Friends of Madrona Marsh

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

Volunteer Opportunities

You have skills we value, and we would be delighted if you could share them at the Preserve and Nature Center. We are always searching for a few friends who would share a few hours of their time.

You can apply for any volunteer position by completing our online application. You can decide when you’re available and select up to three preferred positions in the application. If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments please email us at

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 Friday and Saturday, and during special events at the Nature Center.


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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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, talk about Madrona Marsh. Occasionally the event host supplies lunch, and you always meet interesting people.


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.


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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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. 
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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 needed. Must be comfortable around turtles, tortoises, snakes, and amphibians. Must be at least 18 years of age.
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Habitat Restoration

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. Please bring your own drinks and snacks.

The Habitat Restoration program is scheduled on an intermittent basis until further notice.

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