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April 05, 2012

Walk the Watershed a Smashing Success for Otay Valley Regional Park

We make watershed education and restoration fun!
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We came, we saw, we mitigated invasive species!

By A.J. Schneller

For the first time ever, San Diego Coastkeeper's Walk the Watershed was held on March 31st in the Otay Valley Regional Park.

200 adults and students from San Diego joined us for a hike through the Otay River Valley to learn about the functional qualities of watersheds, native and non-native plant and animal species, urban runoff, historical land use in the valley, and participated in a habitat restoration event in the riparian corridor pulling ice plant.

San Diego Girl Scouts came out in force thanks to Adina Veen!

We ate 350 tamales from TAMALES PEPE, saw some great Mexican Folklorico dancing, and held a prize drawing for t-shirts and backpacks from REI and other community sponsors. Reptile extraordinaire Maureen Lewis showed up with boxes of live reptiles and insects for public handling and up-close viewing.

County Supervisor Greg Cox and San Diego Councilmember David Alvarez rounded off the event with some very inspiring words about how far the Otay Valley Regional Park has come, the value of open space preservation for outdoor recreation, and the need for restoring impacted landscapes in support of protecting endangered species.  

Thanks to all of the community sponsors and organizers!

San Diego Coastkeeper, I Love a Clean San Diego, Allied Waste, Elementary Institute of Science, Unified Port of San Diego, County Parks and Recreation, OVRP Rangers, The City of San Diego, and The City of Chula Vista.

If you, your school, or community group would like to get involved in our community restoration and education projects in the Otay Valley Regional Park please contact AJ Schneller at aj@wildcoast.net or 619-423-8665 x210

We also offer hiking and biking tours of the Otay Valley FREE OF CHARGE!

And don't forget to pencil in Discover OVRP Day for June 2nd. Lots of great activities for kids and adults, including guided native plant walks, bird walks, watershed education, Kumeyaay native American history and dancing, and nature based recreation. At the OVRP Ranger Station 2155 Beyer Blvd from 9:30 am - 1:00 pm.