The Anita C. Leight Estuary Center is the research and education facility of the Otter Point Creek component of the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Maryland. The Estuary Center is dedicated to increasing appreciation and understanding of estuaries. Long-term studies provide insights into bay ecology and management. Education based on this research fosters public support of these vital estuarine ecosystems. The Estuary Center and surrounding park are open to the public and offer many opportunities to explore and learn about the Chesapeake Bay.