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Education & School Programs


The Center offers environmental programs for the general public year-round including arts & crafts, canoe and kayak, hiking, pontoon boat trips, festivals, birthday parties, and many more. These programs are listed in our quarterly calendar of events available on the website, via email or pick up a copy at the Center. Professional development, including workshops, seminars and green school support, is available periodically and listed on our website. Outreach programs are available upon request and staff availability.

Environmental Scholarships

The Otter Point Creek Alliance is offering one $500 scholarship for students in environmental sciences/education. Pick up an application in the guidance office of your school or download an application here. Deadline: May 1.

Education Trunks

Outreach self-contained educational boxes (trunks) for bats, black bear, white-tailed deer, furbearer, red fox, reptiles and amphibians, owls, wild turkeys, Growing Up Wild (Looking at Leaves, Who Lives in a Tree, Deep Blue Sea, Fishing Fun, Less is More), aquatic invasives, and nature arts and crafts can be borrowed free of charge for a two-week period by contacting the Center.

School Programs

Educational programs, outreach experiences, and field trip opportunities are available for grades 2 through 12 that provide a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE), including preparation, action, and reflection. Programs can also be customized to meet your specific curriculum requirements. Additionally, we offer preschool, homeschool, and college level experiences.

Complimentary activities for Bay Grasses in Classes and Chesapeake Bay Ecology may be available.

School Programs Grades 2-5

School Programs Grades 6-12

Preschool Programs

Homeschool Programs


For more information or to register your group for a school program, please contact:

Lauren Pathoumthong, Park Naturalist
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Harford County Parks & Recreation
Phone: 410-612-1688
Fax: 410-612-0819



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.



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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