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Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

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Address: 708 Smokey Bay Way, Homer, AK 99603
Phone Number: 907-235-6667
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This environmental education center offers natural history day tours for...

This environmental education center offers natural history day tours for all ages that range from the boreal forest of the 104 acre Wynn Nature Center on the north side of Kachemak Bay to the south There, in Peterson Bay guests explore tidepools, a rainforest and an archaeology site. Kayaking and overnight Yurt stays may also be added.The experienced hiker can also choose from guided hikes of varying difficulty.At the Homer Harbor, discover the world beneath your feet on a Creatures of the Dock Tour!!Where else can you see a seastar and a moose all in one day... personal, hands-on experience for all!

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Fun and informative

Took our two grandchildren to visit and were rewarded with an informative and fun trip. We took in all the indoor exhibits and walked the outdoor nature path.

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 14, 2015
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Keller
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Took our two grandchildren to visit and were rewarded with an informative and fun trip. We took in all the indoor exhibits and walked the outdoor nature path.

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

I am 11 and was 11 while there. When you go you get the choice of kayaking the whole day. Hiking and kayaking for the day. Or hiking the whole day. And lastly hiking and then doing a lab sort of thing. My family chose hike and lab option because it was overcast and we were tired from bear watching... More 

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Rocklin, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Our family of four attended this tour, including our 13 and 15 year old sons. We all had a great time and learned more than we could have imagined that we would. It was an absolutely fascinating day! The tour starts with a boat ride over to a nearby island. On the ride over, you learn about sea life and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

The actual site of the Coastal Studies facility is in a beautiful location, nestled among trees, up on a hillside, overlooking Kachemak Bay. Our guide for the day was amazingly knowledgable about not only the geography of the area, but also the geology and all forms of life. This is not a day for those not in great physical condition.... More 

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Boone
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

It was so much fun to explore the world under the sea. It was family friendly and oh so much fun! It was a lot of walking. We originally had booked for my 72 yr old father to go, but he decided not to. I'm glad he didn't as I'm not sure he could have done it. We did the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Our visit was part of a five day Best of Alaska tour and was a well thought out facility. We learned a lot about the fishing in the area and the other wildlife in the area. There was a nice gift shop there that actually had some "Made in Alaska" items along with the other typical imported stuffed animals, sweatshirts,... More 

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Johnstown, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

The visit to the center was well worth the time. The facility is very nice and offers a wide overview of what happened in the past as well as why it is so important for the future of the area and Alaska. It has great exhibits for the whole family from young to old and was very enjoyable and enlightening.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Beautiful building with wonderful exhibits explaining how the wild life service takes care of our natural resources in Alaska. Do watch the movie for orientation -then get any info you need from the helpful people working the desk.

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The Villages, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

This is a must visit of young and old. Very entertaining and educational. Our guide Leslie was steeped in knowledge, friendly and entertaining. She made our visit a day to remember. We went tide pooling, walked through the forest and sent time at the research center

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clarks summit,pa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

You can have your child earn a badge. Our son loved doing it. Very interesting center. Thanks to all The employees for the helpful information.

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