About The Otis Fund

Your tax-deductible donation to the Otis Fund allows Katmai Conservancy to support education and interpretation, both within and outside of Katmai National Park and Preserve. The Otis Fund also provides funding for important research on Katmai’s brown bears and extensive human history. Other initiatives include promoting youth engagement in the local and online communities, ensuring the environmental sustainability of the fragile ecosystems of Katmai, and the necessary improvement of Park infrastructure.

Each of these projects seeks to improve the quality of the visitor experience as well as preserve the dynamic, unique landscape that includes Katmai and its surrounding communities. With your help, we can and will continue to make a difference. Thank you for your support!

Thanks to your incredible support, the 2023 Fat Bear Week Otis Fund drive set a new record at over $312,000 raised!

Congrats on all your hard work! But there’s even more good news to share –   explore.org‘s founder Charlie Annenberg, floored by your contributions, has matched $300k in donations to the Otis Fund as promised. He has also pledged an additional $100k in memory of Cam Op Kat. Kat was a beloved member of the    explore.org family who provided years of beautiful bear cam views from Katmai National Park. Her absence this year was felt, but her heart and soul lives on within each of us who was lucky to know her.

We had so much to celebrate last weekend at the Fat Bear Celebration (click the button below if you missed the live broadcast), this added news is just unbelievable. Katmai Conservancy sincerely thanks Charlie Annenberg, the explore.org family, Katmai National Park & Preserve staff, the Keep It Wild team, and amazing folks around the world like YOU for making the 2023 Otis Fund fundraiser such a success! 

Click here to watch the 2023 Fat Bear Celebration broadcast

Once again, a huge thanks to Charlie and explore.org for the generous 2x match, and then some! We really couldn’t do what we do without the team at  explore.org. Not only do they provide the world with the amazing Katmai bear cams, they also provide Katmai Conservancy and Katmai National Park and Preserve with significant financial support. Thank you!