Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center
Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center, located in Los Angeles, CA, is a nature preserve offering visitors opportunities to observe and learn about local ecology.
Founded on April 28, 2001, Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center's primary is maintaining a viable ecosystem as well as providing educational experiences for those interested in experiencing it up-close. In addition to education sessions, the preserve also offers day camps, special programs for school children and teachers, and educational outreach programs for home-schooled children.
Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center is famous for its wildflowers, which can be observed virtually year-round; however, February through March and October through November bring the most intense flurries of blooms.
Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center History
Originally a former landfill, Madrona Marsh was transformed into a preserve and nature center after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors designated it as such in 1989 under terms of an ordinance that allowed for the acquisition of land made available by clean-up of waste sites.
As for the Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center itself, it was founded in 2001 by a group of community volunteers who were interested in acquiring marsh property to use as an educational resource.
Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center Attractions
The Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center offers visitors many opportunities to observe native wildlife, including bird-watching (in both the marsh and in the center's EcoZone), frog calling workshops, butterfly walks, art classes for children during which they can paint a mural at the preserve itself, kayaking tours of the marsh, and after-hours tours of the EcoZone.
At the marsh itself, visitors can observe and learn about resident wildlife, including birds (such as blue herons, ducks, snowy egrets), amphibians (like frogs), reptiles (including turtles), mammals (like coyotes, beavers, raccoons). The preserve also offers educational programs for children that involve exploring and learning about the marsh and its inhabitants.
Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center is home to a variety of habitats, including forests, grasslands, and the eponymous marsh. The marsh itself is home to an extensive system of trails enjoyed by hikers.
Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center Facilities
Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center has a number of facilities available to the community, including a special events hall, group meeting spaces, classrooms, an outdoor amphitheater, and of course the preserve itself (including trails). Other amenities include a playground, more than 13 native plant gardens, and more than 30 art sculptures.
It also has a gift shop, a cafe with a deck overlooking the marsh, and a bookstore.