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Welcome to the Estuary Center

As one of the facilities of Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation, our mission is to increase awareness, understanding, and appreciation of estuarine ecosystems through research, monitoring, and education.

We are one of the few remaining large freshwater tidal marshes in the upper Chesapeake Bay accessible to the public. Otter Point Creek is a shallow tributary located at the headwaters of the Bush River in southern Harford County, MD. The Otter Point Creek Component consists of two land areas (Leight Park and the Melvin G. Bosely Conservancy) connected by 261 acres of shallow open water. Leight Park is 93 forested acres owned by Harford County Parks and Recreation and home to the Estuary Center. The Bosely Conservancy is 350 acres of tidal marsh and wooded wetlands owned by the Izaak Walton League of America - Harford County Chapter.

Through our partnerships with Harford County and the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (CBNERR), we offer public, private/group, and school (including home school) programs. Program activities include canoeing, kayaking, pontoon boating, crafts, hiking, education, animal encounters, and research.

Friends of the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center Video

Check out this great YouTube video highlighting the things you can see and do at the Estuary Center.

Graduate Fellowship Opportunity

Are you interested in an exciting research and professional development opportunity? This is a new two-year fellowship focused on field research within the nation's diverse estuaries. Apply for one of the 29 fellowships available through NERRS. The Margaret A Davidson Graduate Fellowship is accepting applications through December 20!  This new two-year fellowship will result in one fellow/reserve starting late Summer 2020. Click here to download a flyer or go to https://www.coast.noaa.gov/nerrs/research/davidson-fellowship.html for more information or to apply!

Join us and see what you can discover at the Estuary Center!

Donate to the ACLEC Environmental Scholarship Fund and encourage environmental education!

 

HOURS OF OPERATION

Monday thru Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.

 

eCALENDAR

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SUPPORT OTTER POINT
CREEK ALLIANCE

OPCA is a non-profit organization
which supports all the great opportunities and programs at the Estuary Center. Find out more click here.

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Anita C. Leight Estuary Center / 700 Otter Point Road, Abingdon MD 21009 / 410-612-1688