Nathaniel Cudahy

Please remind us, what was your position when you worked with us at Phillips Wharf? *
What are you doing now? Please be specific, we want to brag about what you are up to these days.
Running a big bar in Taupo New Zealand

Why do you think Phillips Wharf and its mission is important?

Well, it's vitally important, especially these days, to protect our water ways and ecosystems for the future generations. Rebuilding the oyster beds in the Chesapeake goes a long way towards accomplishing that goal locally. And, if it builds success locally, then you can start drawing attention at a national level, coupled with bringing awareness to the younger generation you have the ability to really spread an important message.

How did working/volunteering with Phillips Wharf impact you?

I got a chance to work with a lot of animals and people I did not think I'd have the chance to work with. I also got a chance to be welcomed into an incredible community on Tilghman Island, work on some incredible projects, and learn far, far more about the Chesapeake and it's importance to the DMV than I honestly thought possible at the time.

Can you share a story about an event or a moment when you felt like Phillips Wharf made a difference for someone?

I was lucky enough to work on the fish-mobile on various expeditions around the state, and I must admit it always impressed me how well the kids listened to the information and stories we had to tell them, and in such a unique learning environment too, I'm quite optimistic our message made a difference.

Since your time at Phillips Wharf, what have you done? Share with us some of the neat experiences you’ve had since you left.

The whole reason I was living in that part of the world at the time was because my family was preparing to move to Ireland, which was a move I completed in December '11. I lived there for about 3 years, where I had taken a job bartending at a local pub. I moved back to Georgia in '14 to help the family out, continued my work behind the bar, only now at a five star resort, where I was able to hone my skills and passion over the next few years. Nowadays I live in Taupo, New Zealand with my girlfriend, where I continue work in the hospitality field, while enjoying the perks of being a kiwi!


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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