Oyster Gardening


Virtual Class

May 16th & 17th

10 am- 1 pm


Due to the current COVID 19 pandemic the Oyster Gardening Class will be held online.



Phillips Wharf Environmental Center is pleased to offer a new course on Oyster Gardening. You can grow healthy, delicious oysters for your own use off your dock with minimal effort. The State of Maryland encourages you to do so by offering a tax credit of up to $500 per person for the purchase of new floating oyster cages. This course will help you take advantage of that credit and teach you the practical aspects of oyster gardening.

The class will meet on Saturday May 16 & 17, 2020 from 10 am – 1 pm 
and will cover the following topics:

Oyster history, biology, regulations, options for gardeners, types of equipment, ways to safely shuck an oyster, seed types, where to buy equipment and seed, safe processing and harvesting.

*Class is full-  If you would like to be put on a wait list or to be informed of the next available class please email [email protected]

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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