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Philips Wharf Environmental Center

The Phillips Wharf Environmental Center (PWEC) was created to provide a hands-on experience, especially for children, 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 bay resources.  Located in the last crab shanty on Knapps Narrows, Tilghman Island, the Center 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.  P. O. Box 122 Tilghman, MD.

410-886-9200 |


Dockside Express Eco-Tours

Take the Whole family out on the Beautiful waters of the Chesapeake Bay Tributaries. Cruise with our marine biologist/naturalist on this close up encounter with Bay critters, enjoying a wonderful trip for all ages with a unique hands-on-learning adventure. We will cruise the bay while watching the watermen harvesting the Bay’s Bounty, and the Osprey diving. This cruise includes a natural history narration, and an on-board aquarium for viewing the critters. Docked at the Knapps Narrows, please call for reservations…

888 312 7847 |


Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge encompasses over 27,000 acres on Maryland’s beautiful Eastern Shore and has been designated a “Wetlands of International Importance” by the Ramsar Convention. As a major stop on the Atlantic Flyway, Blackwater is a vital haven for waterfowl, as well as a sanctuary for the American bald eagle, the endangered Delmarva fox squirrel, and the peregrine falcon. The Friends of Blackwater invite you to come explore the Refuge “Time” magazine once called “nature on the throne of her glory.” Come see what all the fuss is about – we know you won’t be disappointed. RFD 1, Cambridge, MD

410 228 2677 |


Pickering Creek Audubon Center

Pickering Creek Audubon Center is a 400-acre working farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland situated next to the tidal Pickering Creek in Talbot County, Maryland. The Center’s property features a variety of habitats including mature hardwood forest, fresh and brackish marsh, meadow, tidal and non-tidal wetlands, over a mile of shoreline on a tidal creek, and cropland. Two hundred and seventy acres are devoted to low impact “best management practice” agriculture. The farmed acreage of Pickering Creek is its link to the significant farming heritage of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. 11450 Audubon Lane, Easton, MD

410 822 4903 |


Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

The Wildfowl Trust of North America, Inc. (WTNA) was founded in 1979 as a direct response to the dwindling waterfowl population of the Chesapeake Bay. In 1981, the Trust purchased 315 acres in Grasonville, Maryland, on which it built the Horsehead Wetlands Center. In 2002 the Horsehead Wetlands Center was renamed and became the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center(CBEC). The Center developed its programs and exhibits to serve the general public statewide and to educate the region’s residents to appreciate the unique natural environment of the Chesapeake Bay, in particular wetlands and wildlife that inhabit them. The Trust developed a vigorous education program for children and adults and is addressing the curricular needs of Maryland’s students. The resident raptors and natural flocks of waterfowl inhabiting the peninsula’s shores have become genuine ambassadors for their species and wetlands education. The resident raptors frequently accompany the staff to schools and community events. 600 Discovery Lane Grasonville, MD 21638

410 827 6694 |