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Summer Nature Camps

Hop, crawl or swim your way to Leight Park to join one of our summer camps for kids ages 5-17. Paddle the watery world of Otter Point Creek, explore the forest habitat, track down the wild and green things that live around us, and investigate the mysteries of nature in our science lab. Dare to adventure the out of doors and see what fun nature exploration can be!

Click here for online registration.

For more information, call the Center 410-612-1688 or email aclec@harfordcountymd.gov.

Campers bring a lunch and refillable water bottle each day (no glass)

All camps require registration. Space is limited so early registration is recommended. M = Member price; NM = Nonmember price


2018 Summer Camp Calendar coming March 1!

Imagi-Nature Tues. - Fri., July 5 - 8
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Ages: 8 - 11 Fee: $99/M; $110/NM
Let your imagination run wild with Mother Nature! We’ll spend time on the trails, in the water, around the gardens, and more as we look for inspiration to create, play, and explore. Canoe trip on the last day.
Estuary Detectives Mon. - Fri., July 11 - 15
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Ages: 5 - 7 Fee: $99/M; $110/NM
Have you ever wondered why birds fly and fish swim? How trees grow tall and strong? We will investigate to find answers on how we are similar to, yet different from, the inhabitants of the natural world through exploration, experiments, hikes and crafts. 
WOWW - Wonders of Water and Wetlands Mon. - Thurs., July 18 - 21
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Ages: 8 - 11 Fee: $99/M; $110/NM
Submerge yourself in games, critters, and crafts related to water and aquatic life. Get your hands wet as we explore our tidal creek, wetlands, marsh, and pools. Canoe trip on the last day.
Bay Ranger Camp Mon. - Thurs., July 25 - 28
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Ages: 11 - 14 Fee: $108/M; $120/NM
Immerse yourself in the great outdoors with canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and more. We’ll explore the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, what problems it’s facing, and what we can do to help!
In, On, and Through the Water Mon. - Thurs., August 1 - 4
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Ages: 13 - 17 Fee: $108/M; $120/NM
Explore the watery world of Leight Park and beyond. Dare to adventure by canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling, and tubing off-site. Delve into the depths of Leight Park with fishing, stream-walking, hiking, and seining.
Critters of the Creek Mon. - Thurs., August 8 - 11
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Ages: 8 - 11 Fee: $99/M; $110/NM
Get up close and personal with the animals of the estuary, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians,
and fish. Canoe trip on the last day.



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