The Playa del Rey-based Ballona Institute and Westside Boost, the parents’ booster club at Westside Leadership Magnet School in Venice, have announced a partnership that will give the school’s students an opportunity to learn about restoration efforts in an “outdoor classroom” at the nearby Grand Canal Lagoon.
Science classes from the magnet school will visit an area on the edge of the Ballona Wetlands replete with migratory birds and marine life. The students can also view dozens of native plant species that attract numerous butterflies and other insects that are part of the salt marsh ecology.
“This is a wonderful chance for the students of Westside Leadership to learn about science, mathematics, language, social science, history, leadership and our environment through hands-on experience,” said Laura Alice, president of Westside Boost.
Robert “Roy” van de Hoek, biologist and co-director of the Ballona Institute, said his goal is to “leave no child inside” — a reference to a book by Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods. The book details how the technology-driven culture has caused minimal opportunities for outdoor learning.
Both the institute and the booster club are seeking individual and business donors to support their collaboration and partnership.
For additional information, Marcia Hanscom of the Ballona Institute at (310) 823-7040, or Alice at (310) 482-0422.