Anita C. Leight Estuary Center posted by OPCA

Anita C. Leight Estuary Center posted by OPCA A place to learn, connect, and become inspired by a unique estuarine ecosystem.
The Anita C. Leight Estuary Center is owned and operated by Harford County Parks and Recreation in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Izaak Walton League of America, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and our local non-profit Otter Point Creek Alliance (OPCA).
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The Estuary Center is the research and education facility of the Otter Point Creek component of the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Abingdon, Maryland. We are dedicated to increasing appreciation and understanding of estuaries. The Estuary Center and surrounding Leight Park are open to the public and offer many opportunities to explore and learn about the Chesapeake Bay. Come by and check us out!

Mission: Our mission is to increase awareness, understanding, and appreciation of estuarine ecosystems through research, monitoring, and education.

Come to the Estuary Center this weekend to walk off some of that turkey dinner. The Center also has a couple great progr...
11/26/2019

Come to the Estuary Center this weekend to walk off some of that turkey dinner. The Center also has a couple great programs on Saturday!
Children's Garden Club - 10:30–11:30am - ages 5-8 w/adult - $5/child - Get out the shovels and trowels to help put the garden to bed for the winter! Cook, create, and explore while learning how a garden is connected to us and the wild world around us.
Tracks, Scat, and Chews - 2-3:30pm - ages 6-adult and only $4/person! Wildlife may be sneaky but they leave behind a lot of clues such as footprints, chew marks, droppings and more. Make track and scat models to aid in learning common animal signs before hitting the trails to test your “reading” skills!
Find more information and how to register at http://www.otterpointcreek.org/events/. Call us at 410-612-1688 if you have any questions.

11/24/2019

Another successful Owl Prowl in the books! We saw at least three different barred owls (if not more) and they put on a fantastic show. This video was taken by one of our participants as one owl flew over our group. Truly a magical night! #barredowl #creaturesofthenight #naturemagic

The holidays are right around the corner! These calendars will make a great gift! Plus, all the photos were taken at Ott...
11/23/2019

The holidays are right around the corner! These calendars will make a great gift! Plus, all the photos were taken at Otter Point Creek by a few of our wonderful volunteers!

Tonight we completed our fall session of Eco-Girls with a campfire and s'mores. The girls loved it! This is a program wh...
11/22/2019

Tonight we completed our fall session of Eco-Girls with a campfire and s'mores. The girls loved it! This is a program where we partner with Ladew Gardens to provide outdoor environmental education experiences for a group of girls from the Edgewood Boys and Girls Club. It's always a good time and we're looking forward to our spring session!

It'll be a fun "Bird" weekend at the Center for all ages! SATURDAYBeautiful Backyard Birds - 10:30am-12pm – ages 6-12 w/...
11/21/2019

It'll be a fun "Bird" weekend at the Center for all ages!
SATURDAY
Beautiful Backyard Birds - 10:30am-12pm – ages 6-12 w/adult - $3/child - Can you identify the birds that frequent your feeder? What makes each one unique? Soar into the world of our feathered friends to gain a better understanding of our backyard visitors, and make a seed feeder to take home.
Owl Prowl - 5-6:30pm – ages –adult - $5/person - Venture into the woods of Bosely Conservancy on a cool fall evening to hear the call of these elusive creatures and possibly catch a glimpse of them. Participants meet at the Bosely Conservancy.
SUNDAY
Owls of Maryland - 2-3:30pm – ages 10-adult - $3/person
Have a hoot of a good time while learning about the different owl species that can be found in Maryland!
Find more information and how to register at http://www.otterpointcreek.org/events/. Call us at 410-612-1688 if you have any questions.

Check out the programs we have this weekend! Sign up to join in on the fun!Sat. Nov. 16Kiddy Campfire: Bring your little...
11/15/2019

Check out the programs we have this weekend! Sign up to join in on the fun!

Sat. Nov. 16

Kiddy Campfire: Bring your little one to enjoy a campfire on Otter Point Creek! We’ll play games, sing songs, and learn how to stay safe around a fire. Roasted treats provided.*Meet at Pontoon Pier
Time: 11 am to 12 pm, Age: 3 to 6 w/ Adult, Fee: $3/person

Fall Discovery Hike: Fall is one of the best times of year to enjoy the great outdoors; the colors of the leaves are beautiful, the air is cool, and the insects are reduced. Hike the trails to observe seasonal changes as the natural world slows down and prepares for winter.
Time: 1 pm to 2 pm, Age: All, under 13 w/ Adult, Fee: $2/person

Sun. Nov. 17

Sunday Trail Running: Log your miles while enjoying some beautiful scenery and some fellow nature enthusiasts! All skill levels/paces welcome. The course is an out and back, single track, approx. 2 miles long (but you can run it more than once if you choose).
Time: 10 am to 11 am, Age: 10 to Adult, under 13 w/ Adult, Fee: Free

Meet a Critter: Check out one of our live critters up close while discovering what makes that animal special.
Time: 1 pm to 2 pm, Age: All, under 13 w/ Adult, Fee: Free – Drop In

Find more information and how to register at http://www.otterpointcreek.org/events/. Call us at 410-612-1688 if you have any questions.

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? The Center has some great programs!SaturdayCritter Dinner Time – 10:30 am ...
11/05/2019

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? The Center has some great programs!
Saturday
Critter Dinner Time – 10:30 am - Free drop-in program for all ages!Watch our turtles, fish and snakes eat while learning about these fascinating creatures.
iNaturalist Trek - 2-3pm – Free – All ages - Tap into your inner naturalist and spend time searching Leight Park for interesting plants and animals! Using the iNaturalist app, help us build up our biodiversity data and learn how you can utilize this program on other hiking adventures.
Sunday
Leaf Lanterns - 1-2:30pm - $5/project – all ages - Illuminate your home with the golden warm light of a fall foliage lantern crafted from leaves you’ve hand-selected while strolling through our woods.
Find more information and how to register at http://www.otterpointcreek.org/events/. Call us at 410-612-1688 if you have any questions.

Harford and Cecil Counties are now under quarantine for the invasive spotted lantern fly. Keep your eye out for them and...
10/31/2019
Two Maryland counties under quarantine amid spotted lanternfly invasion

Harford and Cecil Counties are now under quarantine for the invasive spotted lantern fly. Keep your eye out for them and follow the advice in this article if you come across any.

Maryland’s Department of Agriculture has issued a quarantine in an effort to contain the invasive species the spotted lanternfly in Cecil and Harford counties.

It's going to be another fun weekend at the Estuary Center!SATURDAYFinal Fall Float Canoe - 11:30am-2pm – ages 8-adult -...
10/28/2019

It's going to be another fun weekend at the Estuary Center!
SATURDAY
Final Fall Float Canoe - 11:30am-2pm – ages 8-adult - $12/person - Be a part of the season's final paddle while canoeing through the marsh, taking a last glimpse of the flora and fauna before the cold sets in.
Winter Survival - Sleep, Freeze, or Move? - 3-4:30pm - ages 5-adult - $3/person - What happens to the animals of Leight Park in the winter? Find out who does what and explore the park for evidence of winter preparation. Hot refreshments provided.
SUNDAY
Tails and Tots – 1 pm - Free drop-in program for ages 0 to 6 w/adult - Story time with a natural twist! Listen to stories, learn new songs, and move like the animals!
Acorn Art - 3 - 4:30 pm – all ages - $10/project - Explore the trails of Leight Park for acorns and other fall bounty to be used to make a nutty craft — acorn frame or framed acorns!
Find more information and how to register at http://www.otterpointcreek.org/events/. Call us at 410-612-1688 if you have any questions.

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? The Center has some great programs!SaturdayDays Cove Fall Foliage Kayak - ...
10/22/2019

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? The Center has some great programs!
Saturday
Days Cove Fall Foliage Kayak - 11am-2pm - $13/person – ages 12-adult- Visit the junction of the Big and Little Gunpowder Falls to search for eagles above, beavers below, and the changing foliage all around! This is an approximately 4 mile round trip paddle; recommended for experienced kayakers. Participants meet at Mariner Point Park.
Children's Garden Club - 11:30am–12:30pm - $5/child – ages 5-8 w/adult - Get out the shovels and trowels to grow a garden full of fun! Cook, create, and explore while learning how a garden is connected to us and the wild world around us.
Sunday
Sunday Trail Running Series - 10–11am – Free – ages 10-adult - Log your miles while enjoying some beautiful scenery and some fellow nature enthusiasts! All skill levels/paces welcome. The course is an out and back, single track, approx. 2 miles long (but you can run it more than once if you choose).
Invasinators - 2–4pm – Free – ages 14-adult - Become part of a volunteer team of invasive plant removers and native plant restorers. Learn why non-native invasive plants are a threat to our ecosystem, how to identify problem plants, and removal and restoration strategies. Wear sturdy shoes, long sleeves, and work gloves for field work in the Reserve each meeting date, weather permitting.
Find more information and how to register at http://www.otterpointcreek.org/events/.
Call us at 410-612-1688 if you have any questions.

Our 340 pumpkins are carved and ready for Saturday! Will we see you at the Halloween Hike and Campfire?
10/17/2019

Our 340 pumpkins are carved and ready for Saturday! Will we see you at the Halloween Hike and Campfire?

It's going to be a fun weekend at the Estuary Center!SATURDAYHalloween Hike and Campfire - 6-9:30pm - $7/person - Spend ...
10/16/2019

It's going to be a fun weekend at the Estuary Center!
SATURDAY
Halloween Hike and Campfire - 6-9:30pm - $7/person - Spend a spooky evening at the park hiking through the woods to discover the creatures of Halloween. Meet these real “scary” critters up close and listen to their tales spun by Halloween characters. After the hike, enjoy music and roasted marshmallows down by our cozy campfire. Registration required in advance – payment at door. Pre-register for ½ hour time slots to begin hike by calling 410-612-1688. Allow 1 hour for hike and campfire. This program is for any age able to handle a slightly spooky ¾ mile hike in the woods at night
SUNDAY
Pumpkin Chunkin' Hike - 10-11:30am - all ages - Free - Head out on the Discovery Trail to examine the jack-o-lanterns left from the Halloween Hike. Look closely to see what critters have taken up residence. Then, let the biodegradable pumpkin chunkin' begin!
Meet a Critter - 12:30pm - Free drop-in program for all ages! Check out one of our live critters up close while discovering what makes that animal special.
Find more information and how to register at http://www.otterpointcreek.org/events/.
Call us at 410-612-1688 if you have any questions.

The next in the Adults Only - Kayak Cruising on the Creek series is this Thursday, October 17 from 10am-12:30pm!Nudge ar...
10/14/2019

The next in the Adults Only - Kayak Cruising on the Creek series is this Thursday, October 17 from 10am-12:30pm!
Nudge around the endless nooks and crannies of Otter Point Creek and the upper Bush River with an adults only group. Track the changes on the water through the fall season of migration and color change. This program is for adults and is only $12/person.
Make sure to go online today to register:
https://secure.rec1.com/MD/harford-county-md/catalog/index

Days are starting to get chilly - perfect fall weather to get outside at the Estuary Center!SATURDAYiNaturalist Trek - 1...
10/08/2019

Days are starting to get chilly - perfect fall weather to get outside at the Estuary Center!
SATURDAY
iNaturalist Trek - 1-2pm – all ages – Free - Tap into your inner naturalist and spend time searching Leight Park for interesting plants and animals! Using the iNaturalist app, help us build up our biodiversity data and learn how you can utilize this program on other hiking adventures.
Skeleton Leaf Project - 2:30-4pm – 8-adult - $4/project - Following a short hike to collect natural supplies, use chemistry to transform leaves into skeletons! Arrange the leaf skeletons to create beautiful artwork.
SUNDAY
Autumn on the Creek Canoe - 8:30-11am – 8-adult - $12/person - See the trees of Otter Point Creek set ablaze with the colors of fall - a photographer’s dream paddle!
Make sure to go online today to register: https://secure.rec1.com/MD/harford-county-md/catalog/index

Enjoy the beautiful weather at the Estuary Center this weekend!SaturdayMarsh Critters Kayak - 1-3:30pm, ages 8-adult - $...
10/02/2019

Enjoy the beautiful weather at the Estuary Center this weekend!
Saturday
Marsh Critters Kayak - 1-3:30pm, ages 8-adult - $12/person - Estuaries and wetlands are home to an abundance of wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled while venturing into channels and backwaters of the Reserve, searching high and low for the critters that call this habitat home.
Critter Dinner Time – at 1:30 pm, free drop in program for all ages! Watch our turtles, fish and snakes eat while learning about these fascinating creatures.
Campfire Game Night - 6-7:30pm, ages 6-adult - $4/person - Campfires aren’t just for s’mores anymore! Enjoy fun and games by firelight under the starry sky. Treats will be provided! Participants meet at the Pontoon Pier.
Sunday
Farewell to Foliage and Feathers – Pontoon Boat Trip - 9-11am, ages 2-adult - $10/person - Scan the water and shoreline for fleeing feathered friends against a brilliant backdrop of early-turning scarlet foliage of black gum, dogwood, and Virginia creeper. Participants meet at the Estuary Center.
Tails and Tots – at 2 pm – Free drop-in program for ages 0 to 6 w/adult - Story time with a natural twist! Listen to stories, learn new songs, and move like the animals!
Make sure to go online today to register: https://secure.rec1.com/MD/harford-county-md/catalog/index

Today we picked over 300 pumpkins to carve and place along the trail for our annual Halloween Hike and Campfire on Satur...
10/01/2019

Today we picked over 300 pumpkins to carve and place along the trail for our annual Halloween Hike and Campfire on Saturday, October 19. Call the Center at 410-612-1688 to register so you can see them in all their glory. Go online to www.otterpointcreek.org/events for more details!

The next in the Kayak Cruising on the Creek series is this Thursday, October 3 from 10am-12:30pm!Nudge around the endles...
09/30/2019

The next in the Kayak Cruising on the Creek series is this Thursday, October 3 from 10am-12:30pm!
Nudge around the endless nooks and crannies of Otter Point Creek and the upper Bush River with an adults only group. Track the changes on the water through the fall season of migration and color change. This program is for adults and is only $12/person.
Make sure to go online today to register: https://secure.rec1.com/MD/harford-county-md/catalog/index

The weather is going to be gorgeous this weekend! Make sure to go online today to register for our programs: https://sec...
09/27/2019

The weather is going to be gorgeous this weekend!
Make sure to go online today to register for our programs: https://secure.rec1.com/MD/harford-county-md/catalog/index
SATURDAY
Birding By Boat - 8:30-10am, ages 8-adult, $10/person - Join birder, Phil Powers, on a search for the early migratory birds stopping to rest on Otter Point Creek.
Down by the Bay - 12:30-2pm, all ages, $3/person - This National Estuaries Day, explore Otter Point Creek, a local link to the bay. Hike along the water’s edge in search of plants and animals and catch fish using a 100 foot seine net!
Spectacular Sunset Canoe - 5-7:30pm, ages 8-adult, $12/person - There is no better way to end a beautiful fall day than to view an awesome sunset display while floating on the tranquil waters of Otter Point Creek. Bring your camera and enjoy!
SUNDAY
iNaturalist Trek - 1-2pm, all ages, free - Tap into your inner naturalist and spend time searching Leight Park for interesting plants and animals! Using the iNaturalist app, help us build up our biodiversity data and learn how you can utilize this program on other hiking adventures.
Invasinators - 2–4pm, ages 14-adult - Become part of a volunteer team of invasive plant removers and native plant restorers. Learn why non-native invasive plants are a threat to our ecosystem, how to identify problem plants, and removal and restoration strategies.

National Estuaries Day is this Saturday, September 28. What better place to celebrate than the Estuary Center! SATURDAYB...
09/25/2019

National Estuaries Day is this Saturday, September 28. What better place to celebrate than the Estuary Center!
SATURDAY
Birding By Boat - 8:30-10am, ages 8-adult, $10/person - Join birder, Phil Powers, on a search for the early migratory birds stopping to rest on Otter Point Creek.
Down by the Bay - 12:30-2pm, all ages, $3/person - This National Estuaries Day, explore Otter Point Creek, a local link to the bay. Hike along the water’s edge in search of plants and animals and catch fish using a 100 foot seine net!
Spectacular Sunset Canoe - 5-7:30pm, ages 8-adult, $12/person - There is no better way to end a beautiful fall day than to view an awesome sunset display while floating on the tranquil waters of Otter Point Creek. Bring your camera and enjoy!
SUNDAY
iNaturalist Trek - 1-2pm, all ages, free - Tap into your inner naturalist and spend time searching Leight Park for interesting plants and animals! Using the iNaturalist app, help us build up our biodiversity data and learn how you can utilize this program on other hiking adventures.
Invasinators - 2–4pm, ages 14-adult - Become part of a volunteer team of invasive plant removers and native plant restorers. Learn why non-native invasive plants are a threat to our ecosystem, how to identify problem plants, and removal and restoration strategies.

There is a new session of Nature Playgroup and Nature Tots starting next week! Each session is 6-weeks!Nature Playgroup ...
09/24/2019

There is a new session of Nature Playgroup and Nature Tots starting next week! Each session is 6-weeks!
Nature Playgroup - Mondays, 9/30, 10/7,14,21,28,11/4 - 9:30-10:30am, $42 per child Ages 0-5 w/adult - Little ones and their parents play and learn in the natural world. Stories, songs, simple crafts and discovery outings highlight each day's theme. Topics: spiders, migration, leaves, bats, deer, seeds.
Nature Tots - Mondays, 9/30, 10/7,14,21,28,11/4 - 11am-12pm, $42 per child ages 2&3 w/adult - Toddlers and their parents play and learn in the natural world. Stories, songs, simple crafts and discovery outings highlight each day's theme. Topics: spiders, migration, leaves, bats, deer, seeds.
Go online today to register: https://secure.rec1.com/MD/harford-county-md/catalog/index

Make sure to go online today to register for our programs: https://secure.rec1.com/MD/harford-county-md/catalog/indexRum...
09/20/2019

Make sure to go online today to register for our programs: https://secure.rec1.com/MD/harford-county-md/catalog/index

Rumsey Island Kayak Adventure, Sat., 10:30 am-2:30pm, $13/person - ages 12 to adult, under 16 w/adult (for experienced kayakers). Discover hidden parts of the Gunpowder River on this island adventure! Participants meet at Mariner Point Park.

Children's Garden Club - Sat., 10:30–11:30am, $5/child - ages 5 to 8 (w/adult). Get out the shovels and trowels to grow a garden full of fun! Cook, create, and explore!

Address

700 Otter Point Rd
Abingdon, MD
21009

General information

We offer programs for school groups (home school as well) and the public which include canoe and kayak trips, hiking, pontoon boat rides, crafts, summer camps, citizen science, and research. Most of our programs are at a low cost and some are even free. Go to our website www.otterpointcreek.org for more details about upcoming programs and register today!

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(410) 612-1688

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