Starting this summer the Nature Center and Preserve will benefit from a state grant from Proposition 84, a 2006 Bond Act for Safe Drinking Water, Flood Control and River and Coastal Protection. This funding was delayed by the Great Recession, but will now be used for new exhibits and a mural in the Nature Center, as well as a wall with one-way glass to allow viewing of wildlife in the Native Plant Garden. There will also be a new viewing area near the sump on the Preserve.
It’s going to be a little messy for a while, but like any remodel it will end, and the results will be worth the wait.
We will be open during construction, so please visit and watch our transformation.
The 8,000-square-foot Madrona Marsh Nature Center is located across from the marsh at 3201 Plaza del Amo in Torrance, California.
After thirty years, the community's dream came to fruition on Saturday, April 28, 2001 when the Center opened. The project planning for the marsh began in 1984 and the ground breaking ceremony was in November 1999. The architecture firm Bryant Palmer Soto designed the Nature Center.
The $1.8 million project, including $200,000 for exhibits, was a joint venture of the Friends of the Madrona Marsh and the City of Torrance, using funds from Proposition A, which passed in 1996, and the Los Angeles County Safe Neighborhood Parks Acts of 1992. An additional $95,000 from the Parks and Recreation Department budget paid for the cost of furniture, supplies and equipment.
At the Nature Center, you can discover more about the Madrona Marsh and other wetlands, and abou thte animals, plants, insects, and ecology of the marsh. The facility is an educational and interpretive center for the Madrona Marsh Preserve's natural resources and places the Preserve within its regional context. The Nature Center is a place where the wonders of nature can be explored and enjoyed by all ages within the community. The Nature Center houses several live animal exhibits including snakes, turtles, toads, crickets, mice, and tortoises. Special educational programs as well as docent-led classes, laboratories, books and other aids to understand this unique habitat are provided.
The center includes a reception area, exhibit hall, classroom, project lab, curation lab, restrooms, gift shop, staff offices, administrative area, volunteer room, and storage rooms. The Center is handicap-accessible and has a large parking area.