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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April 30, 2017
Sketching Spring
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Explore your artsy side while drawing and learning about some of nature’s signs of spring. Both beginner and accomplished artists welcome! This program is for adults.
May 5, 2017
Jerusalem Mill Bird Walk
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Practice your birding skills while hiking the trails of Jerusalem Mill with the Harford County Bird Club. Participants meet at the Jerusalem Mill This program is for ages 10 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
May 6, 2017
Marsh Bloom Time Monitoring
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
We have created a Marsh Plant Phenology Monitoring Trail and seek to train and schedule volunteers to assist with the project. Learn how tracking the timing of life stages of plants helps us study climate change effects, using world-wide databases. Volunteers must be able to safely and comfortably paddle a canoe—all monitoring is from a boat. A monitoring schedule will be created at the time of the training. This program is for ages 16 to adult.
May 6, 2017
Bush River Headwaters Exploration Kayak
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Discover wonders where Bynum and James Run converge, quietly exploring the wetlands with spring birds and beauty abounding. Participants meet off of Rt. 40 and Pamela Dr. This program is for ages 8 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
May 7, 2017
River Tunes Pontoon
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Meander around the Bush River on a beautiful spring morning and sing along with our guest guitarist, Spice, as she leads us in songs of the water. Participants meet at Estuary Center. This program is for ages 6 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
May 7, 2017
Meet a Critter
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Check out one of our live critters up close while discovering what makes that animal special. This is a free drop-in program for all ages.
May 13, 2017
Days Cove Bird Walk
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Explore the grounds of Days Cove with the Harford County Bird Club searching for migratory and resident bird species. Participants meet at Days Cove This program is for ages 10 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
May 13, 2017
Mom and Me on the Marsh Pontoon
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Treat mom to a relaxing cruise on the creek. Help yourself to a delicious local brunch as you search for wild animal moms with their babies. This program is for ages 30 lbs. to adult, under 13 w/adult.
May 13, 2017
Scavenger Hunt Canoe
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
See how many animals and plants you can spot on this paddle around the creek! Everyone will receive a scavenger hunt list. Whoever finds and correctly identifies the most items wins a prize! This program is for ages 8 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
May 14, 2017
Honor Mother Bird
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Feathered moms, just like human moms, work hard to help their babies grow. Find out what these feathered families are like and make a Mother’s Day inspired bird feeder to hang in your yard. This program is for ages 6 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
May 20, 2017
Children’s Gardening
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Have fun growing food and flowers. Enjoy crafts, games, and science disguised as messy fun. Learn about seeds, life cycles, bugs, and cooking the food you grow! The topic will be Planting Party. This program is for children ages 5 to 10.
May 20, 2017
Rowdy Raptors Kayak
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Turn off those TV’s and hop into a kayak. The real action can be found on Otter Point Creek! Look to the skies, tree lines, and water for the range of raptors who visit daily. Identify the unique adaptations that make these birds successful inhabitants of the creek. This program is for ages 8 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
May 20, 2017
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.
May 20, 2017
Date Night Dinner Pontoon Cruise
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Relax with your sweetie as you float down the Bush River. Watch the sun slip below the horizon while enjoying a delicious dinner. Participants meet at Estuary Center This program is for ages 18 and up.
May 21, 2017
Variety is the Spice of Life
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
In celebration of World Biodiversity Day, paddle at daybreak in search of the diverse life, both plant and animal, that thrives in the tidal freshwater habitat of Otter Point Creek. Contribute observations to worldwide citizen science biodiversity databases. This program is for ages 8 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
May 21, 2017
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.
May 27, 2017
Birding By Boat
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Join birder, Phil Powers, on a search for the beautiful marsh birds of Otter Point Creek. This program is for ages 8 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
June 3, 2017
20th Annual Wade-In Festival
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Join us as we pull up our pants legs and wade into Otter Point Creek to measure water quality the way retired Maryland State Senator Bernie Fowler did 29 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! 
 
Everyone is invited! No admission charge. Great fun for all ages!
October 21, 2017
Halloween Hike and Campfire
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
SAVE the DATE
 
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