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Stroll the Preserve
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Would you like to immerse yourself in a relaxing stroll through wilderness? Here is your chance!
and take a walk through the Gardena Willows Wetland Preserve on
the second Sunday of every month 1PM to 4PM
Be sure to wear sturdy walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen and insect repellant and bring your camera!!

Click here for 2015 monthly activities and hours of operation

The entrance to the Preserve is in Arthur Johnson Park (formerly South Gardena Park),
between Normandie and Vermont Avenues, one block north of Artesia Blvd at
1200 West 170th Street, Gardena, CA.

Out of the Wilds and into Your Garden -- Gardening with South Bay Native Plants
Free Classes Presented by Dr. Connie Vadheim

Downloadable 2015 Class Calendar (PDF)

Gardena Mayme Dear Library
1731 W. Gardena Blvd.
Gardena, CA
6:00-7:30 p.m.
for more information call (310) 217-0681

This is the only gardening series to feature native plants appropriate for the Gardena/South Bay area – and it’s FREE! This program is being offered by the Friends of Gardena Willows Wetland Preserve.

Date / 2015


Tues. – Nov 10

Captivating Containers: Container Gardening with California Native Plants


Native Plants for Sandy Soils

Common Weeds of Western Los Angeles County - Project SOUND

3rd Saturday of the Month

8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


Willows Restoration Work Days
Remove non-native plants and restore habitat.
Tools, gloves & water will be provided. Wear work clothes, hat, sun screen and sturdy shoes. Come and enjoy a morning in the wilderness!


Please bring your form with you and give it to the volunteer at the sign-in table.  Volunteers under the age of 18 must have parent's signature on form. Thank you!

The Gardena Willows Preserve entrance is located in Arthur Johnson Park (formerly South Park) Between Normandie & Vermont- One block north of Artesia,
1200 West 170th St., Gardena, CA

click the above link for a Yahoo! Map

Here is a map of the Preserve


For additional information, please contact:
Friends of Gardena Willows Wetland Preserve

or email us