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Tis’ the Season for Skipjacks!

How did Skipjacks come to be such an important piece of Chesapeake Bay history? As a sailboat designed specifically for harvesting oysters in the 1800’s to being the last commercial sailing fleet left in the World, they are as unique as they are beautiful.   Oystering has a long history in the Chesapeake Bay region,…
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How to Celebrate Local

Many businesses and non-profit organizations have been hit very hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. As we move into the holiday season, it will be more important than ever to support these businesses and organizations if you want to see them survive to 2021 and beyond. Below are some of the ways we can support local…
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Oyster Cage Sponsorships

Making money has been difficult in the last few months. Many of our community members are aware of this and are also struggling. Because of the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, donations to nonprofits such at Phillips Wharf are down. In fact, estimates suggest that 83% of all US charities have reported declines in…
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Ready? Set. Grow!

Last month, we kicked off our Tilghman Islanders Grow Oysters program for the 2020-2021 season. The oysters that were placed with volunteer growers in September are now growing rapidly in their new homes. How do we know?     Well, earlier this month, we trained some of our growers to measure their oysters so that…
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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