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Thank you for your interest in Phillips Wharf Environmental Center. If you would like to learn more about the history of Phillips Wharf, our education programs and our unique vision, please contact us at 410-886-9200 or [email protected] to set up an interview.

Kelley Cox Founder and Executive Director

pwec-logo-250Kelley Phillips-Cox is the founder, president and executive director and a Marine Biologist who worked with various Chesapeake Bay Programs for more than 15 years prior to founding Phillips Wharf Environmental Center.
As part of a fifth generation family of watermen, Kelley combined her deep understanding of the importance of the Bay’s economic vitality with her science background to create

Phillips Wharf’s unique vision that seeks to combine environmental and economic sustainability.

Phillips Wharf recently launched a $5M capital campaign to fund the construction of a major new economic development and education center. Once completed, the center will house expanded aquaculture programs, advanced educational displays, and classrooms for our aquaculture job training program.

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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