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Wildlife Identification Hike

The Anita C. Leight Estuary Center 700 Otter Point Road, Abingdon, MD

When wildlife moves, it usually leaves traces. By looking for tracks and markings left behind, we can learn to identify what animals may have visited.

$10

Stream Strolling

The Anita C. Leight Estuary Center 700 Otter Point Road, Abingdon, MD

With buckets and nets in hand, get your feet wet and your hands dirty while exploring one of the stream valleys in Leight Park.

$10

Day’s Cove Kayak

Mariner Point Park, Joppatowne 100 Kearney DriveJoppa,

Explore the waters of the Gunpowder Falls while searching for eagles above, beavers below, and the changing foliage all around! This is an approximately 4 mile round trip paddle; recommended for experienced kayakers. *Meet at Mariner Point Park  

$15

Grasses and Meadow Branch Weaving

The Anita C. Leight Estuary Center 700 Otter Point Road, Abingdon, MD

Discover the adaptations and importance of grasses while hiking. Finish the program with a fun meadow branch weaving craft and light snack.  

$10
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Meet a Critter

The Anita C. Leight Estuary Center 700 Otter Point Road, Abingdon, MD

Check out one of our live critters up close while discovering what makes that animal special. Sun, September 5 at 12:30 p.m. Sun., October 10 at 12:30 p.m. Sun., November 21 at 12:30 p.m.    

Free

Tern-tastic Kayak

The Anita C. Leight Estuary Center 700 Otter Point Road, Abingdon, MD

Search the skies for this enthusiastic marsh bird and learn more about this excitable diving behavior.

$12

Campfire Stories

Pontoon Boat Dock

There is nothing more quintessentially fall than telling scary stories by the fire! Listen to, create, and tell spooky stories while enjoying roasted treats around the warmth of a roaring fire.  *Meet at Pontoon Pier  

$10

Saturday Trail Running

The Anita C. Leight Estuary Center 700 Otter Point Road, Abingdon, MD

Log your miles while enjoying some beautiful scenery with fellow nature enthusiasts! All skill levels/paces welcome. The course is an out and back, single track, approx. 2 miles long (run it more than once if you choose).  

Free

Biodiversity on the Bay Kayak

The Anita C. Leight Estuary Center 700 Otter Point Road, Abingdon, MD

What makes this ecosystem so unique? Paddle the channels of the marsh to learn about the diverse organisms that inhabit it.

$12
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Critter Dinner Time

The Anita C. Leight Estuary Center 700 Otter Point Road, Abingdon, MD

Watch our turtles, amphibians and snakes eat while learning about these fascinating creatures. Sat., September 18 at 1:30 p.m. Sat., October 16 at 1:30 p.m. Sat., November 6 at 10:30 a.m.

Free

Invasinators

The Anita C. Leight Estuary Center 700 Otter Point Road, Abingdon, MD

Become part of a volunteer team of invasive plant removers and native plant restorers. Learn why non-native invasive plants are a threat to our ecosystem, how to identify problem plants, and removal and restoration strategies. Wear sturdy shoes, long sleeves, and work gloves for field work in the Reserve each meeting date, weather permitting.

Free

Nature Discovery Tots

The Anita C. Leight Estuary Center 700 Otter Point Road, Abingdon, MD

Explore the Nature Discovery Area with a Naturalist! Each meeting will focus on a different theme of the season. Sun., September 19 at 1:00 p.m. Sun., October 17 at 1:00 p.m. Sun., November 14 at 1:00 p.m.  

Free

Down by the Bay

The Anita C. Leight Estuary Center 700 Otter Point Road, Abingdon, MD

This National Estuaries Day, explore Otter Point Creek, a local link to the bay. Hike along the water’s edge in search of plants and animals and catch fish using a 100 foot seine net!  

$10

Autumn Equinox Night Hike and Campfire

Pontoon Boat Dock

Kick off the first official weekend of fall with a night hike and a campfire!  We’ll  provide the toasty treats for you to enjoy while taking in the sights and sounds of the evening.  *Meet at Pontoon Pier  

$10

Fall Sunset Kayak – Members Only Program

The Anita C. Leight Estuary Center 700 Otter Point Road, Abingdon, MD

As fall settles in and day flows into night, catch the spectacle of shift change smack dab in the middle of the marsh. Don’t forget your camera. Must be an OPCA Member to register for this program.

Free