A series of free van tours of the Ballona Wetlands is being offered “for seniors and those less mobile who want to enjoy and learn about the natural history of this region’s largest coastal wetland ecosystem,” says the Ballona Institute, which is organizing the tours with the support of the California Conservation Corps and the California Coastal Conservancy.

“For two years now, we’ve led bicycle nature rides through the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve, but we recognize there are those who might not be up to a two-hour bicycle ride, so we are offering an alternative,” said Robert “Roy” van de Hoek, biologist and co-director of Ballona Institute.

Van de Hoek will be leading the tours and providing information about birds, butterflies, plants, landscape and geography of this coastal marshland, which he says was created by the confluence of the Los Angeles River and several streams, including Centinela, Walnut and Ballona, and Santa Monica Bay.

Tour spaces are available:

– Saturday, June 16th — 3 to 5 p.m.;

– Sunday, June 17th — 9 to 11 a.m.;

– Saturday, June 23rd — 3 to 5 p.m.; and

– Sunday, June 24th — 3 to 5 p.m.

Reservations, (310) 821-9045.

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