Plan Your Visit

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center is located on the Knapps Narrows waterfront of Tilghman Island, MD - one of the last working watermen villages on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

A picturesque 15 minute drive south of historic St. Michaels, Phillips Wharf offers a hands on, real life Chesapeake Bay experience, and is a great complement to a visit to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and other sites located in St. Michaels, Easton and throughout Talbot County.

Phillips Wharf is open to the public throughout the year and offers numerous activities for children, adults and families.. To plan your trip or for more information, contact us by phone at (410)886-9200 or email at

Wednesday May 24 we are offering a FREE introduction to kayaking course from 9-12:30. Please RSVP to and state whether you need a kayak or will bring your own. ...

I want to shout out and Thank Everyone that made Bay Day Happen today! Especially, our chair couple Super Energetic, Lea & John Sloan!
The awesome staff of Phillips Wharf, TJ Himmelman, Stacy Helgason Missy Cannon Helgason, Marisa Moon. Board Members Matt Albers, Carol McCollough, Barbara Boyd, Rick Baker and Carol Sargeant. All the great Volunteers and Exhibitors. Oysters from Hoopers Island Oyster Aquaculture Company, Johnny Shockley and Characters at the Bridge Restaurant Mark Poore, Karen and Bill Vincent!
Thank you all for coming out!

So the weather may not have been awesome but everyone seemed to have a great Bay Day anyway! Thank you to everyone that braved the weather to attend the event, to all the volunteers who helped make Bay Day possible, and to the committee that planned it all out. Lea & John Sloan you guys did a great job and we all survived. Bravo on a well planned and wonderful event! Thank you for being such great ambassadors for Phillips Wharf <3 ...

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Bay Day is happening now! Come on over and check it out 🙂

Bay Day is happening now! Come on over and check it out :)

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center shared their event.

The show must go on!!!!! Bay Day is going to be rain or shine! We have come up with a plan and now most of our exhibits are inside. If you are bored and stuck in the house and wants something to do come on over and see us. We will still have kid's craft and face painting, food, oysters, tours, and other fun exhibits to see.

Bay Day

May 13, 2017, 11:00am

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center

Bay Day is a great way to spend the day with your family. The day will offer ongoing entertainment with lots to do, see, learn and play with, including Phillips Wharf's touch-tank introductions to resident Bay critters and many tanks for viewing that include turtles and horseshoe crabs to fish and seahorses. There will be try-it- yourself exhibits like oyster tonging and netmaking as well as kids crafts, face painting and more. Stop by our community garden area and check out a hands-on demonstration that delves into how our fields, gardens and rain interact with the bay. Learn something new about starting your own garden or about our new aquaponics system. Visit Phillips Wharf's oyster aquaculture operation, take a tour and get a taste of how they’re doing. Plus, Bay- related fine handcrafts and fun gift items will be offered by artisans. Delicious food and drinks on hand for purchase. Entertainment will be provided by the rousing Royal Oak Musicians. This event is FREE but there are things available for purchase such as food and crafts from vendors.

Bay Day

Here are some cool things to do and see –

Visit the Phillips Wharf Estuarium

Our unique Chesapeake Bay “estuarium” features aquariums filled with the fish, amphibians, reptiles and crustaceans unique to North America’s largest estuary. Hold Bay turtles, frogs, crabs and oysters in your hands while trained staff offer perspective on the Bay, its critters and its ecology.

Fishmobile - Traveling Aquarium

The Fishmobile travels to events, festivals, schools, summer camps, and even birthday parties.

The Fishmobile is a mobile aquarium which travels throughout the state of Maryland, as well as nearby regions in Virginia and Delaware. On-board are 13 tanks and 2 touch tanks in which you can find animals native to the Chesapeake Bay. Common animals you may meet on the Fishmobile include:


•    Diamondback Terrapin
•    Horseshoe crab
•    Northern Pufferfish
•    Lined Seahorse
•    American Eel

•    Flounder
•    Snapping Turtle
•    Blue crab
•    An oyster reef tank with blennies, gobies, toadfish, and grass shrimp
•    Spider crab

It also has interactive displays and exhibits about the Chesapeake Bay, such as an osprey wingspan measuring board and mystery-touch boxes. Friendly and knowledgeable staff are ready to teach you about the animals and answer any questions you may have. It is a genuine crowd-pleaser, fun for all ages, and the perfect addition to your upcoming event.
For more information about on-site tours and the Fishmobile contact us at or call 410-886-9200. Our calendar fills quickly, book today!

Learn about Aquaculture

Phillips Wharf features a working oyster aquaculture operation, including grow tanks, spat farms, and more.  A fast growing enterprise, oyster aquaculture is considered to be a key aspect of the future of the Bay’s seafood industry. Learn about this growing trend and how it supports overall Bay ecology restoration efforts. Click Here!

Paddle on the Bay Hundred Water Trails

The waterfront at Phillip Wharf features a sand and concrete launch for kayaks and canoes to easily access Tilghman Island and Bay Hundred water trails. You’ll see working waterfronts, the Chesapeake Bay, Chotank River, and scenic marshes with abundant wildlife, marsh plants and forested areas. The Knapps Narrows and Three Creek Trails accommodate paddlers of all skill levels from leisurely floats to more challenging open water paddling.