Harford County's Doorway to the Chesapeake Bay
Family-friendly activities to help you learn, experience and bond with nature.
Canoeing, Kayaking, Crafts, Hiking, Summer Camp,
Nature Education, Animal Encounters, Research and More!
Who are we?
Otter Point Creek Alliance is the “friends of” volunteer group that helps make good things happen at the Estuary Center. We support the staff to make the programs, grounds, exhibits and trails fun, educational, accessible, and safe.
Explore the Estuary
What is the ACLEC?
Located on the shores of Otter Point Creek, the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center is open to the public seven days a week, except for Sundays in the winter and on holidays. Join us for one of our many public education programs or events,
including sunset canoe trips, marsh kayak trips, and many other hands-on family science and nature programs.
Get wet and muddy volunteering 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 two miles of hiking trails through dappled upland forests of black gum and maple trees.
Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve empowers and inspires stewards of Maryland’s natural places by studying, teaching, and connecting people to estuaries.
The League takes a common-sense approach toward protecting our country's natural heritage and improving outdoor recreation opportunities for all Americans.