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New Kayak Launch

55e8f82065a5b.imagePhillips Wharf Environmental Center is the home of a brand new kayak and canoe launch on Tilghman Island. You can now put your kayak or canoe down using the new Universal Kayak Launch, park your trailer and paddle through Knapps Narrows to Dogwood Harbor and back, or do a three-mile loop to Front Creek among others. Read more>>

Bay Day 2014

This wonderful videos shows Phillips Wharf's Bay Day from 2014 from start to finish. Enjoy!

Volunteers Pull 5K Pounds of trash from area streams

EASTON — Hundreds of local residents volunteered Saturday to clean up local waterways.

The volunteers cleaned up debris and litter from streams, shores and woodlands of the Chesapeake Bay as part of Project Clean Stream.

Started by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Project Clean Stream is a regional effort that engages community members in a hands-on opportunity to improve local water quality through litter pickup.

In Talbot, Queen Anne’s, Caroline and Dorchester counties, about 200 volunteers worked at 17 different locations, coordinated through Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC). They collected more than 5,000 pounds of trash, the most common items being plastic bottles and bags. Trash that could not fit in bags included car tires, lawn chairs, bicycles, crab pots, TVs, shopping carts, oil drums, car parts and household wall insulation.

“I urge everyone to join this effort every day by not littering and picking up unsightly trash as you go through your day. We all need to take more responsibility for our local environment every day of the year rather than just one clean up day,” Tim Junkin, director of MRC, said.

Groups that participated included the Country School, Grasonville Elementary School, Talbot Mentors, town of Marydel, Dorchester Citizens for Planned Growth, Chesapeake Bay Boy Scouts, Chesapeake Bay Girl Scouts, Talbot Young Professionals, Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, Easton High School students and Environment Club, Phillips Wharf Environmental Center, Cambridge Power and Sail Squadron, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and Eastern Shore Land Conservancy.

The towns of Easton, Grasonville, Cambridge and St. Michaels and Caroline and Queen Anne’s counties collected and disposed of the trash.

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