Sip & Socialize Saturdays

Executive Director Kelley Cox explains the oyster upweller to visitors and its important function in the lifecycle of oyster farming. Picture credit: Deena Kilmon

Phillips Wharf Lecture Series

Bringing back a popular event after a year hiatus, Phillips Wharf Environmental Center announces their 2017 winter lecture series. This year the classes incorporate a mini happy hour for guests to discuss and talk over the issue at hand. Entitled “Sip and Socialize Saturdays” each lecture will feature a local, informed speaker who will educate the attendees about an issue related to the Chesapeake Bay. Lectures will begin on January 21, 2017 and will be held at the new classroom on the Phillips Wharf campus beside Knapp’s Narrows Bridge, 6129 Tilghman Island Road (Route 33), Tilghman, Md.

Refreshments and parking will be available at no cost to attendees. Donations to the program’s cost will be accepted.

The first lecture is by Don Webster on Oyster Restoration and its efforts locally and regionally. The second lecture will be an informal 2017 Meet and Greet for new or returning Phillips Wharf volunteers on January 28th. On February 4, Julie Lawson will speak on the topic of “Plastics in the Chesapeake.” Darrin Lowery continues the series with a lecture entitled “The impact of Tides, Wave-related Erosion and Millennial Scale Sea Level Change on Coastal Sites.”

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Phillips Wharf Environmental Center is a volunteer, non-profit organization that informs and inspires people to become good stewards of the Chesapeake Bay through hands-on education, our Fishmobile outreach program and our lecture series. For more information about our working waterfront and other educational programs see our events tab on website.

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