Anita C. Leight Estuary Center posted by OPCA

A place to learn, connect, and become inspired by a unique estuarine ecosystem.

The Anita C. Leight Estuary Center is owned and operated by Harford County Parks and Recreation in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Izaak Walton League of America, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and our local non-profit Otter Point Creek Alliance (OPCA).

The Estuary Center is the research and education facility of the Otter Point Creek component of the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Abingdon, Maryland. We are dedicated to increasing appreciation and understanding of estuaries. The Estuary Center and surrounding Leight Park are open to the public and offer many opportunities to explore and learn about the Chesapeake Bay. Come by and check us out!

Mission: Our mission is to increase awareness, understanding, and appreciation of estuarine ecosystems through research, monitoring, and education.

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Anita C Leight Estuary Center Events

It's gonna be a great weekend at the Estuary Center!
28th Annual Marsh Clean-Up at the Bosely Conservancy - Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Ages 8 to adult – Help clean up Otter Point Creek Marsh!
Spring Stream Study - Sun., 10 - 11:30 a.m., $3/person – ages 5 to adult - Sample the stream for bugs and discover salamanders, frogs, crayfish, and spring wildflowers!
Invasinators - Sun., 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., - Become part of a volunteer team of invasive plant removers and native plant restorers.
The Mystery of John Smith's Chesapeake Cross Markers - Sun., 1 - 3 p.m., Free – Ages 13 to adult - Join us for a fascinating afternoon of discovery as poet/ author/historians Ed and Connie weave a tale of exploration, geography, research, cartography, and Chesapeake mystery.
Meet a Critter – Free Drop-in program for all ages - Sun., March 24 at 2:30 pm. - Check out one of our live critters up close while discovering what makes that animal special.

If interested, find more information and how to register at http://www.otterpointcreek.org/events/. Call us at 410-612-1688 if you have any questions.

otterpointcreek.org Programs listed in the calendar are for individuals and families. If you have a group, such as scouts, that would like a program, please contact the Estuary Center or complete and return our Program Request Form.

We have some great news! That bird off in the distance is our resident Osprey! Spring is close 🌱🌸 #theestuarycenter #otterpointcreek #springisintheair

The Mystery of John Smith's Chesapeake Cross Markers by the Chesapeake Conservancy has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 24, from 1-3pm. Go online - https://otterpointcreek.visionproregistration.com/families/login - or call the Center at 410-612-1688 to register!

It's starting to feel like spring. Come on out to the Estuary Center for some great spring activities!

Critter Dinner Time – Sat., March 16 at 10:30 a.m. - Free drop in program for all ages! Watch our turtles, fish and snakes eat while learning more about these fascinating creatures.
Tree Talk - Sat., March 16 - 11:30 am – 1 p.m., $5/person – ages 10 – adult - Take a hike among the trees to mark the International Day of Forests then head back to the Center for an easy and fun nature-inspired craft.
The Science of Clouds - Sat., March 16 - 2 - 3:30 pm, $3/child – ages 5-10 w/adult - Examine clouds from the outside in, from outward appearance to inner workings. Includes an experiment and cloud themed treat!
Water Watch - Sun., March 17 - 2 - 3:30 pm, $3/person – ages 8 to adult - Use the same tools as scientists to evaluate the water quality of Otter Point Creek while learning about the importance of available clean water! Perform hands-on water testing to celebrate World Water Day!
If interested, find more information and how to register at http://www.otterpointcreek.org/events/. Call us at 410-612-1688 if you have any questions.

Our terrapin is getting ready for spring, are you?? #theestuarycenter #springisclose

There is still plenty of space in our Owl Prowl tonight! If you're interested in joining us you can still register here: https://secure.rec1.com/MD/harford-county-md/catalog/index/500ddc385389b583817c1df8986b664f?filter=c2VhcmNoPW93bA==

March is almost here and the Estuary has some great programs to welcome it this weekend:
Seashell Paint - Sat., 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., $7/person - ages 5 to adult - Make your own natural paint using seashells!
Owl Prowl - Sat., 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., $5/person - ages 8 to adult - Explore the Bosely Conservancy woods to learn about and locate owls!
Tails and Tots -Sun. at 12:30 p.m. - Free Drop-In Program for ages 0 to 6 w/adult - Story time with a natural twist!
DIY Bug Hotel - Sun., 2:30 - 4:00 p.m., $10/person – ages 5 to adult - Attract bugs and bees to your yard and garden with a bug hotel!
If interested, find more information and how to register at http://www.otterpointcreek.org/events/. Call us at 410-612-1688 if you have any questions.

This weekend we've got some great programs for all ages:
Critter Dinner Time – Sat., February 23 at 1:30 p.m. – Free drop-in program for all ages -Watch our turtles, fish and snakes eat and learn more about these fascinating creatures.
Marsh Fairy Lanterns - Sat., 10:30am - 12pm, $10/project – ages 8 – adult - Create a beautiful, decorative lantern that is reminiscent of the lush world of marsh fairies in the summer season.
Kid's Kooky Science Experiments - Sun., 1:30 - 3pm, $5/child – ages 8 to 12 - Budding scientists don a lab coat and prepare to have fun while conducting hands-on experiments in our lab!
If interested, find more information and how to register at http://www.otterpointcreek.org/events/. Call us at 410-612-1688 if you have any questions.

Check out photos we've taken around Otter Point Creek and Leight Park and keep up to date about what is happening in the natural world around our center.

Check out photos we've taken around Otter Point Creek and Leight Park and keep up to date about what is happening in the natural world around our center.

This weekend is the Great Backyard Bird Count and we’re celebrating today by filling our feeders to the top and spending time counting the visitors! If you’d like to help, just let us know at the front desk when you arrive and we’ll give you the information you need to get started. Hope to see you here!

Photo Credit: National Audubon Society

We are looking for an Undergraduate Summer Research Intern! For more information, visit: www.otterpointcreek.org and click “Research and Monitoring” or call 410-612-1688!

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Anita C Leight Estuary Center Events

Got some great programs coming up this weekend!
Frozen Marsh Walk - Sat. 10-11:30 am, Free – Ages 6-adult - Step into another world while exploring areas of Bosely Conservancy, trekking into the woods and onto the frozen marsh.
Dugout Canoe Workshop -Sat. 1-3:30 pm, $3/person – ages 13-adult - Learn and practice the methods used by Native Americans to carve canoes from trees. Traditional techniques will be followed as closely as possible to create this masterpiece.
Buds and Bark Tree ID - Sun.1-2:30 pm, $3/person – ages 11-adult - Deciduous trees can be tricky to identify in the winter because their leaves have fallen. Hike to identify some key characteristics to help figure out which is which. Warm up by the fire with hot chocolate afterwards!
MEET A CRITTER – Free Drop-In Program for All Ages! Sun., at 3:30 p.m. - Check out one of our live critters up close while discovering what makes that animal special.
If interested, find more information and how to register at http://www.otterpointcreek.org/events/. Call us at 410-612-1688 if you have any questions.

otterpointcreek.org Programs listed in the calendar are for individuals and families. If you have a group, such as scouts, that would like a program, please contact the Estuary Center or complete and return our Program Request Form.

Looking for some fun activities to do this weekend with the kids? Check out the programs we have! If interested, find more information and how to register at http://www.otterpointcreek.org/events/. Call us at 410-612-1688 if you have any questions.
Camouflage 101 - Sat. - 1-2:30 pm, $6/child - ages 10 to 15 - Use camo face paint to "hide in plain sight"!
Chilly Chemistry - Sat. - 3-4:30 pm, $5/child – ages 3-10 w/adult - Discover the science behind winter weather with experiments and activities!
Bee Nature's Valentine - Sun. 2-3:30 pm, $3/project – All ages! Create seed paper valentines!

Bring your family out to the Center this Sunday and learn how to make Snow Slime! Create something fun and messy from 1-2pm and only $5/project! If interested, find more information and how to register at http://www.otterpointcreek.org/events/. Call us at 410-612-1688 if you have any questions.

A great time was had by all at our Family Paint Night at Leight!

We have exciting news! The Estuary Center will be getting a Nature Play Space right off of the Discovery Trail, thanks to Chesapeake Conservation Corps intern Olivia. A Nature Play Space is made of natural materials to inspire play and learning in the outdoors. We’d love to hear from all of you on what you’d like to see in this space. Leave your comments below (photos too!) to inspire the planning and construction!

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Anita C Leight Estuary Center Events

Don't let the weather keep you inside this weekend! We have some great programs planned!
All About Owls - Sat., January 19 - 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., $3/person - Ages 4 to adult
Owl Prowl - Sat., January 19 - 5:00 - 6:30 p.m., $5/person - Ages 8 to adult
Bosely Winter Wonders Photography Hike - Sun., January 20 - 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., $3/person - Ages 10 to adult
If interested, find more information and how to register at http://www.otterpointcreek.org/events/. Call us at 410-612-1688 if you have any questions.

otterpointcreek.org Programs listed in the calendar are for individuals and families. If you have a group, such as scouts, that would like a program, please contact the Estuary Center or complete and return our Program Request Form.

[01/13/19]   The Estuary Center is closed today due to inclement weather. All programs are postponed or cancelled.

The lovely Otter Point Creek on this cold, windy day 💕

Otter Point Creek Alliance and Anita C. Leight Estuary Center will be presenting The Mystery of John Smith's Chesapeake Cross Markers by the Chesapeake Conservancy this Sunday, January 13, from 3-5pm. Go online - https://otterpointcreek.visionproregistration.com/families/login - or call the Center at 410-612-1688 to register!

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Anita C Leight Estuary Center Events

Looking for a fun activity to do this weekend? Check out the programs we have available! If interested, find more information and how to register at http://www.otterpointcreek.org/events/. Call us at 410-612-1688 if you have any questions.

Earth in a Glass Bowl - Sat., January 5 - 10:30 a.m. - 12p.m., $18/project - Ages 12 - adult - Create a mini Earth terrarium
Winter Sunshine Hike - Sat., January 5 - 1-2p.m., Free - Ages 5 - adult - Resolve to fight the wintertime blues - hike our beautiful trails!
Otterly Fun Afternoon - Sun., January 6 - 1-2:30 p.m. - $3/person - Ages 3 - adult - Play like an otter, communicate like an otter, and take a hike to see where they live!
Tails & Tots - Sun., January 6 at 3:30 p.m. - Free - Drop-in Program - Ages 0 - 6 w/adult - Explore nature through a story.

otterpointcreek.org Programs listed in the calendar are for individuals and families. If you have a group, such as scouts, that would like a program, please contact the Estuary Center or complete and return our Program Request Form.

Yesterday we celebrated the winter solstice with lanterns and a campfire!

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Anita C Leight Estuary Center Events

We've got some great programs coming up this weekend!
On Saturday - December 22:
Winter Solstice Celebration - from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., only $3/person - Celebrate the shortest day of the year. Cozy up around the pellet stove, listen to a story, sip hot chocolate and take a short hike to collect materials to create a solstice lantern. For ages 4 to adult, under 13 w/adult.
Full Moon Campfire - from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., $5/person - 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.
PLUS - Two Free Drop-in Programs for all ages on Sunday - December 23:
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE - 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. - 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 enjoy light refreshments.
MEET A CRITTER - 1:00 p.m. - Check out one of our live critters up close while discovering what makes that animal special.
If you're interested, find more information and how to register at http://www.otterpointcreek.org/events/. Call us at 410-612-1688 if you have any questions.

otterpointcreek.org Programs listed in the calendar are for individuals and families. If you have a group, such as scouts, that would like a program, please contact the Estuary Center or complete and return our Program Request Form.

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Design and create a bracelet, necklace or earrings with quartz crystals. Perfect for holiday gift giving! All supplies provided. If you're interested, find more information and how to register at http://www.otterpointcreek.org/events/. Call us at 410-612-1688 if you have any questions.

Design and create a bracelet, necklace or earrings with quartz crystals. Perfect for holiday gift giving! All supplies provided. If you're interested, find more information and how to register at http://www.otterpointcreek.org/events/. Call us at 410-612-1688 if you have any questions.

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Anita C Leight Estuary Center Events

Looking for an activity to do this weekend? Check out the programs we have available! If you're interested, you can find more information and how to register at http://www.otterpointcreek.org/events/. Call us at 410-612-1688 if you have any questions.

DIY Snow Globes
Sat., December 15
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., $5/project

Holiday Wreath Making Workshop
Sat., December 15
2:00 - 4:00 p.m., $10/project

Quartz Crystal Jewelry
Sun., December 16
1:00 - 2:00 p.m., $10/project

TAILS AND TOTS - 0 TO 6 W/ADULT.
Sun., December 16 at 3:00 p.m.

otterpointcreek.org Programs listed in the calendar are for individuals and families. If you have a group, such as scouts, that would like a program, please contact the Estuary Center or complete and return our Program Request Form.

Looking for an activity to do this weekend? Check out the programs we have available! If you're interested, you can find more information and how to register at http://www.otterpointcreek.org/events/. Call us at 410-612-1688 if you have any questions.

Stop by and visit our gift shop. We have a new shipment of Jabebo earrings and they make great holiday gifts! Only $12/pair!

Caught on Camera!

Check out who we caught sneaking around Bosely Conservancy! We set up a trail camera for our Caught on Camera program and we were pleasantly surprised to see that this animal made it onto our footage :)

Photo's taken with our trail camera

Bosely Conservancy - Orange Trail

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Anita C Leight Estuary Center Events

Are you looking for something fun to do this weekend? We have lots of fun programs coming up!

Saturday, December 1
10:30 am - 12 pm - Caught on Camera
2:00 - 3:30 pm - Nature-made Ugly Sweaters

Sunday, December 2
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm - Name that Tree - Winter Edition!
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm - Trail Tracking

You can find more information and details to register on our website http://www.otterpointcreek.org/events/

Call us at 410-612-1688 if you have any questions. We hope to see you this weekend!

otterpointcreek.org Programs listed in the calendar are for individuals and families. If you have a group, such as scouts, that would like a program, please contact the Estuary Center or complete and return our Program Request Form.

This black Friday we joined forces with Izaak Walton League of America - Harford County to get people out of the malls and onto the trails. Here are a few photos from the two hikes we led at Jerusalem Mill. We had a great turn out and a great time with everyone who joined!

A Feast for the Birds

Check out this American Robin feasting on the winterberry around the Estuary Center! Along with putting out seed for the birds, you can also plant native plants that provide berries for them throughout the winter. This video was taken by Shawn, one of our teenage volunteers.

We still have plenty of space on Saturday night's Owl Prowl!

To register, visit: https://secure.rec1.com/MD/harford-county-md/catalog/index/65ff196d9cacecaf32328a9ad7b7ed8d?filter=c2VhcmNoPW93bA==

We still have plenty of space for our Kitchen Chemistry program tomorrow!

To register, visit http://www.otterpointcreek.org/events/details/2085/

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Anita C Leight Estuary Center Events

Are you looking for something fun to do this weekend?!? We have a schedule full of programs!

Saturday, November 17th
8:30 am to 10:00 am - Gratitude Hike
10:30 am to 12:00 pm - Kitchen Chemistry
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm - Herp Hibernation
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm - Invasinators

Sunday, November 18th
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm - Where Do the Wild Things Go?
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm - Tails and Tots

You can find more information and details to register on our website http://www.otterpointcreek.org/events/

Call us at 410-612-1688 if you have any questions. We hope to see you this weekend!

otterpointcreek.org Programs listed in the calendar are for individuals and families. If you have a group, such as scouts, that would like a program, please contact the Estuary Center or complete and return our Program Request Form.

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We offer programs for school groups (home school as well) and the public which include canoe and kayak trips, hiking, pontoon boat rides, crafts, summer camps, citizen science, and research. Most of our programs are at a low cost and some are even free. Go to our website www.otterpointcreek.org for more details about upcoming programs and register today!
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