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Mission Statement

Our mission is nothing short of saving our precious Chesapeake Bay as a natural resource and as a source of healthy seafood and productive jobs for our residents along its shores. It is through our many programs that we can help others understand how the daily decisions we make can impact the Bay and its health and well-being. Phillips Wharf Environmental Center is supported by volunteers, interns, grants, donations and memberships from generous people who want to take action to help restore the Bay and its inhabitants. Please join us as we promote positive, progressive solutions to the future health of the Chesapeake and its tributaries.


Phillips Wharf Environmental Center located on Tilghman Island, MD is a non-profit organization created to provide a hands-on experience and education with the animals and plants that inhabit the Chesapeake Bay region. In addition to learning about the environment, visitors also learn how the Chesapeake Bay watermen harvest the Bay's resources

PWEC offers live exhibits, aquarium displays, waterside activities, and a growing number of tours, trips, and day-long field trips. The Center is open to the general public and to groups by arrangement.


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Would you recommend Phillips Wharf Environmental Center?

by Carol M. (December 11, 2009)
Phillips Wharf is a wonderful place, right on the water on Knapps Narrows. There are hands-on exhibits for kids and adults. Fish, crabs, turtles, oysters, clams, horseshoe crabs and more; all up-close and personal. You will learn about their biology, why they are important to the Bay ecosystem, how waterman catch them, and what natural and man-made problems they face. PWEC offers great programs for kids to learn about how pollution happens, how to measure water quality and what that means to the animals and plants living in the Bay, and to even get out on the water aboard PWEC's boat. Adult programs include guided bird tours and kayak trips to explore the local marshes just off Knapps Narrows. The staff and volunteers are knowledgeable, friendly, passionate, and professional. As a professional fisheries biologist and avid birder, PWEC is my local organization of choice to support with my money and volunteer time, and also a great place to go have fun just as a program participant.