Ballona Institute

Rating: 4.75 stars   4 reviews

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Location: 322 Culver Blvd., # 317 Playa del Rey CA 90293 USA

Mission: To advocate for the preservation of the Greater Ballona Wetlands Ecosystem, to provide quality nature-themed education to schools and to the general public about the Los Angeles coastal environment, to serve as a library for historical archives and scientific research about the natural resources of southern California, to organize community--engaged ecological restoration and to provide a space for artistic expression in the furtherance of the goals of preservation and restoration of nature.
Target demographics: nature, wetlands, coastal prairie, imperiled species
Direct beneficiaries per year: educate dozens of organizations and thousands of people about the threats to the Ballona Wetlands ecosystem
Geographic areas served: Los Angeles Coast, Southern California, and the Pacific Flyway region
Programs: environmental education, historical research, community-engaged restoration, advocacy for nature protection

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Please, where is my long heartfelt pro- Ballona Werland review?
30 minutes of sweating it out on a tiny iPod Touch. It seems this program did not like my password & stage name (?)(term). Can you retrieve it?

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Ballona Wetlands ... is a sterling organization with dedicated leaders!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none now

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

The Ballona Institute is dedicated to preserving the wetlands to sustain native habitat for butterflies, birds, animals and insects. Marcia and Roy, co-directors of the Ballona Institute are amazing and dedicated individuals who give back to the community by conducting free nature tours and organizing school groups to participate and learn about ecosystems. "THUMB'S UP!" Check out Ballonainstitute.org

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing restored habitat attracting native and rare species.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try for more publicity - they are AmAZiNg!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing natural habitats restored and native species thriving because of the efforts of the Ballona Institute.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

AmAZinG!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

restore fragile habitats and involve school children in learning about saving ecosystems.

Ways to make it better...

everyone in the city were involved!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

publicity needed to highlight and promote the great work being accomplished.

One thing I'd also say is that...

"THUMB'S UP" for ballonainstitue.org

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Volunteering for the Ballona Institute has been a rewarding experience. I've learned so much about the local eco system, and about plants. I have enjoyed listening to Marcia and Roy talk to kids & young adults about being responsible to our planet. The kids and young adults also seem to like getting involved and having hands on experience by planting the native grasses and shrubs. The Knowledge that Roy Van de Hoek passes on to everyone that volunteers is priceless!!! The Ballona institutes free and nature tours are very enjoyable for all ages.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have personally experienced the results of this organization in June 2010, May 2010

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I am an educator who made it a priority to work with my students in a half-acre nature center at school. As part of environmental science, students learned organic gardening and also participated with the Ballona Institute in various activities designed to restore wetlands. I was one of the group leaders of the activities, which included a nature walk, building a nature trail, restoring a sand dune, picking up litter brought by storm drains to the estuary, and nature art in the park. I worked with the Ballona Institute to encourage the City of Los Angeles to trade a vacant city property to a developer in exchange for a parcel called Egret Park which he wanted to develop. Such a development would adversely affect wetland wildlife. The Ballona Institute provides nature walks with a biologist several times each month, in addition to sponsoring community restoration projects and mentoring local high school students in wetland restoration.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the results of the Ballona Institute in my classroom with my students. They have studied La Ballona in environmental science and the Tongva tribe in Social Studies. My students learned to love and protect nature.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I had to make changes to the Ballona Institute, I would figure out a way that it would be adequately compensated monetarily as a non-profit for all the work it does for the environment and the community.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with the Ballona Institute is the expertise of the staff.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The biologist is an excellent tour leader, knowledgeable about plants, birds, animals and the history of La Ballona.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could buy instrumental pieces of property in danger of being developed.

Ways to make it better...

My experience with the Ballona Institute could not have been better. They are constantly going above and beyond for FREE!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization is another organization sponsored by developers who wants to bulldoze the wetland area.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Ballona Institute works tirelessly to educate the community and students in the best ways to work with nature for wildlife preservation and restoration.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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