Summer Camps

Our summer camps were developed as part of our mission to inspire, inform, and involve the next generation to become better stewards of the Chesapeake Bay and its marine life. All of our camps have an over-running theme of biology and environmental science, and are designed to supplement and advance your child's current schooling in these fields. All of our activities are age-specific, engaging, hands-on, locally minded, and involve the most current topics of Bay restoration. 

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Learn from the best!

Camp staff are professional marine biologists, and our college interns are all studying the marine or environmental sciences. Kayaking excursions are led by at least 2 certified ACA Kayak Instructors. Staff are certified in first-aid, CPR, and waterfront lifeguarding. 

Location, location, location

All camps are run out of our center on beautiful Tilghman Island, with close access to waterways and wetlands. Phillips Wharf has an array of fresh and brackish water aquariums housing local aquatic animals, ever-growing sustainable gardens, a modern classroom, and a state-of-the-art aquaculture facility that we love to share with young people.

What else do I need know?

All camps run from 9am-4pm, and registration is $200 per participant. Campers must bring their own lunch. To register, please the form at the following link. Questions can be directed to or (410) 886-9200.

Summer Camps Line-up 

Marine Biology Camp

Dates: June 25th - 29th

For rising 5th & 6th graders
For the kid who is ready to channel their inner Jacques Cousteau! Learn how to build your own aquarium, participate in exciting science experiments, do dissections, go kayaking, and explore Blackwater Wildlife Refuge.

Chesapeake Crusaders

Dates: July 9th - July 13th

For rising 7th & 8th graders
Take your passion for the Bay to the next level! Head to local waters for in-depth investigations and clean-ups, hone your kayaking skills, assist with our aquariums and aquaculture operation, and work together to build a floating wetland. 

Tilghman Critters Camp

Dates: July 16th - July 20th

For rising 3rd & 4th graders
You won’t want to miss this fun-filled week at Phillips Wharf! Learn all about Chesapeake Bay animals through games, crafts, and activities. Plant, grow, pick, and eat in our expanding community gardens. Leave your mark on Tilghman Island forever by painting your own design on our jersey walls behind our brand-new native plant garden. You even get to raise your own caterpillars! Seriously, this week is going to be awesome.

Visit Our Education Center Campus

Free Admission Year Round

The Phillips Wharf Environmental Center Campus located in the historic watermen's village of Tilghman Island, Maryland is open daily from 10am - 4pm during summer operating hours and 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Saturday & Sunday during winter operating Hours. Click for more information