Individual Sponsorships

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Sponsor a Turtle

It takes roughly $500 to maintain a healthy environment for each turtle throughout the year.  The turtles that call Phillips Wharf home are fed a diet that is closely related to the one that they would be eating in the wild.  As well as a well rounded diet we provide our turtle's tanks with amenities and necessities that they would be used to in their native environments.  Under water grasses, basking areas, and heat lamps transform their tank to a home away from home.

In return for your generous sponsorship you will receive:

  • A certificate with your turtle's name and a picture (Can be customized for children or grandchildren)
  • An information sheet about your turtle (how old, how it came to Phillips Wharf, and some other fun facts)
  • Recognition by the turtle's tank with your name and the date
Sponsor a Turtle

Sponsor an Oyster Set- $2000

Setting 2 million oysters for aquaculture purposes costs about $2000 factoring in the cost of the seed and the overhead needed to "grow out" the oysters to be able to put them in cages in the wild.  Of these 2 million larval oysters 1.5 million of them will survive and grow to a size suitable to be put out on the farm.  Once on the farm each of these oysters has the ability to filter 50 gallons of water per day!  Times that by 1.5 million and you get 75 million gallons of water filtered.   Not only do these oysters filter water and help to create a healthier Bay but the farm attracts local wildlife and provides habitat to animals that would normally use underwater grasses to live, hide, and survive.  Oyster farms allow for wild oyster bars to repopulate and for watermen to continue making a living by harvesting both aquaculture raised and wild caught oysters.  More oysters in the Bay whether it be aquaculture raised or wild grown makes for a healthier waterway.

Sponsor a Set

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