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 23, 2018
Black Friday Opt Outside Hike
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
With inspiration from the REI campaign, ACLEC and the Izaak Walton League are joining forces to encourage you to skip the stores and get outside this Black Friday! Meet us at the main parking lot at Jerusalem Mill to hike the trails along the Little Gunpowder River. Two options of hikes will be offered, a simpler one and a more challenging one. Participants meet at Jerusalem Mill. This program is for ages 8 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
November 24, 2018
Fort Building Fun
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Collect natural material and build a temporary fort in the woods of Leight Park. Learn how to make twine to lash your materials together. Participants meet at Pontoon Pier. This program is for ages 8 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
November 24, 2018
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. Participants meet at Bosely Conservancy. This program is for ages 8 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
November 25, 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 13 to adult, under 16 w/adult.
December 1, 2018
Caught on Camera
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Are animals still active in the cold winter months? We set up a trail camera to find out. Hike with us to retrieve the camera and return to the Center to sip hot chocolate and review our findings. This program is for ages 4 to adult, under 13 w/adult. Participants meet at Bosely Conservancy.
December 1, 2018
Nature-made Ugly Sweaters
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Let your creativity run wild while decorating funky and fresh holiday sweaters sure to win the prize at any Ugly Sweater party. Bring your own sweater, decorations provided by nature! This program is for ages 5 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
December 2, 2018
Trail Tracking
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Learn to identify footprints that belong to estuary critters. Take a short hike around the park and see what animals are out and about in the winter. This program is for ages 5 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
December 8, 2018
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 4 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
December 8, 2018
Dugout Canoe Workshop
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Learn and practice the methods used by Native Americans to carve canoes from trees. In this three-part series, learn a new piece of the process each month while building a dugout canoe for the Center! Traditional techniques will be followed as closely as possible to create this masterpiece. Dig into this exploration of history! This program is for ages 13 to adult.
December 9, 2018
Natural Ornament Workshop
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Make one-of-a-kind keepsake ornaments, as many as you want, from natural materials to cherish for years to come! Refreshments provided. This program is for all ages, under 13 w/adult.
December 15, 2018
DIY Snow Globes
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Shake up the winter season with a homemade snow globe! Start with a dash of winter figurines, add a spoonful of snowflakes, mix together with liquid, and shake! This program is for ages 4 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
December 15, 2018
Holiday Wreath Making Workshop
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Craft a festive wreath to deck your halls! We provide refreshments, fresh greens, 12” wreath s, and know how. You bring creativity! This program is for ages 8 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
December 16, 2018
Quartz Crystal Jewelry
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Design and create a bracelet, necklace or earrings with quartz crystals. Perfect for holiday gift giving, or keep it for yourself! All supplies provided. This program is for ages 8 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
December 16, 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.
December 22, 2018
Winter Solstice Celebration
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Celebrate the shortest day of the year. Cozy up around the pellet stove to listen to a story and sip hot chocolate. Follow up with a short hike to collect materials to create a solstice lantern for home. This program is for ages 4 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
December 22, 2018
Full Moon Campfire
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Did you know that winter is the best time for stargazing? View the full moon on this cool night with a campfire to keep us warm. This program is for ages 3 to adult, under 15 w/adult.
December 23, 2018
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.
December 29, 2018
Twiggy Creatures
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
The leaves have fallen and the forest is bare. Enter the woods to search for wildlife and to collect items to make a Twiggy creature! This program is for ages 4 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
December 29, 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.
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