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A new season of Tilghman Islanders Grow Oysters!

  Over the last two weeks, we delivered all the cages for our Tilghman Islanders Grow Oysters 2020/2021 season! These cages are part of our oyster restoration work, supplementing wild oyster populations.   As part of this program, folks with access to docks along the Chesapeake Bay volunteer to host oyster cages containing oysters for…
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Oysters, oysters, oysters!

Why are we so obsessed with oysters at Phillips Wharf? Well, oysters are delicious but they are also important residents of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem and there are a lot fewer of them than there used to be.   Oysters are considered a keystone species. This means that places where oysters live are so dependent…
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Bacterial testing and what it means

  If you follow any of the Riverkeepers of the Chesapeake Bay, you are probably familiar with their weekly Facebook posts about bacteria levels. Let’s talk about why they are posting this information, what it’s actually telling us, and what it means to you.     First, there are a variety of water quality monitoring…
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Tilghman Islanders Grow Oysters program recap

  While this year marked the smallest amount of oysters that we’ve planted in the last 8 years, we are still very proud of every single oyster we did plant. The 2019/2020 growing season was completely out of the ordinary and it was the first year we have ever run this program with oysters 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