At Phillips Wharf education is our top priority. Whether you are a pre-K through grade 12 teacher, a family or an individual hoping to learn more about the Chesapeake Bay’s ecology, we would love to host you at our waterfront center on Tilghman Island. Remember, too, we can also come to you in the Fishmobile, our traveling marine science program bus.

On-site Tours

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center is housed in a historic oyster shucking facility and features aquariums and hands-on education centered on the Chesapeake Bay’s oysters, crabs, fish, turtles, and more. We also house a working oyster house that features a lesson in modern day oyster aquaculture as part of your tour.

While on site, you can also use our boat launch to kayak or canoe to the Choptank River and Chesapeake Bay following the John Smith Waterway Trail. And, we have a famous skipjack oyster dredging sail boat tied up to our waterfront that you can book a sail on.

Fishmobile Program

The Fishmobile includes a 50-minute, structured educational module aligned with the State of Maryland performance standards. The program, designed for students in Pre-K to 3rd grade, teaches students the environmental issues imposed on the Chesapeake Bay and its inhabitants.

The Fishmobile travels to schools, summer camps, community events and even birthday parties. We adapt our programs to meet your group’s needs.


  1. Touch or hold Horseshoe Crabs and Diamondback Terrapins.
  2. Learn how an oyster reef is created, what else lives there, how oysters help the Bay.
  3. Explore the watershed, learn properties of water, water cycles, river names, and play “Who Polluted the Bay.”
  4. Discover distributions, migration, and adaptations of fish.
  5. Play predator and prey games to understand the importance of Horseshoe Crabs.
  6. Examine the anatomy of a Blue Crab, its life cycle and harvest methods.
  7. Adaptations, migration, predators and prey of turtles and birds.

For more information about on-site tours and the Fishmobile contact us at [email protected] or call 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