Los Angeles River Adventure - Atlas Obscura

Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles River Adventure

Hop from Frogtown to Mallard Mound.

Join Field Agent Benjamin Harmon and Los Angeles River experts Lila Higgins and Kat Superfisky as we explore the hidden wonders of the Los Angeles River—from pocket parks and a secret love-lock bridge to Leo Limon’s graffiti river cats and a hidden heron mural.

Bound in concrete, it is easy to understand how many people disregard the Los Angeles River. Despite harsh judgments, the river is brimming with plant life and critters galore, not to mention fascinating history. 

During this tour, we'll learn about the river’s tumultuous past, talk about changes in the community, and explore issues facing the people and wildlife that call the river home. In a constantly evolving city like Los Angeles, what does the future hold for this misunderstood, fascinating body of water?


Hailing from the British countryside, Lila Higgins has found a home away from home at the Los Angeles River. A self-described nature nerd, bug geek, and citizen science advocate, Lila is dedicated to exploring, preserving, and sharing the natural wonders of Los Angeles. Lila is a Program Coordinator and Artist at Play the L.A. River and Citizen Science Manager and Science Communicator at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.


Kat Superfisky is a landscape designer, ecologist, and educator who devotes her days, nights, and dreams to transforming urban areas into more inhabitable places. After obtaining a Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Science in Conservation Ecology, and Teaching Certificate from the University of Michigan in 2013, Kat moved 2,300 miles across the country for the Los Angeles River. Kat sees Los Angeles—and its river—as the perfect laboratory to explore how to rebuild urban areas into more symbiotic cities. Kat is an Urban Ecologist at Studio-MLA and the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Grown in L.A., a nonprofit creating a network of native plant nurseries on underutilized land to grow plants for urban green infrastructure projects and provide Angelenos with educational and vocational training opportunities.


  • This event is family friendly, ages 10+.
  • This walk is approximately 2.5 miles round trip. Please wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes with firm gripping soles (we will be going down and back up river embankments). High heels, sandals, and flip flops are not allowed.
  • We strongly encourage you to bring drinking water and wearing sun protection.


Email Benjamin Harmon at benjamin.harmon@atlasobscura.com.

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