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Salt Marsh & Dunes Tour

  • 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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Explore the wonder of nature in the middle of urban Los Angeles!

Our expert docents will lead you through the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve, where you’ll learn about its history and ecology. Enjoy all the special and unique native plants as you journey through different habitats. You might even meet some of the local wildlife.

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

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, 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.

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 help protect and restore the Ballona Wetlands. Free tours and events are made possible by the efforts and donations of kindhearted people just like you.

We hope you enjoy your visit to the
Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve!

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

Earlier Event: June 8
Freshwater Marsh Tour