Calendar of Events

All programs require registration unless otherwise noted. 

M = Member price; NM = Nonmember price


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.


Click here for online registration or call 410-612-1688.

Download a .pdf version of our fall calendar of events or our winter calendar of events.

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Nature Quest

11/30/2014 @ 12:00 pm-4:00 pmHike the Discovery Trail with your family team to complete all the questions and activities in the Discovery Trail Guide Book. Teams that turn in a book with all activities completed and questions answered correctly will receive a free one-year family membership.

Members Only - Dinosaur Park and Montpelier Mansion Holiday Tour

12/06/2014 @ 9:00 am-4:00 pmGet into the holiday spirit with a guided tour of Montpelier Mansion, including the Dinosaur Room with exhibits and hands-on activities. Venture back in time at Dinosaur Park, one of the most important active dinosaur sites east of the Mississippi. Dr. Peter Kranz and his assistants will be guiding us in sifting and identifying fossils. B.Y.O. $ for lunch at the Amish indoor market.

Compost Your Kitchen Scraps

12/06/2014 @ 10:00 am-11:30 amAttract microbes and tiny critters to decompose your food scraps by learning how to compost. See several composting methods and get the recipe for a rich addition to your garden and potting soils.

Changes of Winter Hike and Scavenger Hunt

12/06/2014 @ 1:00 pm-2:30 pmExplore the winter woods of Leight Park as we search high and low for signs of the season. Thaw out with warm refreshments upon returning to the Center.

Botany of Winter Celebrations

12/06/2014 @ 3:00 pm-4:00 pmNo, green needles don't always mean it's a pine. Bring in some needled tree samples, including a sprig from your Christmas tree, to learn how to identify trees that stay green all winter.



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.


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