The Ballona Wetlands are one of the last remaining coastal wetlands in L.A. County. Once spanning over 2,000 acres, they have been reduced to 600 highly altered and degraded acres. Without intervention, the Ballona Wetlands will only continue to deteriorate.
Fortunately, Ballona Wetlands are now one step closer to a full ecosystem restoration, increased public access and enhanced recreational use. The Army Corps of Engineers and California Department of Fish and Wildlife just released an Environmental Impact Report/Statement (EIR/S), which outlines three options to restore these precious wetlands for all Angelenos.
To celebrate this big milestone on the journey to restore Ballona, we’re inviting you to explore Ballona! In partnership with The Bay Foundation and Friends of Ballona Wetlands, we are hosting five unique events this October that are all about YOU getting to know Ballona and the multi-benefits of wetlands.
Bike Ballona Creek
Take a casual bike ride along Ballona Creek with Heal the Bay! Along the way, you’ll learn about your local watershed and its connection to the Ballona Wetlands. (While getting a small workout in!)
Oct. 7 | 9am – 1pm
Tour Parcel A
Go for a walk through the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve with Heal the Bay and The Bay Foundation. You’ll explore native flora and fauna, see the effects of invasive species and learn about the potential future plans for the wetlands.
Oct. 14 | 9am – 12pm
Sunset Nature Hike
With Friends of the Ballona Wetlands, we’re taking a hike through L.A.’s last remaining wetlands. Explore this hidden gem as the sands turn golden under a cotton candy sky, and learn about the native wildlife that call Ballona home.
Oct. 20 | 5pm – 7pm
Bird Watching & Creek Cleanup
Join Heal the Bay and Friends of Ballona Wetlands for some easygoing bird watching. Sparrows, swallows, hawks and herons are just a few kinds of birds which live in Ballona. Afterwards partake in a creek cleanup while taking a tour of your local wetlands.
Oct. 21 | 9am – 11:30am
Help Heal the Bay and Friends of Ballona Wetlands restore the last coastal wetlands in L.A. County. Explore the wetlands in their full glory and see the native wildlife through this hands-on experience.
Oct. 28 | 9:30am – 12pm
- FAQ: why we need to restore the Ballona Wetlands
- See the principles of wetland restoration
- Last year, we BioBlitzed the Ballona Wetlands
- Download our ‘Explore Ballona’ flyer