Education Programs skipjack tourStudents 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.

Phillips Wharf offers two hour, hands-on field trip programs incorporating STEM and next generation science standards.

The programs are tailored for specific grade levels, from Pre-K through 12th grade.

Extended programming or the addition of an art component are also offered for an additional fee.

You can also click on these links for information on summer camps, our travelling Fishmobile aquarium, aquaculture education, and oyster restoration.

Please call 410-886-9200 to schedule.



Chesapeake Critter Encounters

Kindergarten-Grade 2

Meet the live animals and plants that inhabit the Chesapeake and discover what they need to live and grow. Compare how different creatures are structured to survive in different habitats and help students to understand their personal impact on their environment and other living things.

Oysters, Ships and Shuckers (Seasonal)

Grades 3-5

Explore a working waterfront oyster house. Observe oysters being shucked, examine their anatomy and investigate how oysters are adapted to their environment. Board a working Skipjack, raise the sails, and handle the tools of the oysterman’s trade.

It’s a Crab’s Life (Seasonal)

Grades 3-5

Take a journey learning about the life cycle and ecology of the blue crab. Students catch their own crabs to learn about skills and tools used by watermen, and test the water quality to reveal what conditions crabs require.

Dinosaurs of the Chesapeake

Grades 6-8

From trilobite to horseshoe crab, compare yesterday’s species to today’s living fossils. Investigate horseshoe crab age, molt, growth and sex; examine the ecological, economical and medicinal roles that horseshoe crabs play in the survival of other species; and analyze the human activities that have led to the long-term population decline of two dinosaurs of the Chesapeake – the horseshoe crab and the Atlantic sturgeon.

Sustainable Oysters: Seed to Table

Grades 9-12

The new technology of oyster aquaculture can have a deep economic and social impact on waterfront communities and the Chesapeake Bay. Explore a 21st century seafood industry that melds traditional harvesting methods with the latest scientific innovation in sustainable aquaculture, incorporating hands-on investigation of aquaculture techniques including algae culture, micro-culch setting, upwellers, cage culture, and sorting by size.

Programs at Your School

Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 3

The Phillips Wharf Fishmobile brings marine science and live Bay critters to your school! Our programs, customized for your class, include environmental issues impacting the Chesapeake Bay and its inhabitants. Touch diamondback terrapins, blue and horseshoe crabs! Observe a variety of fish and reptiles, alive, up close and personal!


Donations to Phillips Wharf Environmental Center help fund our education programs, among other initiatives. You can help support the children and adults served by our education programs by making a gift now.

For information on any of our programs or to sign up, please contact us at [email protected] or call 410-886-9200.