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Mission Statement

To increase awareness, understanding, and appreciation of estuarine ecosystems through research, monitoring, and education.


Anita C. Leight Estuary Center is located in the Otter Point Creek Component of the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve System. NERRS is administered by NOAA, and the three components in Maryland are managed by the Department of Natural Resources. We facilitate the ability of researchers to perform long term studies in the Chesapeake Bay, provide educational opportunities based on research, and increase public awareness and appreciation of estuarine ecosystems through public programs.

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Would you recommend Anita C. Leight Estuary Center?

by Ryan B. (August 23, 2009)
Anita C. Leight Estuary Otter Point Creek is a large freshwater tidal marsh in the upper Chesapeake Bay that still remains accessible to the public. It is home to bald eagles, turtles, otters, beavers, fish, crabs, herons, and so much more. Anita C. Leight Estuary itself has research projects and programs running at certain times. It has hiking trails and canoe trails that go through and around Otter Point Creek. It truly is an ideal place for children and adults to learn about the bay and nature. My favorite thing was the tank of turtles. The snakes that were kept in tanks are really cool too.