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First Saturday Open Wetlands

  • Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve (map)

Ballona Wetlands

Take a break and enjoy some cool ocean breezes at our monthly Open Wetlands. We will be at Ballona from 9 am to noon the first Saturday of every month, and hope to see you there. This is a drop in event, so please come down anytime that morning.

Open Wetlands is at the Ballona Ecological Reserve, located in Playa del Rey. The entrance to the reserve is in the parking lot behind AlkaWater/Gordon’s Market, in the 300 block of Culver, 90293. Enter through the gate in the northeast corner of the lot. For more information please contact Cindy Hardin at or (310) 301-0050.

The first Saturday of every month (EXCEPT AUGUST), from 9 a.m. to noon, Los Angeles Audubon Society hosts the “Open Wetlands” event at the Ballona Salt Marsh. Binoculars will be available to borrow, and volunteers will help visitors view aquatic invertebrates through microscopes, learn about the unique ecosystems found at Ballona, and view birds through powerful spotting scopes along Ballona Creek. The buckwheat is in bloom and lots of butterflies to see. Please drop-in!

Enter through the gate located in the northeast corner of the parking lot behind Alkawater/Gordon’s Market, in the 300 block of Culver Blvd. in Playa del Rey.

No baby strollers please.

Please contact Cindy Hardin at or call (310) 301-0050 if you have any questions.

Print and bring your own copy of "Field List of the Birds of Los Angeles County (mainland and off shore waters)"

SEE ALSO: "A Wet, Wet, Wetland", Article from the Western Tanager, March-April 2017

Earlier Event: November 18
San Jacinto Wildlife Area and Lakeview Area
Later Event: December 9
Newport Back Bay