The Phillips Wharf Environmental Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that focuses on environmental education. Our mission is to encourage, educate, and engage Chesapeake Bay stewards of all ages through interactive experiences showcasing the Bay’s ecosystem and its inhabitants. Our vision is to enhance and sustain the Chesapeake Bay’s ecosystems through our programs and our network.

We do this work using our traveling marine science program, the Fishmobile, in addition to our oyster restoration program, and adult education programs. You can learn more about these programs by clicking on the titles below!

The Phillips Wharf Environmental Center was founded in 2005 by the late Kelley Phillips Cox and her husband Jerry Cox. It began in a rebuilt crabbing shanty along the Knapps Narrows and expanded into a 5 acre waterfront campus in 2015. However, the COVID-19 pandemic closed down all in person programming and forced the eventual closing of the Tilghman location.

Today, the Phillips Wharf Environmental Center has relocated to the future home of Easton Point Park in Easton, Maryland. This new facility is in a waterfront park along the Tred Avon River and will include an aquarium, classroom space, and lots of outdoor space for educational activities and events. It is just off the Easton Bypass and the Rails to Trails path, making it an excellent location for your next outdoor adventure in Talbot County!

If you would like to learn more about ways to support our work or get involved, click the image below!


If you’d like to stay in touch with Phillips Wharf, you can sign up for our monthly newsletter, the Heron Herald. Each month, we share articles about the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding landscapes, keep you updated on events, and share photos highlighting the beauty of our region.

If you’d like to sign up for our monthly newsletter, please email and we’ll get you added. The Heron Herald comes out on the first Friday of each month. This year, we have a monthly article focusing on a different water quality parameter, so join us to learn more!