How To Help

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center is committed to a better future for our beloved Chesapeake Bay and its many tributaries.  But we cannot do it alone.  And that’s where you come in. There are many ways to help and support, but it all starts with awareness and education and that’s what we are all about.

Become a Phillips Wharf Member

By becoming a member of Phillips Wharf Environmental Center you will be part of a solution that will advocate for better quality water, preservation of native species, as well as progressive, positive ways to preserve our fisheries and the seafood industry that supports the livelihood of many Eastern Shore residents.  Join now!

Sponsor Cutting-Edge Environmental Education

Phillips Wharf provides a number of education programs for all ages. Programs range from earlier education about the Chesapeake Bay and its critters (K-Grade2) to Sip & Socialize events featuring guest speakers on the latest Chesapeake Bay environmental topics (Adult Education). Recently, Phillips Wharf has added aquaculture education to ensure a thriving market for Chesapeake Bay Oysters for years to come. Learn more!

Set Up a Tour

The Fishmobile is a traveling aquarium that brings live Chesapeake Bay animals to people throughout the region. We visit more than 50 elementary and secondary schools every year to teach students about the Bay’s flora and fauna, and learn about what you can do to improve its ecology. In addition, we attend community events and even birthday parties to spread the word. Book a tour today!

Become an Oyster Grower

Phillips Wharf is the local coordinator for the “Marylanders Grow Oysters” program, the citizen-based oyster restoration program in Maryland.  We serve the Bay Hundred peninsula (Tilghman Island, Sherwood, Wittman, McDaniel, and Claiborne), as well as Bozman and Neavitt. If you are a resident or business and have access to waterfront or a boat slip, you can join the effort to enhance living oyster bars in sanctuaries. Sign up today!

Landscape Using Native Plants and Grasses

A simple but effective way to contribute to the Bay’s health is to plant native plants and grasses. Phillips Wharf has partnered with the University of Maryland’s Master Gardener Program to design a demonstration “Buffer Garden” based on best practices in native landscapes to reduce pollution from water runoff and encourage healthy habitat on the land and in the Bay. See our “how-to” guide!

Volunteer for Tidy Up Tilghman

Annually, Phillips Wharf host's Tidy Up Tilghman, a clean-up day as a part of Project Clean Stream and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. The typically falls in April of each year as volunteers from around Talbot County come down to Tilghman Island and support our effort for a cleaner, healthy Chesapeake Bay.