Phillips Wharf Environmental Center's (PWEC) mission is to inform, inspire, and involve those who live near the Chesapeake Bay to take action by becoming good stewards of the Bay and its inhabitants. Through hands-on learning experiences it teaches children and adults how the plants and animals of the Chesapeake Bay are impacted by the decisions humans make every day.
The center offers many events and programs to engage you with life in and around the Chesapeake Bay. From its signature Fishmobile, to activities on the Bay itself, PWEC strives to provide exciting hands-on experiences that engage your curiosity and spark your sense of wonder.
Phillips Wharf Environmental Center is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization staffed by volunteers. We need people who care about the environmental impacts to the Chesapeake Bay and its inhabitants. By volunteering at PWEC you will help us promote our mission to inform, inspire, and involve those who live near the Chesapeake Bay to take action by becoming good stewards of the Bay and its inhabitants.
The Phillips Wharf Environmental Center is open to the public Thursday through Monday from April to November, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)
Visiting the center is free and includes animal exhibits and oyster restoration exhibits. The kayak launch is also free and open to the public until dusk and there is free parking at the site.
Spatutti costs $24.00 per student.
Its a Crab's Life costs $22.00 for Students and $24.00 for Adults
The Fisheries Management Program costs $22.00 for Students and $24.00 for Adults.
The Fishmobile is a traveling marine science program that includes a 50 minute structured educational module aligned with the State of Maryland performance standards. One hour basic visit costs $300.00 for non-profit organizations and schools, $500.00 for others. The 50 minute educational module is $5.00 per student (minimum of 25 students). A mileage charge of $1.50 per mile applies, both ways, if your location is more than 15 miles from the Center.
PWEC offers many events and programs to engage you with life in and around the Chesapeake Bay. We adapt our programs to meet your group’s needs. The following programs are offered by PWEC:
By volunteering at PWEC you will help us promote our mission to inform, inspire, and involve those who live near the Chesapeake Bay to take action by becoming good stewards of the Bay and its inhabitants.
Our unique Chesapeake Bay “estuarium” features aquariums filled with the fish, amphibians, reptiles and crustaceans unique to North America’s largest estuary.
Phillips Wharf features a working oyster aquaculture operation, including grow tanks, spat farms, and more.
The waterfront at Phillip Wharf features a sand and concrete launch for kayaks and canoes to easily access Tilghman Island and Bay Hundred water trails.
In September 2003, Hurricane Isabelle hit the Eastern Shore, inundating Tilghman Island with a 7-foot storm surge that took away 200 feet of the Cox family’s seafood buying dock. Although the family was no longer buying seafood here, Kelley Cox had a vision for the property to preserve her family’s five generation watermen heritage and teach the public the importance of being good stewards of the Bay. Through this vision, Phillips Wharf Environmental Center was born in 2005.
During its first year of operation Phillips Wharf Environmental Center created a hands-on learning program about the Life of the Blue Crab. The program was taken to various day camp groups, elementary schools and local Girl Scouts. The Life of the Blue Crab became the foundation and spring board for future hands-on learning programs.
In 2007, the success of our programs led the center to apply and become a non-profit 501(c) 3 environmental organization based in the lower Bay Hundred area on the Eastern Shore. In May of 2009, through the use of a converted book mobile Phillips Wharf Environmental Center began to offer a traveling marine science program now called the Fishmobile. In 2011, the Fishmobile has received over 10,000 visitors from people of all ages who express an interest in learning more about the marine life that lives in the Chesapeake Bay.