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211 Culver Blvd, Playa del Rey, California, United States 90293


Prior to extensive housing and commercial development in the 20th Century, the Ballona Wetlands encompassed more than 2,000 acres. In 1978, Ruth Lansford gathered other concerned citizens to join her in protecting what remained of the wetlands. That year, Lansford created and secured nonprofit status for Friends of Ballona Wetlands, and thereafter, the nascent organization pursued protracted litigation against a series of developers. In 2003, the State of California, the developer of Playa Vista, and the Friends reached an agreement to preserve approximately 600 acres of the Wetlands.

The Friends’ history of advocacy through activism, working with other NGOs, and creating community restoration and educational programs established the organization as a leading voice in preserving the Ballona Wetlands.

Covid Protocols:

Masks are required indoors

Chaperone Presence:

Adult needed for transportation

What will I be doing?

Roll up your sleeves and join us at an existing community restoration or creek cleanup event or work with us to plan your own event and/or support us through fundraising. Your hands-on participation helps revive this rare coastal habitat and keep our coastal waters safe and clean.

YOU can help Bring Back Ballona!

Coordinator Name:

Neysa Frechette

Contact Information
Phone: 818.470.3593