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Beginner Birding & Creek Cleanup

  • Meet us in the dirt parking lot behind Gordon's Market / Alka Water: 303 Culver Boulevard Playa del Rey, CA, 90293 United States (map)

Ballona Creek needs a helping hand... yours!

Roll up your sleeves to help the Friends clean up the last coastal wetland in Los Angeles. Did you know that 130 square miles of storm drains flow into Ballona Creek? Gutter trash from as far away as North Hollywood can end up right here! The time and effort you put in to clear out debris means less trash in the wetlands, on our beaches, and in the open ocean.

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

Birding: Space is limited! Please email or call to reserve your spot. Birding starts at 9am and is optional. We are happy to provide binoculars for all our birders.

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.

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 cleanup even after you leave! Free tours and community service 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: June 9
Salt Marsh & Dunes Tour