Donate to Phillips Wharf

How is Phillips Wharf funded?

As a private, non-profit organization, Phillips Wharf Environmental Center relies entirely on grants and donations to fund our educational programs, maintain the Fishmobile, sponsor lectures, and support our operations and activities.

Read our November 2019 Appeal Letter Here. 

Please use the "Donate Now" button below to make a donation to Phillips Wharf, and thank you for your help in advancing our mission to encourage, educate, and engage Chesapeake Bay stewards of all ages through interactive experiences.
With your help, we can continue showcasing the Chesapeake Bay's ecosystem and its inhabitants, with a vision to enhance and sustain the Chesapeake Bay's ecosystems. Every gift, of every amount, makes a difference. Thank you again.

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What will my donation support?

Your generous donations and support will help Phillips Wharf to:
  • Expand our first rate, hands on educational activities.
  • Provide a new aquaculture learning experience for watermen and the public.
  • Retain a working waterfront on Tilghman Island to provide sustainably harvested seafood.
  • Increase participation in our oyster growing program to restore oyster beds in the Bay.
  • Encourage and demonstrate conservation landscaping practices.

Is My Donation Tax Deductible?


Phillips Wharf Environmental Center is a registered 501(c)3 organization.
Donations are tax deductible.

What other ways can I support Phillips Wharf?

Phillips Wharf has many ways for everyone to get involved in creating a better future for our beloved Chesapeake Bay and its many tributaries. We believe it all starts with education and awareness.
View our How To Help page to learn how you can support Phillips Wharf.
Proceeds from our Buy-A-Brick Fundraiser go toward furnishing our newly erected classroom with microscopes, tools and teaching equipment.

Can I designate my gift for a special activity or purpose?

Yes. If it is important to you. You can also view our wishlist of items that we need to rehabilitate our metal storage building and turn it into exhibit space and small classroom space, Help us get started on a large mural on the side of that same building dedicated to the Four Seasons of the Waterman.

Dear Phillips Wharf Environmental Center Supporter,

I want to share with you how Phillips Wharf Environmental Center is pivoting towards new horizons that strengthen our longevity into the future and make our educational programs much more accessible to diverse audiences.

In Phillips Wharf’s 14-year history – two challenges have remained constant—the rising costs of maintaining a waterfront campus and old buildings, and addressing the inaccessibility of Tilghman Island to many school systems and others unable to afford the cost or the time for the long trip from more urban areas like Easton.

With this in mind, Phillips Wharf’s Board of Directors have made a bold decision to ensure the sustainability of our future and educational programs by liquidating our assets on Tilghman Island—including the real estate and property—and re-focus the expected gains from the sale to re-open a location in Easton that the Board will determine.

Be assured—Phillips Wharf will always bring our students to meaningful interactions with the Chesapeake Bay’s ecosystem and inhabitants. We know technology and our FishMobile, for example, can bring experiences and education to more students when we can focus our operations more on education, and less on maintaining an underutilized campus with mounting deferred maintenance costs and more.

Phillips Wharf will continue to carry the essence of encouraging, educating, and engaging Chesapeake Bay stewards from a new location soon. In addition, we’ll be sure to share this exciting news when it comes to fruition with you.

In the meantime, thank you for caring about our students and the Chesapeake Bay as a natural resource and source of healthy seafood and productive jobs for the Shore’s residents. We are excited to bring the Chesapeake Bay closer to our students and the public in ways that are more meaningful. This is a bold step forward not only in Phillips Wharf’s survivability, but also in our thrivability.

Please reach out to me with any questions or concerns you may have. You can reach me at [email protected] or 410-886-9200.

Warmest regards,


Matthew Albers

Board President, Phillips Wharf Environmental Center