Phillips Wharf Campus

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center is located on the Knapps Narrows waterfront of Tilghman Island, MD - one of the last working watermen villages on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

A picturesque 15 minute drive south of historic St. Michaels, Phillips Wharf offers a hands on, real life Chesapeake Bay experience, and is a great complement to a visit to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and other sites located in St. Michaels, Easton and throughout Talbot County.

Phillips Wharf is open to the public throughout the year and offers numerous activities for children, adults and families.. To plan your trip or for more information, contact us by phone at (410)886-9200 or email at

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center, Tilghman

Visit the Phillips Wharf Estuarium

Our unique Chesapeake Bay “Estuarium” features aquariums filled with the fish, amphibians, reptiles and crustaceans unique to North America’s largest estuary. Get a close up glimpse of Bay turtles, horseshoe crabs and oysters while our trained staff and volunteers offer insights on the Bay, its critters and its ecology.

Aquaculture & Oyster Farming

Phillips Wharf features a working oyster aquaculture center and training program to promote a sustainable and thriving Cheapeake Bay. Our operation includes a 5 acre farm located off Tilghman Island and Oyster Building which has been processing oysters for over 100 years. Visitors can learn about growing oysters from larvae to seed to marketing delicious oysters.

Paddle on the Bay Hundred Water Trails

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. You’ll see working waterfronts, the Chesapeake Bay, Chotank River, and scenic marshes with abundant wildlife, marsh plants and forested areas. The Knapps Narrows and Three Creek Trails accommodate paddlers of all skill levels from leisurely floats to more challenging open water paddling.

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center is open Thursday - Sunday 10am-4pm in the summer. Saturday-Sunday 10am-4pm in the winter. We encourage you to call ahead so our staff can accommodate any special requests. 410-886-9200

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The Fishmobile is a mobile aquarium which travels throughout the state of Maryland, as well as nearby regions in Virginia and Delaware. On-board are 13 tanks and 2 touch tanks in which you can find animals native to the Chesapeake Bay.

If you are interested in having our Fishmobile come to your event or gathering, please email