Los Angeles County park assessment Study! Parks provide countless health, social, environmental and economic benefits to communities. Communities with abundant parks and quality recreational facilities thrive. The County of Los Angeles is studying park and […]