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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October 20, 2018
Halloween Hike and Campfire
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
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. 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
October 21, 2018
Pumpkin Chunkin' Hike
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
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! This program is for all ages, under 13 w/adult.
October 21, 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.
October 22, 2018
Nature Playgroup
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
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. Topics will include bears, spiders, bird migration, leaves, bats, and turkeys. This program is for children ages 0 to 5 (w/adult).
October 22, 2018
Nature Tots
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
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. Topics will include bears, spiders, bird migration, leaves, bats, and turkeys. This program is for children ages 2 & 3 (w/adult).
October 25, 2018
Kayak Cruising on the Creek
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Nudge around the endless nooks and crannies of Otter Point Creek and the upper Bush River with an adults only group. Choose one trip or all five to track the changes on the water through the fall season of migration and color change. This program is for adults.
October 27, 2018
Colors of the Creek Canoe
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
See the trees of Otter Point Creek set ablaze with the colors of fall. A photographer's dream! This program is for ages 8 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
October 27, 2018
Fall 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 backyard. This program is for all ages, under 13 w/adult.
October 27, 2018
Pumpkin Party
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Who doesn’t love pumpkins around Halloween? “Get your pumpkin on” while carving pumpkins, making a seed craft, and enjoying a pumpkin treat. This program is for all ages, under 13 w/adult.
October 27, 2018
Haunted Pontoon Cruise
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Venture upon the dark waters of the upper Bush river while stewing in ghostly tales and ghastly folklore. This program is for ages 8 to adult, under 16 w/adult.
October 28, 2018
Spooky Science
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Explore spooky science! Learn about real world monsters and make creepy concoctions. Be ready to get messy! This program is for children ages 5 to 10 w/adult.
October 28, 2018
Skeleton Leaf Project
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Following a short hike to collect natural supplies, use chemistry to transform leaves into skeletons! Arrange the leaf skeletons to create beautiful artwork. This program is for ages 8 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
October 29, 2018
Nature Playgroup
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
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. Topics will include bears, spiders, bird migration, leaves, bats, and turkeys. This program is for children ages 0 to 5 (w/adult).
October 29, 2018
Nature Tots
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
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. Topics will include bears, spiders, bird migration, leaves, bats, and turkeys. This program is for children ages 2 & 3 (w/adult).
November 3, 2018
Shoreline Treasures
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
After low tide arrives and the shoreline has emerged, discover the treasures normally hidden beneath the water. Let creativity be your guide as you collect items to design a treasure of your own. This program is for ages 4 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
November 3, 2018
Autumn Color Chemistry
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Why do leaves change color in the fall? Why are some autumns prettier than others? And no, Jack Frost has NOTHING to do with it. Bring in leaves from your trees and take part in a hands-on lab to learn about the chemistry of autumn color. This program is for ages 8 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
November 3, 2018
Canoe by the Stars
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Glide through the late evening hours using the original navigational system, the stars. Explore the sky above and let the stars be your guide. Leave the GPS at home! This program is for ages 12 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
November 4, 2018
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.
November 4, 2018
Seedy Feeders
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Construct a natural bird feeder to help our feathered friends prepare for the coming cold. Bring your creative mind and we will supply the materials. This program is for all ages, under 13 w/adult.
November 5, 2018
Nature Playgroup
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
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. Topics will include bears, spiders, bird migration, leaves, bats, and turkeys. This program is for children ages 0 to 5 (w/adult).
November 5, 2018
Nature Tots
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
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. Topics will include bears, spiders, bird migration, leaves, bats, and turkeys. This program is for children ages 2 & 3 (w/adult).
November 8, 2018
Kayak Cruising on the Creek
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Nudge around the endless nooks and crannies of Otter Point Creek and the upper Bush River with an adults only group. Choose one trip or all five to track the changes on the water through the fall season of migration and color change. This program is for adults.
November 10, 2018
Gobble Gobble
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
The wild turkey served as the main course for the first Thanksgiving meal. Connect with this emblematic bird, learning where it lives and what it eats. Create a turkey-themed craft. This program is for ages 4 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
November 11, 2018
Fall Discovery Hike
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
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. This program is for all ages, under 13 w/adult.
November 17, 2018
Gratitude Hike
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Science has shown that practicing gratitude increases happiness. In this season of Thanksgiving, take a moment out of your busy life to stroll through the woods of Leight Park with a naturalist as your guide, drawing on the calming beauty of nature to allow you to focus on all things for which you are grateful. This program is for adults.
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