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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November 25, 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.
November 25, 2017
Kid's Kooky Science Experiments
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Bring your budding scientists to participate in hands-on experiments in our laboratory! Lab coats will be worn and fun will be had while learning about how the world around us works. This program is for ages 8 to 12 (adult need not stay).
November 25, 2017
Owl Prowl
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
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. This program is for ages 8 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
November 26, 2017
Sunday Trail Running Series
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.
December 2, 2017
Holiday Greens Galore Workshop
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Craft a wreath or swag to brighten your indoor or outdoor holiday decor. Locally sourced greens and refreshments provided. This program is for ages 8 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
December 2, 2017
Low Tide Exploration
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Bundle up to explore the shoreline of Otter Point Creek. With binoculars and scavenger hunts in hand, we’ll see what the low tide has uncovered. Warm refreshments provided. This program is for ages 6 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
December 3, 2017
Natural Ornament Workshop
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Create unique ornaments using natural materials. Refreshments will be offered to aid your creativity. This program is for all ages, under 13 w/adult.
December 3, 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.
December 9, 2017
Birding for Beginners at Mariner Point Park
Mariner Point Park
Join birder Phil Powers and the Harford County Bird Club early in the morning to search this beautiful park for our feathered friends. Participants meet at Mariner Point Park. This program is for ages 8 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
December 9, 2017
A Hunt for Tracks
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Although wildlife is quick to hide when people are around, they do leave signs and tracks for us to find along the ground! Bring fresh eyes and proper footwear to search the trails of Bosely Conservancy for signs of wildlife. Participants meet at Bosely Conservancy. This program is for ages 6 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
December 9, 2017
Gingerbread What??
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Construct gingerbread “cabins” with an eco-friendly, delicious landscape! Give away as a gift or keep for later as a sweet snack. This program is for ages 6 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
December 10, 2017
Winter Woodland Animal Workshop
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Get crafty with nature’s art supplies! Use a completed owl and fox as models, or create something unique. We supply a wide variety of natural materials from which you can choose, limited only by your imagination. This program is for all ages, under 13 w/adult.
December 16, 2017
Beautiful Bountiful Bark
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
The leaves are gone but the bark’s still there! Hike the trails of Leight Park to investigate different trees and how their bark can be a helpful tool in identification. Make a rubbing to keep and enjoy a tasty “bark” treat. This program is for all ages, under 13 w/adult.
December 16, 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.
December 16, 2017
Estuary Elves
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
The elves are at it again! They’ve left a puzzle for you to solve with clues scattered along the trail. Let the Naturalist be your guide as you hike through the woods to find the answer. Solve it and there will be a surprise! This program is for ages 6 to 12 w/adult. 
December 17, 2017
Name that Tree - Winter Edition
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
When is a “pine” tree really a spruce? Is it a fir tree or a cedar? Bring a twig from your Christmas tree and/or several other needled shrubs or trees to learn how to identify conifers. This program is for ages 8 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
December 17, 2017
Sweet as a Sugar Maple
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Syrup from trees? Who knew? Celebrate National Maple Syrup Day by exploring the process that Native Americans used to turn sap into maple syrup. Conduct a blind taste test to see if you can pick out the real maple syrup! This program is for ages 6 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
December 23, 2017
Winter Discovery Hike
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Winter is perceived as a quiet, slumbering season. Hike the Leight Park trails to discover evidence that just might paint a different picture of winter in the forest! Warm up fingers and toes with a cup of hot chocolate around the wood stove. This program is for all ages, under 13 w/adult. 
December 23, 2017
Winter Solstice Hike and Campfire
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
The winter season is setting in and life near the estuary is slowing down. Venture onto the trails of Leight Park in search of the changes then warm up by a campfire with roasted treats. Participants meet at Pontoon Pier. This program is for ages 6 to adult, under 13 w/adult. 
December 24, 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. 
December 30, 2017
Let It Snow
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Embrace winter weather. Celebrate the white stuff through stories, crafts, and a walk in the woods. Warm up with hot chocolate and tasty treats. This program is for ages 3 to 6 w/adult. 
December 31, 2017
Holiday Open House
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Gather up your family and guests and drop in to the Estuary Center for a relaxing afternoon visit with the naturalist, celebrating a year of accomplishments, taking a holiday themed photo with the critters, and enjoying light refreshments. This is a free drop-in program for all ages.
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