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Junior Naturalist Camp - CANCELLED

WHO: Children in Grades 3-5
WHEN: April 4-8, 2022 / 9:00-3:00
WHERE: Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve in Torrance

Our week will rotate around group and individual activities that focus on different themes in nature such as sun energy, birds, insects, reptiles, plants and photography.

Each child will receive a journal for recording observations, and will complete a project of their own choosing related to nature at the Madrona Marsh. Children will spend 10-20 minutes a day individually observing and journaling. Students will have the opportunity to partner with the preschool Friday Fun Class to practice being a naturalist. Each activity will help students grasp what it means to be a naturalist while practicing the necessary skills to become one.

The program provides two instructors daily; a California Naturalist/Credentialed teacher, and guest leaders.

A light lunch is included: prepackaged sandwich, fruit, chips and cookies. Water will always be available.


Program cost is $170.00 Please make your check out to Friends of Madrona Marsh. To register, call the Nature Center at (310) 782-3989 Tuesday-Saturday.

>> Program Expectations and Registration Receipt

Camp size is limited to 15 children.

All particpants will follow the City of Torrance Covid protection policies.

Junior Naturalist Camp at Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve

Student supplies: Small backpack, sunscreen, closed toed shoes, reusable water container, hat with a brim, colored pencils/marker pens and an interest in learning about the natural world. The Nature Center staff and/or volunteers are not responsible for supplies/ equipment a student brings. We recommend phones and electronic equipment be left at home unless they are part of the program.


Parents drop off students in time for class. Pick up students by 3:00pm.


Respect each student through courtesy. Provides instruction which include the California Earth and Life Science Standards for 4th and 5th grades and naturalist principles, provides clear directions and offers encouragement. Provides daily supervision from 9:00-3:00 for the week.


Terminations may result from students’ poor and or dangerous behavior, parents’ failure to pick up student on time. Student and parent receive a warnings prior to termination. There is no refund for terminations.


Our daily schedule is flexible depending on what is happening on the Preserve and the children's interests.

Monday: Basics of an Ecosystem
Tuesday: Nature Photography

Guest: Lance Hill, photographer and Social Media Director for Friends of Madrona Marsh

Wednesday: Birds of the Preserve

Guest: South Bay Wildlife Raptors

Guest: Tracy Drake, Director Torrance Parks Services

Thursday: Insects

Guest: Cindy Reid, Friday Fun Instructor and Docent

Friday: Project Presentations

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