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Phillips Wharf Environmental Center is committed to a better future for our beloved Chesapeake Bay and its many tributaries.  But we cannot do it alone.  And that’s where you come in. There are many ways to help and support, but it all starts with awareness and education and that’s what we are all about.

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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 member activities.

Phillips Wharf provides a number of education programs for all ages. Programs range from earlier education about the Chesapeake Bay and its critters (K-Grade2) to Sip & Socialize events featuring guest speakers on the latest Chesapeake Bay environmental topics (Adult Education). Recently, Phillips Wharf has added aquaculture education to ensure a thriving market for Chesapeake Bay Oysters for years to come. Learn more!

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The Fishmobile is a traveling aquarium that brings live Chesapeake Bay animals to people throughout the region. We visit more than 50 elementary and secondary schools every year to teach students about the Bay’s flora and fauna, and learn about what you can do to improve its ecology. In addition, we attend community events and even birthday parties to spread the word. Book a tour today!

Phillips Wharf is the local coordinator for the “Marylanders Grow Oysters” program, the citizen-based oyster restoration program in Maryland.  We serve the Bay Hundred peninsula (Tilghman Island, Sherwood, Wittman, McDaniel, and Claiborne), as well as Bozman and Neavitt. If you are a resident or business and have access to waterfront or a boat slip, you can join the effort to enhance living oyster bars in sanctuaries. Sign up today!

A simple but effective way to contribute to the Bay’s health is to plant native plants and grasses. Phillips Wharf has partnered with the University of Maryland’s Master Gardener Program to design a demonstration “Buffer Garden” based on best practices in native landscapes to reduce pollution from water runoff and encourage healthy habitat on the land and in the Bay. See our “how-to” guide!

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