By Ashley MackinMarly Isler, a La Jolla native and granddaughter of community volunteers Jane and Tom Fetter, has published a booklet about the San Diego River, the 52-mile long waterway spanning Santa Ysabel in east county to Ocean Beach.
“A Brief Walk Along the San Diego River” chronicles the birds, animals, insects and plants one would find along the way.
Originally a community service project during her time at Francis Parker School, the publication is now available through the San Diego River Park Foundation.
“I have grown up in San Diego my whole life, so this was a great way for me to learn a lot more about the animals and plants of my native city,” said Isler, currently a co-ed at Yale. “I am incredibly happy with how it turned out.”
Rob Hutsel, executive director and co-founder of the San Diego River Park Foundation, said Marly’s booklet will enrich the experiences for the many families who visit the area. “At the San Diego River Park Foundation, we work to create opportunities for the emotional connections to our historic River that allow the sense of wonder to come alive, forge lifelong love of the outdoors, and foster stewardship of the San Diego River.”
The booklet is available for free download at