The Madrona Marsh Preserve, located in Torrance, is one of the last vestiges of the extensive marshland that once covered the southern California coastal plain. This urban oasis provides valuable habitat in the midst of the city for birds, insects, spiders, frogs, reptiles, and small mammals. Water accumulates during the winter and spring rains, sustaining the marsh and providing a resting spot for migrating birds. The Preserve is an educational and recreational resource for the City. Volunteers host nature walks, docent tours, bird watching and more.
Directly across the street from the Preserve is a Nature Center where the wonders of nature can be explored and enjoyed by all ages. The Center offers many educational programs & workshops and houses laboratories, books and other aids to understanding this unique habitat.
The Friends of Madrona Marsh is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, education and aesthetics of the Madrona Marsh Preserve. Because most of the Marsh is manned by volunteers, the hours & events are subject to change. Please call (310) 782-3989 before heading over to verify the status.
Madrona Marsh & Nature Center is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm, excluding holidays.
Madrona Marsh Preserve
3201 Plaza del Amo
Torrance, CA 90505
|Gift Shop Hours:|
|Mondays & Tuesdays||CLOSED|
|Wednesdays||11 a.m. – 3 p.m.|
|Thursdays||12:45 p.m. – 3 p.m.|
|Fridays||11 a.m. – 1 p.m.|
|Saturdays (1st, 4th & 5th of the month)||10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.|
|Saturdays (2nd & 3rd of the month)||2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.|
|Sundays (1st & 4th of the month)||10 a.m. – 2 p.m.|
|Sundays (2nd & 3rd of the month)||11 a.m. – 3 p.m.|
Schedule of Ongoing Programs:
|Tuesdays (1st, 3rd & 5th)||8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.||Tour de’ Torrance|
Looking at Birds of the South Bay (free)
|Wednesdays (2nd of the month)||8 a.m. – 10 a.m.||The Birds of Madrona|
A Walk with Bob Shanman (free)
|Thursdays (1st of the month)||10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.||Tyke Hike – Ages 3 months – 6 years|
($5 donation requested)
|Saturdays||8:45 a.m. – Noon||Habitat Restoration (free)|
|Saturdays (4th of the month)||10 a.m. – Noon||Nature Hike – Explore the Preserve with a trained docent;|
all ages welcome (free)
|Sundays (4th of the month)||10 a.m. – Noon||Nature Hike – Explore the Preserve with a trained docent;|
all ages welcome (free)
For more nature hikes and events, check out our South Bay Calendar.