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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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Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

Marcia Hanscom and Roy Van de Hoek have a great NPO and do an outstanding service to educate and organize the public. Marcia performs well in hearings stating a great argument to forward the protection of ecology that should be our number one objective. Roy has many merits including being one of the outstanding field biologists I have met in my lifetime. They are totally involved in ecology and protection of the Ballona Wetlands. High integrity and a history of performance on the Pacific Coast of California. 5 Stars. Ben Hamilton, local coastal ecology advocate and professional scientist.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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?

campdonnagiles@yahoo.com 805-252-1440

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

3 LeSign


Rating: 5

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



Rating: 4

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.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.