Supporting Science Education through Phillips Wharf

November, 2019

Dear Friend,

St. Michaels High School Environmental Science and Aquatic Science teacher Gia Ristvey knows a thing or two about engaging high school students in the sciences, and she’s grateful for the donors supporting Phillips Wharf Environmental Center, because they help ensure her students have the field experiences needed to connect them to the Chesapeake Bay—its ecosystem, culture, and traditions—in meaningful ways.

“Phillips Wharf helps open students minds to their local connections to the Chesapeake Bay’s seafood industry,” continued Ms. Ristvey. “Through our community partnership with Phillips Wharf, I feel like we’re doing our part of preserving history and sustainability for the oyster industry, using insight from generations before to explain how the water and the industry has changed over the years. Ultimately, this also means greater career choices for our students.

waterman“Many of my students come from watermen families and want to continue working the water,” commented Ms. Ristvey. “Phillips Wharf’s programs give my high school students the real life experiences needed to help them see what sciences are involved in working the water, for example, and what industries are growing as part of working the water. Many have moved on in careers explored at Phillips Wharf, with every student learning about the health of the Bay, and the environmental impacts effecting our future around the nation’s largest estuary.”

Now, Phillips Wharf needs your help.

PWEC_OysterJam2_OysterHouseNow, Phillips Wharf Environmental Center needs your help to continue providing experiences like these. As a private, non-profit organization, Phillips Wharf Environmental Center relies entirely on donations and program-related grants to fund our educational programs, maintain the Fishmobile, sponsor lectures, and support our operations and activities.

Through donor support, Phillips Wharf is able to offer year-round programs and events, with initiatives including hands-on educational programs for Pre-K through 12th grade students; a Fishmobile, which travels to regional schools and events as Phillips Wharf’s marine science outreach program; an annual adult educational lecture series; special events; and a shellfish aquaculture training program.

People who care about the Chesapeake Bay and the quality of field experiences for today’s students support Phillips Wharf Environmental Center. Donors who give to Phillips Wharf feel rewarded in supporting such a high quality environmental educational experience for children and adults from throughout the region. Without them, we can’t provide the enriching experiences our STEM education, aquaculture, and outreach programs provide.

Students experiencing the Chesapeake Bay through Phillips Wharf Environmental Center's educational programs come away with a deeper, hands-on understanding of Chesapeake Bay history, seafood and watermen history, estuarine and environmental sciences, aquaculture, and more.

Your help will go a long way in supporting the children and adults served by Phillips Wharf. Thank you, for making your online gift using this link now.

With warmest regards,

Kelley Cox
Executive Director
Phillips Wharf Environmental Center