Phillips Wharf Campus

3/13/20 UPDATE:
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]

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center, Tilghman

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

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