Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park Introduces Ollie the River Otter as New Mascot
PENINSULA, Ohio (December 2012) – The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park has introduced Ollie the River Otter as its new mascot. The name Ollie was selected by several area children as part of a naming contest held by the Conservancy.
In October, the Conservancy partnered with Outside the Lines Creative Group and children’s illustrator/cartoonist, Jenny Campbell, to develop the new Conservancy otter mascot. A river otter was chosen based on the animal’s playful nature and recent comeback in the Cuyahoga River. Campbell is a Chagrin Falls resident who has published 18 children’s book as well as the nationally-syndicated comic strip, Flo & Friends.
The mascot will not only be featured on merchandise in both Trail Mix stores, but will primarily serve as an educational, environmental “hero” to children and adults alike. Ollie will help the Conservancy spread messages about health and wellness, activities in the park, and the rich history of Cuyahoga Valley. Look for a new children’s activity book featuring the otter and its Cuyahoga Valley National Park friends coming out at Trail Mix this spring.
The children who selected Ollie as the name of the river otter mascot will get to meet Campbell as part of a special ceremony held in their honor by the Conservancy.
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