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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.

 

Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, the Estuary Center will be closed until further notice. Leight Park will still be open dawn to dusk for hiking and exploration. Make sure to wear masks and pracitce social distancing.

 

Virtual Programs Found Here!

We have launched our YouTube Channel through Friends of Anita C. Leight Estuary Center with virtual programs for you to enjoy! Since we can’t meet with you in person, we hope these videos will give you a piece of the Estuary Center and our programming during this time of social distancing. Feel free to comment and share with friends and family. Check back in regularly for new videos, and if you have an idea on a video topic, let us know by contacting our Park Naturalist, Lauren, at lmgreoski@harfordcountymd.gov.

YouTube Link

 

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

 

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

eco friendly parties click here

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