Summer Fun Packs


For the first time ever, Phillips Wharf is releasing a themed activity packet and optional companion kit to help get your children get engaged in the environment this summer. Our first activity pack is themed “All About Turtles” and comes with a variety of art projects and activities. These activities are geared towards children ages 6 to 10, though older children may also enjoy them. We also want to remind parents that younger children may need more parental assistance for some of these activities while older children will likely need less.

So, what’s in the pack? First, we have our Terrapin Troubles game directions. This game will get your child outside and running as they try to find a safe place to come ashore. This activity will require one person/adult to call out when to swim and when to land and can be played by several children, or just one. We also have a turtle scavenger hunt that asks your child to think about things that might look or relate to turtles, which can be completed almost anywhere - inside your home, in your backyard, or on a walk around your neighborhood or local park.

Art projects include a diamondback terrapin to color with instructions on how to cut and fold your terrapin to make it 3-D and instructions on how to make your own paper mache turtle shell. The companion box will also include all the materials needed to complete both activities including crayons, scissors, glue, newspaper, paint brushes, and paint.

Also included in the activity packet is a single page, color turtle ID guide for some of the turtles commonly seen around the Chesapeake Bay. This ID guide is laminated so that you can take it with you on your next outdoor adventure, rain or shine.

Finally, there are some on-paper activities, including a maze, a connect the dots activity, and a word search. Lastly, a postcard that highlights one of our very own turtles with a stamp so that your child can write to a friend or relative.

We are offering two purchase options with this box; you can purchase just the activity packet for $5.00 or you can purchase the activity packet and companion box for $20.00 with all the supplies you need to complete the activities. Please note there are a limited number of companion boxes available, so order soon!

The companion box will include:

  • Crayons (16 pack)
  • Safety scissors (1 pair)
  • Glue (1 bottle)
  • Newspaper
  • Paint brushes (2)
  • Paint (1 pack of multiple colors)
  • Paper bowl (1)
  • Paper plate (1)
  • Tape (1)

To purchase the activity packet or the companion box, please visit SUMMER FUN PACK

Our goal is to help you and your families keep learning and celebrating the Chesapeake Bay, even as we navigate keeping each other safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are always working to develop new ideas, so if you want to share your thoughts on what type of virtual programming or distance activities you’d like to see, please email [email protected]


________  Dr. Kristen Lycett PhD                  

Phillips Wharf Fishmobile Coordinator

Phillips Wharf’s newest staff member and marine estuarine scientist Dr. Kristen Lycett fills the role of Fishmobile Coordinator.  She is currently on loan to us from Americorps until August when we hope to secure her full time.  Lycett received her Ph.D. from the Marine Estuarine Environmental Science program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where she studied the parasite Hematodinium perezi, which infects blue crabs and other crustaceans.  

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