Playa del Rey-based Ballona Institute is sponsoring “The Big Plant-In” at the Grand Canal on the Marina Peninsula beginning Sunday, October 18th.

The restoration project is the final segment of Phase I of a project that has been planned to beautify the area and “heal” a part of the historic Ballona Wetlands, which has long been ignored, according to the Ballona Institute.

“We kicked off this project on Coastal Cleanup Day, preparing the area with a final removal of invasive weeds and clearing the area of major debris and trash,” explained Ballona Institute restoration logistics coordinator Ted Giwoff.

Sponsored by Ballona Institute, the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl and SunBrook Partners, the plant-in aims to put in 10,000 native plants along the Grand Canal. The project’s goal is to restore and enhance the lagoon ecosystem, providing additional habitat for butterflies, birds, fish, crabs—and many other creatures that live in and around the lagoon.

“Now we have a huge job to do, and it will be one of the more fulfilling jobs available, as we work to support new life at the wetlands,” Giwoff said.

The plant-in project will continue on subsequent Sundays and Mondays until it is completed.

Volunteers are needed for the plant-in. Individuals, groups and students are all welcome to participate in this ecological restoration project.

For additional information, call (424) 227-9845, (310) 578-5888 or