Letter from the Director

Dear Friends,

My name is Kelley Cox and I am the founder, President and Executive Director of Phillips Wharf Environmental Center. By profession I am a Marine Biologist who has worked with various Chesapeake Bay Programs for more than 15 years.

It was through my former career that I came to realize that I was no longer interested in saving the Bay one bottle at a time. I had a vision to create a place where others could learn through experience the importance of the Chesapeake Bay and its inhabitants.

As a member of a five generation family of watermen who lived and died on the Chesapeake Bay, I have a strong cultural appreciation for the life of the working watermen and what it means to bring fresh, healthy seafood to our tables. It is through my love for science and my family’s legacy of watermen that Phillips Wharf Environmental Center was formed, and named in honor of my father Garland Phillips, owner and operator of Phillips Wharf Seafood.

Our mission is nothing short of saving our precious Chesapeake Bay as a natural resource and as a source of healthy seafood and productive jobs for our residents along its shores. It is through our many programs that we can help others understand how the daily decisions we make each day can impact the Bay and its health and well-being.

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center is supported by volunteers, interns, grants, donations and memberships from generous people who want to take action to help restore the Bay and its inhabitants. Please join us as we promote positive, progressive solutions to the future health of the Chesapeake and its tributaries.

Sincerely,

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Kelley Phillips Cox
President & Executive Director
Phillips Wharf Environmental Center

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. You can help support the children and adults served by Phillips Wharf by making an online gift here.

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