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Friday Habitat Restoration

  • Meet us in the dirt parking lot behind Gordon's Market / Alka Water: 303 Culver Boulevard Playa del Rey, CA, 90293 United States (map)
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Ballona’s native plants need a helping hand... yours!

Roll up your sleeves to help the Friends restore the last coastal wetland in Los Angeles. Get hands-on experience while learning about urban ecology. The time and effort you put in to clear out invasive vegetation gives our slow-growing native plants room to thrive. Healthy plant life is vital for a healthy ecosystem!

RSVPs: No RSVP is necessary for individual volunteers and small groups. Large groups of 8 or more, please register by emailing volunteer@ballonafriends.org or calling our office at 310-306-5994

Ages: Activities are recommended for ages 7 and up. Youths 16 and under should be accompanied by an adult.

What to wear: Close-toed shoes are required! We recommend dressing in weather-appropriate layers that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty, along with a hat. Long pants are also recommended to protect against occasional prickly plants.

What to bring: Bring a full water bottle to stay hydrated. There are no water fountains on site. We will provide all other tools and supplies.

Arrive on time: The ecological reserve gates are locked during all Saltwater Marsh events and late arrivals will find themselves locked out.

Cancellations: For safety, we must cancel if it’s raining. Please check the weather before arriving. If you’re not sure, please call us or check our social media for cancellation announcements.

Donations: The suggested donation is $5 per person. By donating online or at our events, you can keep helping with restoration even after you leave! Free tours and restoration events are made possible by the efforts and donations of kindhearted people just like you.

Thank you for volunteering with us.
We literally couldn’t do it without you!

For more ways to get involved, head over to our Volunteer page.

Earlier Event: December 1
Freshwater Marsh Tour
Later Event: December 8
Salt Marsh & Dunes Tour