As one of the last remaining vernal marshes in Southern California, its unique environment is situated right in the middle of an expansive urban area. It is an experience worth checking out if you enjoy the outdoors. The land where the marsh sits was originally designated for oil production back in the early 1920's, but was never developed like the surrounding areas. Now, the land provides a valuable natural habitat for birds, reptiles, insects, small mammals, and native plants.
Along with the opportunity to set off and explore the marsh on your own, the Madrona Marsh Preserve has a full calendar of great activities like bird watching, nature walks, natural history classes and workshops, habitat restoration, science programs, and art exhibits. The Nature Center, which opened in 2001, is described as a kid’s paradise by several Yelp reviewers. There are many exhibits and programs for the kids to enjoy and learn more about the plants, birds and animals that call the marsh home, such as getting to touch real furs or interact with live turtles and other critters.
“My first time this past Saturday and I loved it!” said one Yelp review. “I couldn't have imagined a place like this just down the street from where I live.”
For photos, videos and updates, check out the Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center Facebook page.
The City of Torrance operates the Madrona Marsh Preserve & Nature Center in cooperation with the Friends of Madrona Marsh. A non-profit organization founded in 1972, the Friends of Madrona Marsh is dedicated to preserving the marsh and leads all of the promotional and educational programs, membership activities and volunteer projects.
Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center
3201 Plaza del Amo
Torrance, CA 90503
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday