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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September 21, 2019
Children's Garden Club
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Get out the shovels and trowels to grow a garden full of fun! Cook, create, and explore while learning how a garden is connected to us and the wild world around us. This program is for ages 5 to 8 (w/adult).
September 21, 2019
Rumsey Island Kayak Adventure
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Discover hidden parts of the Gunpowder River on this island adventure! This is an approximately 5 mile round trip paddle; recommended for experienced kayakers. Participants meet at Mariner Point Park. This program is for ages 12 to adult, under 16 w/adult.
September 22, 2019
Tails and Tots
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Story time with a natural twist! Listen to stories, learn new songs, and move like the animals! This is a free drop-in program for ages 0 to 6 w/adult.
September 28, 2019
Birding By Boat
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Join birder, Phil Powers, on a search for the early migratory birds stopping to rest on Otter Point Creek. This program is for ages 8 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
September 28, 2019
Down by the Bay
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
This National Estuaries Day, explore Otter Point Creek, a local link to the bay. Hike along the water’s edge in search of plants and animals and catch fish using a 100 foot seine net! This program is for all ages, under 13 w/adult.
September 28, 2019
Spectacular Sunset Canoe
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
There is no better way to end a beautiful fall day than to view an awesome sunset display while floating on the tranquil waters of Otter Point Creek. Bring your camera and enjoy! This program is for ages 8 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
September 29, 2019
iNaturalist Trek
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Tap into your inner naturalist and spend time searching Leight Park for interesting plants and animals! Using the iNaturalist app, help us build up our biodiversity data and learn how you can utilize this program on other hiking adventures. This program is for all ages, under 13 w/adult.
September 29, 2019
Invasinators
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Become part of a volunteer team of invasive plant removers and native plant restorers. Learn why non-native invasive plants are a threat to our ecosystem, how to identify problem plants, and removal and restoration strategies. Wear sturdy shoes, long sleeves, and work gloves for field work in the Reserve each meeting date, weather permitting. This program is for ages 14 to adult.
October 5, 2019
Marsh Critters Kayak
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Estuaries and wetlands are home to an abundance of wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled while venturing into channels and backwaters of the Reserve, searching high and low for the critters that call this habitat home. This program is for ages 8 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
October 5, 2019
Critter Dinner Time
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Watch our turtles, fish and snakes eat while learning about these fascinating creatures. This is a free drop-in program for all ages.
October 5, 2019
Campfire - Game Night!
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Campfires aren’t just for s’mores anymore! Enjoy fun and games by firelight under the starry sky. Treats will be provided! Participants meet at the Pontoon Pier. This program is for ages 6 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
October 6, 2019
Farewell to Foliage and Feathers - Pontoon Boat Trip
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Scan the water and shoreline for fleeing feathered friends against a brilliant backdrop of early-turning scarlet foliage of black gum, dogwood, and Virginia creeper. Participants meet at the Estuary Center. This program is for ages 2 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
October 6, 2019
Tails and Tots
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Story time with a natural twist! Listen to stories, learn new songs, and move like the animals! This is a free drop-in program for ages 0 to 6 w/adult.
October 12, 2019
iNaturalist Trek
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Tap into your inner naturalist and spend time searching Leight Park for interesting plants and animals! Using the iNaturalist app, help us build up our biodiversity data and learn how you can utilize this program on other hiking adventures. This program is for all ages, under 13 w/adult.
October 12, 2019
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 13, 2019
Autumn on 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 paddle! This program is for ages 8 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
October 19, 2019
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 20, 2019
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.
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