The Madrona Marsh Preserve is a type of wetland called a vernal marsh. “Vernal” means spring or green. Madrona Preserve’s wetlands does not have a built-in water source. When the winter and spring rains fall, enough water accumulates to sustain the marsh and provides a resting spot for migrating birds. The Madrona Marsh is an “urban oasis”, providing valuable habitat in this urban area for birds, insects, spiders, frogs, reptiles, and small mammals.
The Madrona Marsh Preserve is an educational and recreational resource. Staff and volunteers offer nature walks, docent tours, bird watching and more.
Directly across the street the from the Preserve is the Nature Center. This is an educational and interpretive center for the Madrona Marsh Preserve’s natural resources and places the Preserve within its regional context.