By Keith Darcé / Union-Tribune / July 25, 2010
OCEAN BEACH — Melisa Shafer’s deal with her three children was pretty simple: spend 20 minutes Saturday morning helping restore a fragile coastal dune and marsh area in Ocean Beach and they could go to the beach. The kids didn’t know it, but the point of their work had little to do with the physical labor involved.
“The natural world is important to us,” said Shafer, 36, as she and the children lined rocks along a footpath through sensitive native vegetation. “If we don’t teach the next generation about it, we’ll lose it.”
The family, vacationing from Michigan, was among a mix of 65 first-time and veteran volunteers who gathered at the end of Voltaire Avenue in the morning for the regular cleanup effort that happens on the fourth Saturday of every other month. The work is coordinated by the San Diego River Park Foundation.
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