Vision and Mission


The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University strives to lead the way for advancing the understanding of wildfowl art and the interrelationships of art, nature and culture. Through educational programs, exhibits and events the Ward Museum builds upon the legacy of Lem and Steve Ward in order to bring young and old to a greater understanding of the human relationship to the natural world.

The Ward Museum is a premier educational facility for the study of material culture, living traditions, and environmental concerns for the school children, scholars, and artists who are a part of the community the museum serves.  “A good museum attracts, entertains, arouses curiosity, leads questioning and thus promotes learning.”


The Ward Museum is dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and promoting wildfowl art and wildfowling heritage.

The Museum will achieve this mission by:

  • Preserving and enhancing the legacy of Lemuel and Stephen Ward.
  • Reflecting the heritage of the maritime communities of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and those throughout the United States and abroad.
  • Exploring through exhibits, publications and programs the relevance and impact of wildfowl upon natural history and human society.
  • Providing environmental education to all age groups to support intellectual investigations of a changing environment on wildfowling heritage and communities.
  • Ensuring the vitality of the Ward World Wildfowl Carving Competition and the international community of artists who advance artistic excellence.
  • Fostering partnerships to promote art, nature and tradition through targeted outreach activities and sharing of museum resources and experience.
  • Committing to enhance the quality and stature of Salisbury University’s educational programs.
Small girl holding wooden carving
Wooden bird carving
Wooden bird carvings on hay