Local school kids are celebrating the return of otters back in the New Mexico wilderness. 

Kindergarten and first-grade students at Bosque School celebrated the eighth annual “Otter Day.”

The students learned why the mammals are important to our rivers and how human activity can have an impact. Teachers say it’s important to learn these lessons, even at a young age. 

“They are able to really grasp these concepts of being able to protect the environment and what they can do at a very young age to help not only the otters, but all the animals that we have in the bosque ecosystem,” said Shelby Bazan, Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program. 

The students even went on a hike in the bosque to learn more about otters’ natural habitat.