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.