The Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation operates the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, which includes the Otter Point Creek component of the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Maryland (CBNERR-MD). The name is a mouthful, to be sure, but the programming here is fun and engaging. The Center offers educational activities designed around nature conservation (mostly for schools and private groups) as well as recreational activities that are open to all (including kayaking, canoeing, and hiking opportunities). As one of the largest remaining natural freshwater, tidal marshes within the upper Chesapeake Bay, Otter Point Creek also showcases the region’s natural beauty and ecological diversity. Here you can find rare and beautiful birds like the king rail or least tern rail, aquatic turtles, otters and minks, as well as an array of butterflies, dragonflies, and other native species. Visit the website to see the Center’s YouTube page, check out the calendar for public events, or to sign up for outdoor volunteer activities.
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