Sip & Socialize Winter Speaker Series

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center's Sip & Socialize Winter Speaker Series features Chesapeake Bay enthusiasts and experts speaking on topics pertinent to the estuary's wildlife and environmental changes.

We will be trying out a new, virtual format this year as we adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under this new format, we will have one lecture each month on the 3rd Saturday.

Each event will start at 5:00 pm, with an introduction of the speaker beginning at 5:05 pm. Each speaker will talk for approximately 30 minutes, after which there will be time for questions. We invite you to bring your own sips to enjoy from the comfort of your home.

Please check back for an updated schedule as we develop this new program!



On Saturday, February 20th, our very own, Dr. Kristen Lycett will present “Tilghman Islanders Grow Oysters; why we do it and what we’ve learned”. As part of this talk, she will share updates on how the oysters in this program are doing this year, where they end up at the end of the program, and why we should care about oyster restoration. This will be a great introduction to this program if you are unfamiliar with it, or a way to learn more about oysters if you are already involved.



Saturday, March 20th



Saturday, April 17th



Saturday, May 15th


All events will be held virtually. Please click the event link to join the meeting.
*All Events are subject to change according to the availability of the speaker.


To suggest a topic, please email [email protected]

As a private, non-profit organization, Phillips Wharf Environmental Center relies entirely on grants and donations to fund our educational programs, maintain the Fishmobile, sponsor lectures, and support our operations and activities. You can help support the children and adults served by Phillips Wharf by making an online gift here.




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