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.

What a perfect morning for a trip on our pontoon boat! Participants on the Birding by Boat program were treated to sight...
05/18/2019

What a perfect morning for a trip on our pontoon boat! Participants on the Birding by Boat program were treated to sights of eagles, osprey, great blue herons, wood ducks, sand pipers, cormorants, and more! Will you be joining us next time?

A thank you is in order for our dedicated staff/volunteers who pushed through cold water and wind to take our annual can...
05/16/2019

A thank you is in order for our dedicated staff/volunteers who pushed through cold water and wind to take our annual canoe/kayak rescue training last night. Great job everyone!

The annual Envirothon Competition was held at the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center this year. The winner of the competion ...
05/03/2019

The annual Envirothon Competition was held at the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center this year. The winner of the competion was the Harford Christian School team. All Harford public and private high schools are eligible to participate in this year-long extracurricular activity, where students learn about wildlife, aquatics, soils, and forestry, as well as a special 5th topic that changes each year.

Get outside this weekend at the Estuary Center!SATURDAYName that Tree - Spring Edition - 1-2pm, Free – ages 8–adult ...
04/29/2019

Get outside this weekend at the Estuary Center!
SATURDAY
Name that Tree - Spring Edition - 1-2pm, Free – ages 8–adult - Bring in branches with leaves and take part in a hands-on lab to learn how to tell deciduous trees apart.
Spectacular Sunset Canoe - 6-8:30pm, $12/person – 10-adult - As spring settles in and day flows into night, catch the spectacle of shift change smack dab in the middle of the marsh.
SUNDAY
Sunday Trail Running Series - 10–11am, Free – ages 13-adult - Log your miles while enjoying some beautiful scenery and some fellow nature enthusiasts!
Tails and Tots – 2pm – Free drop-in program for 0 to 6 w/adult - Story time with a natural twist! Listen to stories, learn songs, and move like the animals!
Find more information and how to register at http://www.otterpointcreek.org/events/. Call us at 410-612-1688 if you have any questions.

Spring is in full swing and the reptiles are out! This is a Dekay’s brownsnake that was found hiding under leaves. Thi...
04/26/2019

Spring is in full swing and the reptiles are out! This is a Dekay’s brownsnake that was found hiding under leaves. This secretive snake is around 9 to 13 inches long and mostly comes out at night. Have you seen one before? #springtime #brownsnake

Adults Only - Kayak Cruising on the Creek - this Thursday 4/25 from 10am-12:30pm. Nudge around the endless nooks and cra...
04/23/2019

Adults Only - Kayak Cruising on the Creek - this Thursday 4/25 from 10am-12:30pm. Nudge around the endless nooks and crannies of Otter Point Creek and the upper Bush River. Track the changes on the water through the spring season of northward migration and bud burst. Find more information and how to register at http://www.otterpointcreek.org/events/. Call us at 410-612-1688 if you have any questions.

It's going to be a beautiful weekend. A perfect time to come to the Estuary Center for some great programs!Saturday - Cr...
04/23/2019

It's going to be a beautiful weekend. A perfect time to come to the Estuary Center for some great programs!
Saturday -
Critter Dinner Time - 10:30am – Free drop-in program - all ages - Watch our turtles, fish and snakes eat while learning more about these fascinating creatures.
Children's Garden Club - 1-2pm - $5/child – ages 5-8 w/adult - Get out the shovels and trowels to work with the naturalist to grow a garden full of fun!
Marsh Meander Canoe - 2-4:30pm - $12 – ages 8-adult - Gather at water’s edge for an afternoon canoe on the winding channel of Otter Point Creek as it travels through marsh and swamp.
Sunday -
Sunday Trail Running - 10–11am – Free – ages 13-adult - Log your miles while enjoying some beautiful scenery and some fellow nature enthusiasts!
Meet a Critter - 2:30pm - Free drop-in program - 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.

Our female box turtle had fun at the Harford County Arbor Day event today at Harford Community College! #boxturtles #arb...
04/19/2019

Our female box turtle had fun at the Harford County Arbor Day event today at Harford Community College! #boxturtles #arborday #harfordcountymd

Nature's Playgroup still has 5 spots left for the rest of the session - 4 more weeks. Only $28 for your child to play an...
04/19/2019

Nature's Playgroup still has 5 spots left for the rest of the session - 4 more weeks. Only $28 for your child to play and learn in the natural world. Stories, songs, simple crafts and discovery outings will highlight each day’s theme. This program is for ages 0 to 5 on Mondays from 9:30-10:30am. If interested, find more information and how to register at http://www.otterpointcreek.org/events/. Call us at 410-612-1688 if you have any questions.

Today we spent time with the Eco Girls group from the Edgewood Boys and Girls Club, a partnership program between OPCA a...
04/19/2019

Today we spent time with the Eco Girls group from the Edgewood Boys and Girls Club, a partnership program between OPCA and Ladew Topiary Gardens, exploring the trails around the Estuary Center. It looks like the natural clay spot was a hit!

Camps are filling up fast! Don't wait too long. We still have room in Chesapeake Canoers for ages 11-15- Tues.-Fri., Jun...
04/18/2019

Camps are filling up fast! Don't wait too long. We still have room in Chesapeake Canoers for ages 11-15- Tues.-Fri., June 25-28, Estuary Exploration for ages 8-11 - Tues.-Fri., July 9-12, and Call of the Wild for ages 8-11 - Tues.-Fri., August 6-9! Go online now to register your child! Find more information and how to register at http://www.otterpointcreek.org/events/. Call us at 410-612-1688 if you have any questions.

This Earth Day weekend, grab a paddle and a trash bag on Saturday at 12pm on the Earth Day Creek Sweep Canoe as we ventu...
04/17/2019

This Earth Day weekend, grab a paddle and a trash bag on Saturday at 12pm on the Earth Day Creek Sweep Canoe as we venture into the marsh of Otter Point Creek to sweep for trash!
Or, find out everything you ever wanted to know about the feisty fish hawks on the Osprey Adventure this Saturday at 3pm! Hike to spy on Leight Park’s osprey couple and see if they have begun adding to their nest.
If interested, 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 bluebells were out in all their glory today for our hike at the Big Gunpowder Falls State Park! Have you seen any wi...
04/13/2019

The bluebells were out in all their glory today for our hike at the Big Gunpowder Falls State Park! Have you seen any wildflowers lately? @ Big Gunpowder Falls

It's going to be a busy and fun weekend at the Estuary Center!SATURDAYBluebell Hike - 11am-12:30pm, Free – ages 6 to a...
04/09/2019
Anita C Leight Estuary Center Events

It's going to be a busy and fun weekend at the Estuary Center!
SATURDAY
Bluebell Hike - 11am-12:30pm, Free – ages 6 to adult - Explore the trails along the Big Gunpowder in search of Virginia Bluebells and other signs of spring.
How to Attract Birds to Your Backyard - 9-11am, Free – ages 8 – adult - Learn how to manage plantings on your property to complement the feeders and food you use to attract birds to your backyard then hike to view the birds that frequent the Center.
Marsh Bloom Time Monitoring - 2-3:30pm, Free – Adults - We seek to train and schedule volunteers to assist with the Marsh Plant Phenology Monitoring Trail. Volunteers must be able to safely and comfortably paddle a canoe.
SUNDAY
Man's Best Friend Hike - 10-11:30am, Free – Ages 10 to adult - Bring your furry friends on a brisk morning hike! Dogs must be on a leash, licensed, vaccinated and friendly to other dogs! Don’t forget doggie bags.
Kitchen Chemistry - Natural Egg Dyeing - 1-2:30pm, $5/person – All ages - Combine natural materials, science, and creativity to make an array of eggs that are the beautiful result of a chemistry experiment! (Eggs not provided but refreshments are.)
Invasinators - 2-4pm, Free – Ages 14 to adult - Become part of a volunteer team of invasive plant removers and native plant restorers.
If interested, find more information and how to register at http://www.otterpointcreek.org/events/. Call us at 410-612-1688 if you have any questions.

It's starting to get warm outside! Get outdoors at the Estuary Center!SaturdayFresh Marsh Paddle Kayak - 10am-12:30pm - ...
04/03/2019

It's starting to get warm outside! Get outdoors at the Estuary Center!
Saturday
Fresh Marsh Paddle Kayak - 10am-12:30pm - ages 8 to adult - $12/person - Travel through our water trail to see what plants and animals are waking up with the warming season.
Frog Bog - 3-4:30pm – ages 5 to adult – Free - Search the ponds of newly protected next-door Harford Land Trust property for frogs and salamanders, and help us identify and record species!
Sunday
Bosely Canoe and Camera Adventure - 8:30-11am –ages 8 to adult - $12/person - Launch canoes from Bosely Conservancy and have your camera ready to capture sightings of beaver, wood ducks, and more!
Tails and Tots – 2:30 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!
If interested, find more information and how to register at http://www.otterpointcreek.org/events/. Call us at 410-612-1688 if you have any questions.

There's still room in Nature Tots and Nature Playgroup which starts next week. Little ones and their parents play and le...
04/02/2019
Catalog - Harford County, MD

There's still room in Nature Tots and Nature Playgroup which starts next week. Little ones and their parents play and learn in the natural world. Stories, songs, simple crafts and discovery outings will highlight each day’s theme. Mondays, April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13 - Playgroup - 9:30-10:30am, Tots - 11am-12pm. Only $42 per child for the 6-week series. Go online now to register your child. https://secure.rec1.com/MD/harford-county-md/catalog/index

The Harford County Parks and Recreation Department is divided into 4 primary areas of responsibility: Administration, Recreation Services, Capital Planning and Development, and Facilities and Operations.

Panoramic Egg Workshop 3/30/19 - Such a creative group!
03/31/2019

Panoramic Egg Workshop 3/30/19 - Such a creative group!

Get outside this weekend at the Estuary Center with some great programs! SATURDAYCaught on Camera - 10:30 am–12 pm, $3...
03/27/2019

Get outside this weekend at the Estuary Center with some great programs!
SATURDAY
Caught on Camera - 10:30 am–12 pm, $3/person – Ages 4 – adult - What animals have been lurking in the Bosely woods? Participants meet at Bosely to retrieve the wildlife cameras then head to the Center for refreshments and to view the findings.
Panoramic Egg Workshop - 2-4 pm, $16/project – ages 7 – adult - Design a hollow sugar egg with a scene inside to celebrate the start of the spring season.
Wood Duck Canoe - 3-6 pm, $12/person – ages 8 – adult - Explore our wooded marsh on the first canoe trip of the season to welcome back the wood ducks. Meet at Bosely Conservancy.
SUNDAY
Sunday Trail Running Series - 10–11 am, Free – ages 13 – adult - Log your miles while enjoying beautiful scenery and 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 interested, find more information and how to register at http://www.otterpointcreek.org/events/. Call us at 410-612-1688 if you have any questions.

There are still 4 spots left in our Panoramic Egg Workshop this weekend! Sign up soon to reserve your seat!"Springtime i...
03/26/2019

There are still 4 spots left in our Panoramic Egg Workshop this weekend! Sign up soon to reserve your seat!

"Springtime is the time for eggs! Design a hollow sugar egg with a spring scene inside to celebrate the start of the season."

Date: Saturday, March 30th
Time: 2 pm to 4 pm
Fee: $16/project
Ages: 7 to Adult, under 13 w/ Adult
Register Here: www.otterpointcreek.org/events/

Thank you to everyone who came to help with the Marsh Clean Up on Saturday! We couldn't do it without all of your help a...
03/24/2019

Thank you to everyone who came to help with the Marsh Clean Up on Saturday! We couldn't do it without all of your help and we hope you had a good time!

Anita C. Leight Estuary Center posted by OPCA's cover photo
03/21/2019

Anita C. Leight Estuary Center posted by OPCA's cover photo

It's gonna be a great weekend at the Estuary Center! 28th Annual Marsh Clean-Up at the Bosely Conservancy - Saturday, 9 ...
03/19/2019
Anita C Leight Estuary Center Events

It's gonna be a great weekend at the Estuary Center!
28th Annual Marsh Clean-Up at the Bosely Conservancy - Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Ages 8 to adult – Help clean up Otter Point Creek Marsh!
Spring Stream Study - Sun., 10 - 11:30 a.m., $3/person – ages 5 to adult - Sample the stream for bugs and discover salamanders, frogs, crayfish, and spring wildflowers!
Invasinators - Sun., 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., - Become part of a volunteer team of invasive plant removers and native plant restorers.
The Mystery of John Smith's Chesapeake Cross Markers - Sun., 1 - 3 p.m., Free – Ages 13 to adult - Join us for a fascinating afternoon of discovery as poet/ author/historians Ed and Connie weave a tale of exploration, geography, research, cartography, and Chesapeake mystery.
Meet a Critter – Free Drop-in program for all ages - Sun., March 24 at 2:30 pm. - Check out one of our live critters up close while discovering what makes that animal special.

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

Programs listed in the calendar are for individuals and families. If you have a group, such as scouts, that would like a program, please contact the Estuary Center or complete and return our Program Request Form.

03/14/2019

We have some great news! That bird off in the distance is our resident Osprey! Spring is close 🌱🌸 #theestuarycenter #otterpointcreek #springisintheair

It's starting to feel like spring. Come on out to the Estuary Center for some great spring activities!Critter Dinner Tim...
03/11/2019

It's starting to feel like spring. Come on out to the Estuary Center for some great spring activities!

Critter Dinner Time – Sat., March 16 at 10:30 a.m. - Free drop in program for all ages! Watch our turtles, fish and snakes eat while learning more about these fascinating creatures.
Tree Talk - Sat., March 16 - 11:30 am – 1 p.m., $5/person – ages 10 – adult - Take a hike among the trees to mark the International Day of Forests then head back to the Center for an easy and fun nature-inspired craft.
The Science of Clouds - Sat., March 16 - 2 - 3:30 pm, $3/child – ages 5-10 w/adult - Examine clouds from the outside in, from outward appearance to inner workings. Includes an experiment and cloud themed treat!
Water Watch - Sun., March 17 - 2 - 3:30 pm, $3/person – ages 8 to adult - Use the same tools as scientists to evaluate the water quality of Otter Point Creek while learning about the importance of available clean water! Perform hands-on water testing to celebrate World Water Day!
If interested, 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 terrapin is getting ready for spring, are you?? #theestuarycenter #springisclose
03/08/2019

Our terrapin is getting ready for spring, are you?? #theestuarycenter #springisclose

March is almost here and the Estuary has some great programs to welcome it this weekend:Seashell Paint - Sat., 1:00 - 2:...
02/26/2019

March is almost here and the Estuary has some great programs to welcome it this weekend:
Seashell Paint - Sat., 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., $7/person - ages 5 to adult - Make your own natural paint using seashells!
Owl Prowl - Sat., 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., $5/person - ages 8 to adult - Explore the Bosely Conservancy woods to learn about and locate owls!
Tails and Tots -Sun. at 12:30 p.m. - Free Drop-In Program for ages 0 to 6 w/adult - Story time with a natural twist!
DIY Bug Hotel - Sun., 2:30 - 4:00 p.m., $10/person – ages 5 to adult - Attract bugs and bees to your yard and garden with a bug hotel!
If interested, find more information and how to register at http://www.otterpointcreek.org/events/. Call us at 410-612-1688 if you have any questions.

This weekend we've got some great programs for all ages:Critter Dinner Time – Sat., February 23 at 1:30 p.m. – Free ...
02/21/2019

This weekend we've got some great programs for all ages:
Critter Dinner Time – Sat., February 23 at 1:30 p.m. – Free drop-in program for all ages -Watch our turtles, fish and snakes eat and learn more about these fascinating creatures.
Marsh Fairy Lanterns - Sat., 10:30am - 12pm, $10/project – ages 8 – adult - Create a beautiful, decorative lantern that is reminiscent of the lush world of marsh fairies in the summer season.
Kid's Kooky Science Experiments - Sun., 1:30 - 3pm, $5/child – ages 8 to 12 - Budding scientists don a lab coat and prepare to have fun while conducting hands-on experiments in our lab!
If interested, 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 photos we've taken around Otter Point Creek and Leight Park and keep up to date about what is happening in the...
02/16/2019

Check out photos we've taken around Otter Point Creek and Leight Park and keep up to date about what is happening in the natural world around our center.

This weekend is the Great Backyard Bird Count and we’re celebrating today by filling our feeders to the top and spendi...
02/16/2019

This weekend is the Great Backyard Bird Count and we’re celebrating today by filling our feeders to the top and spending time counting the visitors! If you’d like to help, just let us know at the front desk when you arrive and we’ll give you the information you need to get started. Hope to see you here!

Photo Credit: National Audubon Society

We are looking for an Undergraduate Summer Research Intern! For more information, visit: www.otterpointcreek.org and cli...
02/14/2019

We are looking for an Undergraduate Summer Research Intern! For more information, visit: www.otterpointcreek.org and click “Research and Monitoring” or call 410-612-1688!

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700 Otter Point Rd
Abingdon, MD
21009

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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!

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