Keep Arkansas Beautiful with Otto the Otter

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We know mascots to be the heroes or champions of organizations and athletic teams. And, to help celebrate National Mascot Day today, the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission has brought their new hero against litter in “The Natural State,” Otto the Otter.

Keep Arkansas Beautiful is happy to announce that our mascot Otto has finally joined us in person and is going to help us educate youth across our state about the negative impact of litter and the value of recycling and beautification in “The Natural State.”

Where is Otto from and how did he come about joining Keep Arkansas Beautiful?

Otto is a native river otter to our state. We recognized that we needed a messenger to help us champion against litter. We knew we needed to make an impact on our youth with education and what better way than utilizing Otto to help us with just that.

So, will people catch Otto hanging out by the river cooling off this summer?

Actually, Otto will be appearing at elementary schools, conferences and even the Little Rock Zoo this summer and fall. Otto already needs his own staff.

And, along with education, Otto will be promoting cleanup efforts. What opportunities are coming up for Arkansans to get involved in through Keep Arkansas Beautiful?

With the flood waters finally receding, a lot of litter that had been floating in the Arkansas River has washed up in several communities across the state. As volunteers are helping get their communities back to what they once were, people can register a cleanup with us and we can provide some cleanup supplies. Just go to and register a cleanup in your community.

So, all you have to do is go to

Mark Camp: Yes! Just go to and click “Get Involved.” You can register a cleanup online and request cleanup supplies including trash bags, gloves and safety vests. All we ask is for cleanup coordinators to fill out their wrap-up report at the end of the cleanup to let us know how well it went!

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