A walk through the Ballona Discovery Park reveals different palettes of native plants. These riparian plants, trees and coastal sage scrub tell the visitor a story about this ecosystem. Local elementary school, Playa Vista, has adopted the Pollinator Garden at the entrance of the Park. The Pollinator Garden showcases plants from the Southwest that attract birds and beneficial insects and teaches the students about the symbiotic nature of flora and fauna in this setting. The Park also houses a medicinal plant garden dedicated to a Western-trained Physician who used Chumash ways of treating his patients with native medicinal plants.