The purpose of the Friends of the San Gabriels is to support and enhance the San Gabriel Mountain range as a recreational, environmental, and historic resource through volunteer efforts in fund raising, promotion, educational programming and maintenance.
Each project planned for short-term completion will take place in the framework of a wider strategy to promote awareness of the importance of protected areas and their potential for ecotourism. Currently planned short-range goals include creating informational material specific to the San Gabriel Mountains. This includes information on the ecosystems, biological diversity, available infrastructure, waste disposal, security guidelines, and activities that can be carried out in the area (hiking, camping, photography, astronomical, observation, and group activities).
Longer term goals include establishing the Big Santa Anita Environmental Education Center that will be a year-round functioning forest education center specific to Big Santa Anita Canyon. Courses and seminars will be conducted out of the center.