Hours of Operation:
The Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center are open to the public on Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, excluding holidays. (Note: some docent-led tours and bird walks occur either before or after these hours of public access.)
Visitors may park at the Nature Center, which is located at 3201 Plaza del Amo. The north (and only) entrance to the preserve is directly across the street from the Nature Center.
The Nature Center includes a large Exhibition Hall with authentic diorama displays of many of the birds and animals of the Preserve, a large meeting room/classroom, a laboratory equipped with microscopes, a curation lab and a Gift Shop operated by the Friends of Madrona Marsh. All profits from the Gift Shop are used to support educational programs and restoration of the Preserve.
Most activities on the Preserve originate at the Nature Center, or in its parking lot. For more information on a specific event, call the front desk: (310) 782-3989.
When You Visit the Marsh:
When visiting the Preserve, please wear appropriate clothing for the season and current weather conditions. Be aware that a morning or afternoon breeze can drop the temperature several degrees, so it might be a good idea to carry a jacket or sweater. The primary paths of the Preserve are hard-packed sandy soil, and most are wheelchair-accessible, except right after a heavy rain. For our more adventurous visitors we recommend sturdy, closed-toed shoes for off-trail walking. We suggest also using sunscreen and carrying a container of water for longer outings. You may greatly enhance your marsh experience by bringing binoculars. Binoculars may also be borrowed at the Nature Center front desk. Note that there are no poisonous plants on the Preserve.
Watch and enjoy, but please do NOT attempt to feed the ducks, birds or other animals on the Preserve. They are wild animals and this is their natural habitat. Please do not bring domestic pets such as dogs onto the Preserve either, which may disturb or attack the native animals. Note at the entrance the additional prohibition of bicycles, skateboards, scooters and jogging on the Preserve. You get the idea -- enjoy but don't disturb the animals. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Observe It. Study It. Enjoy It! Participate in our Restoration Programs and Be Part of the Solution!
The webmaster can be contacted at:
Friends of Madrona Marsh
P.O. Box 5078
Torrance, CA, 90510
The Madrona Marsh Preserve
3201 Plaza del Amo
Torrance, CA, 90503