Friends of Madrona Marsh

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

When You Come to Visit

Tracy Drake, Manager of Madrona Marsh

What can you do at Madrona Marsh?

What to do, wear and bring.

When visiting the Preserve, please check-in at the Nature Center first and pick-up a self-guided trail brochure that also describes the different habitats.

Please wear appropriate clothing for the season and current weather conditions or for any unexpected skin allergies. 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.

There are no poisonous plants on the Preserve.

Please do not feed the animals and...

Watch and enjoy, but please do NOT attempt to feed the ducks, birds or other animals on the Preserve since 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 the additional prohibition of food, 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!

Note: Some docent-led tours and bird walks occur either before or after these hours of public access


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