Brown river otter on sandy, rocky shore

North American River Otter, Lontra canadensis. (Photo: Matthew Fryer)

Learn about river otters in the Chesapeake Bay, in a two-part event for kids and adults! Once you sign up online, you’ll be able to enter the webinar any time after it starts. You can participate in the otter sketch event at 6pm, the lecture at 7pm, or both. This event will be recorded. By signing up online, you’ll be able to watch live and receive a link to the closed-captioned recording after the talk.

Brown and white plush otter from Smithsonian StoreNEW: When you sign up online, you’ll also be entered into a drawing for a free plush river otter from the Smithsonian Store! Read the full contest rules and details at

Part 1: Otter Anatomy – Draw An Otter With A Biologist (6-6:45pm)

You just need a sketch pad, pencil and a decent Internet connection. Ideal for ages 6-adult, and anyone who likes mixing art and science.

Part 2: Lecture – Things You “Otter” Know (7-8pm)

River otters are a mostly nocturnal and notoriously shy species that biologists are just beginning to understand. In this science talk, Karen McDonald will explore what we know, what we don’t know and the research SERC is conducting about otters. Younger kids can download this coloring sheet to do during the talk or afterwards.

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