Category Archives: Blog

Awaiting the return of the osprey

  Mid-February is a little early to begin seeing osprey here in the Chesapeake Bay, but they should be returning in the next few weeks from their winter vacations in South America.   The Chesapeake Bay region happens to be home to the largest breeding population of osprey in the World, so our area is…
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Tilghman Islanders Grow Oysters mid-year update

  Our oyster restoration program, Tilghman Islanders Grow Oysters, is officially halfway through the growing season!   In September, we placed over 100 cages of oyster spat on shell with volunteer growers throughout the Bay Hundred area. A few volunteers agreed to go above and beyond and have been measuring their oysters once a month…
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State of the Bay Report

We all know that the health of the Chesapeake Bay is not as good as it could be. However, the recent State of the Bay Report gave it a D-. While that doesn’t sound great, the Bay actually saw improvement in a number of important areas with most of the decline being in a single…
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What you should know about the COVID-19 vaccine

As you probably know, the vaccination program for COVID-19 has begun. While it is not the role of an environmental center to tell you whether or not to get the vaccine, we believe it is our job to provide information on this topic as a member of your community and an education center.   I…
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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