Friends of Madrona Marsh

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A successful partnership of life, community, and the City of Torrance.

Volunteer Opportunities

You have skills and we would be delighted to have you share them at the Preserve and Nature Center. We are really searching for a few Friends who would share a few hours of their time. Here are some activities to choose from.

Gift Shop

Spend 3-4 hours once or twice a month in the gift shop. The shop is generally open Tuesday-Sunday and during special events at the Nature Center.

Call 310-782-3989 and leave a message for Bobbie.


Docents lead the tours for preschoolers through high school students. Training is held during the summer and fall. There are about 4-5 two hour training sessions and encouragement is offered all year long. Docent tours are offered September through May, Tuesday-Thursday, from 10:00-12:00. 
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Call 310-782-3989 and leave a message for Sarah.


We need some Friends who would staff a table at various local events in the South Bay. This is usually a half day commitment to smile, hand out flyers and talk about the Nature Center and Preserve. Occasionally the event host will provide lunch and you always meet interesting people.

Call 310-782-3989 and leave a message for Suzan.


We publish three newsletters a year and would like to include your short story about your experiences at the Nature Center and Preserve. Articles need only be a paragraph or two. We appreciate correct spelling and punctuation and are hoping for articles of interest to our readers. Your name is necessary as we won’t publish anonymous articles.

Call 310-782-3989 and leave a message for Bill.


Assist Preserve staff with clerical tasks including typing, data entry, preparing monthly calendars, duplicating, etc. under the direction of Nature Center staff. 
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Email the Director.


Work at the front reception desk at the Madrona Marsh Nature Center; greet new visitors and answer basic questions. Answer the telephone and provide general assistance to the Nature Center Manager and staff.  
» Position Description

Email the Director.

Animal Care

Assist in the daily cleaning of exhibits, preparing diets, feeding animals, observing animals, record keeping, providing enrichment and are responsible for keeping all animal areas clean and disinfected. Occasionally public speaking and animal handling is required. Must be comfortable around turtles, tortoise, snakes and amphibians. Must be at least 18 years of age.
» Position Description

Email the Director.

Habitat Restoration

Saturdays, 8:45 a.m. - Noon (rain cancels)

Would you like to help create and learn about different habitats? Help us remove non-native plants, replace them with locally grown native plants, and pick up trash left at the Preserve. Soon, the work you will have done will attract many birds, butterflies and other insects.

Open to all ages; participants 14 years and under must be accompanied by an an adult and all participants 18 and under must have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. Participants must arrive on time and wear close-toed shoes. Snacks and drinks provided at 10:30 a.m.

To apply to be a Habitat Restoration volunteer, please download and complete: Volunteer Application for Restoration

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