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.



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.