Phillips Wharf Environmental Center will be closed to the public through March 27. Read more here.
Phillips Wharf Environmental Center 3-acre waterfront campus is normally open Saturdays & Sundays, 10am-4pm. Please check back here for updates.
Planning your visit? Please call ahead so our staff can accommodate any special requests. 410-886-9200
Phillips Wharf Environmental Center 3-acre waterfront campus is located on the Knapps Narrows waterfront of Tilghman Island, MD - one of the last working watermen villages on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
A picturesque 15 minute drive south of historic St. Michaels, Phillips Wharf offers a hands-on, real life Chesapeake Bay experiences, and is a great complement to a visit to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and other sites located in St. Michaels, Easton, Oxford, and throughout Talbot County and Maryland's Eastern Shore.
Throughout the year, Phillips Wharf is open to the public at no charge (donations are always welcome) and offers numerous activities for children, adults, and families. To plan your trip or for more information, contact us at 410-886-9200 or at [email protected]
Visit the Phillips Wharf Estuarium
Our unique Chesapeake Bay “Estuarium” features aquariums filled with the fish, amphibians, reptiles and crustaceans unique to North America’s largest estuary. Get a close up glimpse of Bay turtles, horseshoe crabs and oysters while our trained staff and volunteers offer insights on the Bay, its critters and its ecology.
Aquaculture & Oyster Farming
Phillips Wharf features a working oyster aquaculture center and training program to promote a sustainable and thriving Cheapeake Bay. Our operation includes a 5 acre farm located off Tilghman Island and Oyster Building which has been processing oysters for over 100 years. Visitors can learn about growing oysters from larvae to seed to marketing delicious oysters.
Paddle on the Bay Hundred Water Trails
The waterfront at Phillip Wharf features a sand and concrete launch for kayaks and canoes to easily access Tilghman Island and Bay Hundred water trails. You’ll see working waterfronts, the Chesapeake Bay, Chotank River, and scenic marshes with abundant wildlife, marsh plants and forested areas. The Knapps Narrows and Three Creek Trails accommodate paddlers of all skill levels from leisurely floats to more challenging open water paddling.
Phillips Wharf Environmental Center is open Thursday - Monday 10am-4pm in the summer. Saturday-Sunday 10am-4pm in the winter. We encourage you to call ahead so our staff can accommodate any special requests. 410-886-9200