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The Anita C. Leight Estuary Center Building is open to the public:

Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday - 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Leight Park
Open daily dawn to dusk
(Gates close at dusk)


410-612-1688 or 410-879-2000, ext. 1688
Fax: 410-612-0819
700 Otter Point Road, Abingdon, MD 21009


Located on the shores of Otter Point Creek, the Estuary Center is open to the public seven days a week, year round, except for holidays.  Join us for one of our many public education programs or events, including sunset canoe trips, blooming marsh kayak trips, Critter Cruise pontoon boat rides, and many other hands-on family science and nature programs.  Get wet and muddy as you volunteer to assist with our research and monitoring efforts like fish seining, Zooplankton monitoring, or marsh plant surveys. Stroll through the Visitor Center's hands-on exhibits to learn about Chesapeake Bay ecology and other fascinating facts about the local flora and fauna. Explore the Discovery Room, home to a 300-gallon freshwater turtle pond and other amazing critters.  Or just meander the 2 miles of hiking trails through dappled upland forests of black gum and maple trees.  No matter what you choose, just make sure to come see what the Estuary Center has to offer the whole family!

Inclement Weather Policy
If County Government opens on time and schools are closed, Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed to the public. If County Government opens on time and schools are delayed in opening, Parks and Recreation facilities will open at 10:00am. to the public.

For contact information or staff listing, see "About Us".

In our Reserve, please remember:Haford County Seal

  • No collecting of plants or animals
  • No bikes, horses, roller blades or skateboards
  • No metal detectors
  • No hunting
  • Dogs must be on leash to preserve research sites and ensure visitor safety. Owner is responsible for cleaning up after dog.


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