Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

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Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
700 Otter Point Road
Abingdon, MD 21009
Phone: 410-612-1688
Website: http://www.otterpointcreek.org

Located on Otter Point Creek, this 600+ acre portion of the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve offers public programs including canoeing, nature hikes, and children's activities. Free Admission.

Naturalist led canoe and kayak trips, by registration only. Kayaks and canoes included with registration fee. Check website for calendar of events.

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May 26, 2018
Cameras and Kayaks
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
May is National Photography Month! Expand your photographic opportunities by embarking on a trip around the marsh to view eagles, wildflowers, and more. Bring your own camera and dry bags. You are responsible for the safety of your equipment. This program is for ages 15 to adult.
May 26, 2018
Waxing Moon Canoe
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
The moon will be well up and waxing, three days from full, presiding over the sunset during this close of day paddle. This program is for ages 10 to adult, under 18 w/adult.
May 27, 2018
Boating with Beaver at Bosely - Kayak
Bosely Conservancy
Explore the waters of Bosely Conservancy in search of this industrious keystone species. Discover signs of their handiwork and learn why they are so important! Participants meet at Bosely Conservancy. This program is for ages 8 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
June 2, 2018
21st Annual Wade In Festival
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Join us as we pull up our pant legs and wade into Otter Point Creek to measure water quality the way retired Maryland State Senator Bernie Fowler did 30 years ago with his “sneaker index.” No reservations needed. Activities include free pontoon boat rides and canoeing, fish seining, live animals, face painting, DPW’s Seymour Clearwater, fun with water chemistry, fish printing, decoy carving demos, and more! (No rain date.) Everyone is invited! No admission charge. Great fun for all ages!
June 3, 2018
Good Morning Marsh - Kayak
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
In the natural world the day begins early. Get up with the sun to see who’s “shaking a leg” in the wee hours of the morning, on the water and in the wetlands. This program is for ages 8 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
June 9, 2018
Critter Dinner TIme
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Watch our turtles, fish and snakes eat while learning more about these fascinating creatures. This is a free drop-in program for all ages.
June 10, 2018
Hurricanes
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
How are these intense storms formed? Where do they come from? How are they named, and what are “Categories”? Learn these things and more during this weather activity. This program is for ages 8 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
June 16, 2018
Invasinators
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Become part of the volunteer team of invasive plant removers and native plant restorers. Dress for the weather and be prepared to be working at both Leight Park and the Bosely Conservancy. This program is for ages 14 to adult.
June 17, 2018
Tails and Tots
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Explore nature through a story. Listen to a tale about an animal or a habitat. Story time may include meeting a live critter, a simple craft or acting out the story. This is a free drop-in program for ages 0 to 6 w/adult.
June 20, 2018
Juvenile Fish Survey Training Workshop
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Help OPCA collect fish population data that will be used to help determine the status of tidal freshwater fish in the upper Bush River. No experience is required. All training and equipment will be provided. (Dinner provided) Sampling dates are July 7 & 20, August 11 & 24, and September 7 & 22. This program is for ages 16 to adult.
June 23, 2018
Caught on Camera
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
What animals have been lurking in the Bosely woods? The wildlife cameras will tell us. To help retrieve the cameras, meet us at Bosely at 10:30 am. For viewing and refreshments only, meet us at the Center at 11:00 am. Participants meet at Bosely Conservancy. This program is for all ages, under 13 w/adult.
June 23, 2018
Summer Fairy Houses
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Imagine and construct the perfect home to attract the mythical woodland creatures known as fairies. Gather materials in our woods to make a fairy house for your own garden. This program is for all ages, under 13 w/adult.
June 24, 2018
Sunday Trail Running
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
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). This program is for ages 16 to adult.
June 26, 2018
Kayaking Adventures Summer Camp
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Experience the water of the upper Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries via kayak. Splash, paddle, and glide your way through games, wildlife discoveries, and fun on the water! This program is for ages 11 to 15.
June 27, 2018
Kayaking Adventures Summer Camp
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Experience the water of the upper Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries via kayak. Splash, paddle, and glide your way through games, wildlife discoveries, and fun on the water! This program is for ages 11 to 15.
June 28, 2018
Kayaking Adventures Summer Camp
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Experience the water of the upper Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries via kayak. Splash, paddle, and glide your way through games, wildlife discoveries, and fun on the water! This program is for ages 11 to 15.
June 29, 2018
Kayaking Adventures Summer Camp
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Experience the water of the upper Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries via kayak. Splash, paddle, and glide your way through games, wildlife discoveries, and fun on the water! This program is for ages 11 to 15.
June 30, 2018
Family Fun Pontoon
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Bring the entire family for a fun and entertaining boat ride, with nature observation, games and prizes! This program is for ages 2 to adult (must weight 30 lbs.), under 13 w/adult.
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