About Us

Through our partnerships with Harford County Parks and Recreation, Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve - Maryland (CBNERR-MD), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA), and the Otter Point Creek Alliance (OPCA), we offer school (including home school) programs, and public programs such as canoe, kayak, hiking, pontoon boat, craft, education, and research programs.

We're also a Green Center! Check it out!

 

WHAT IS THE ESTUARY CENTER?

What is the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center? The Anita C. Leight Estuary Center is the research and education facility of the Otter Point Creek component of the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Maryland. The Estuary Center is dedicated to increasing appreciation and understanding of estuaries. Long-term studies provide insights into bay ecology and management. Education based on this research fosters public support of these vital estuarine ecosystems. The Estuary Center and surrounding park are open to the public and offer many opportunities to explore and learn about the Chesapeake Bay.

 

HOURS OF OPERATION

Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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.
(Gates close at dusk)

 

CONTACT US

Phone: 410-612-1688 or 410-879-2000, ext. 1688
Fax: 410-612-1690
Email: aclec@harfordcountymd.gov
Address: 700 Otter Point Road, Abingdon, MD 21009

The Anita C. Leight Estuary Center is staffed by Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation:

Kriste S. Garman, Park Manager
ksgarman@harfordcountymd.gov

Lauren Greoski, Park Naturalist
lmgreoski@harfordcountymd.gov

Dawn Armstrong, Administrative Assistant
darmstrong@harfordcountymd.gov

James Simmons, Custodian II

 Weekend Naturalists:

  • Heather Braun
  • Fawn Palmer
  • Kim Peabody
  • Angela Yau
  • George Yorkston

Research Naturalist:

  • Kathy Baker-Brosh

 

Otter Point Creek is one of three components in the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Maryland. This Reserve is staffed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources:

Jenn Raulin, Maryland Reserve Program ManagerCBNERR-MD
410-260-8745
jraulin@dnr.state.md.us

Sasha Land, Coastal Training Program Coordinator
410-260-8718
sland@dnr.state.md.us

Vacant, Research Coordinator
410-260-8983

Chris Snow, Stewardship Coordinator
410-260-8731
csnow@dnr.state.md.us

Coreen Weilminster, Education Coordinator
410-260-8744
cweilminster@dnr.state.md.us

 

HOURS OF OPERATION

Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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