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Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center

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snowy egretA visit to the Madrona Marsh Preserve is truly a unique experience. Come and explore one of the last remaining vernal marshes in Southern California. The Madrona Marsh Preserve & Nature Center are open Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. We are located at 3201 Plaza Del Amo, in Torrance. The entrance gate to the Preserve is directly across the street from the Nature Center, where there's plenty of parking available.

Madrona Marsh Preserve & Nature Center

3201 Plaza Del Amo

Torrance, CA 90503
(310) 782-3989

Preserve & Nature Center Hours:
Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., excluding holidays.

Gift Shop Hours:
Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (Also open by appointment)
Please call (310) 782-3989 to check if the Gift Shop is open.

What can you do at Madrona Marsh?

  • Take a walk! Either lead by a docent or self-guided.
  • Watch birds - over 275 native and 50 non-native species seen over the past forty years. Bring binoculars!
  • Draw, sketch, paint or photograph animals and plants of the Preserve.
  • Look at microscopic plant and animal life in the Nature Center.
  • Help us restore Preserve habitats by planting, weeding and removing debris or trash.
  • There is no charge for general admission; some special events, programs or workshop may have a fee or accept donations.


 Partnership: The City of Torrance and The Friends of Madrona Marsh

The Madrona Marsh is owned by the City of Torrance. It is kept in perpetuity as a wildlife preserve and in under the stewardship of the City's Park and Community Services Department. The City is the employer of any paid personnel that work at Madrona Marsh and Nature Preserve Center.

The Friends of Madrona Marsh is a non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to the preservation, education, and aesthetics of the Madrona Marsh Preserve. The organization are the stewards and advocates for the Preserve and works in coordination with the City of Torrance. They create program, are sponsors, and conduct activities that promote the understanding, enjoyment and preservation of the marsh. Members and volunteers also lead tours as docents and assist in Nature Center and Preserve projects The Friends of Madrona Marsh has been the backbone of the Madrona Marsh Preserve for more than forty years.

Friends of Madrona Marsh


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Photo Gallery - Birds
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