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Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

708 Smokey Bay Way, P.O. Box 2225, Homer, AK 99603
907-235-6667
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Ranked #1 of 14 attractions in Homer
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, History Museums, Educational Sites
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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! « less
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Estes Park, Colorado
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80 reviews 80 reviews
33 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Great truly educational exhibits, amazing do not miss this great attraction. Be sure to stop. There is a nice s short hiking trail, fun programs, good gift shop. Immaculate restrooms. The kids will love it too.

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Sunapee, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

This is a great place to go and meet some people who are truly passionate about the environment and wildlife in the area. The displays are informative and hands on. The discovery room is a real gem. The different stations staffed with people was such a learning experience and they kept our boys attention and interest as they explained each... More

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47 reviews 47 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Good presentation of wildlife history, destruction and restoration. Learned a lot about the SE part of Alaska and it's part in WWII. Good for visit by children.

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Orange, Texas
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62 reviews 62 reviews
23 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I wanted to get up close and personal with the environment of Alaska. This tour/hike did just that. It was a relaxing and very interesting. After our hike and lunch, we were picked up by our water taxi and taken across the area to Peterson Bay to our kayak tour. Excellent guide/teacher and very friendly. It was... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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42 reviews 42 reviews
26 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We went with our kids (9 and 13) when our bear trip was canceled due to weather. It's a very interesting place and gives you some history as well as information on the wildlife. I had no idea that Japan had been on the islands here! The kids did the Junior ranger activity and found out some interesting facts of... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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68 reviews 68 reviews
29 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We arrived for a tour at the Yurt on the Spit @ 4:00. Ashley found loads of marine life under the dock and was amazing with children. We held a huge True Fish (starfish)and a green urchin, and felt some sort of sea slug. We saw 3 types of anemones and many more marine creatures. It rained the whole time... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We had a wonderful time hiking and exploring the tide pools. We learned a lot about Alaskan wild and plant life. It was a great way to spend the day with the kids. We spent the other half of the day kayaking with St. Augustines, maximizing our time exploring the other side of the Kachemak Bay. Highly recommend this combo... More

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Larkspur, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We did not quite know how to prepare for our adventure to Peterson Bay, but we were fairly successful. Our day to Peterson Bay we nicknamed "Day Camp" to the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies (CACS) Field Station, one of three of their organizations locations. We brought our box lunch, as they had instructed, and parked our car at the... More

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Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We stumbled upon the center's "Creatures of the Dock Tour" after being pointed there by a volunteer at the Homer Visitor Center. For only $5, you can go on an hour long educational walking tour around the harbor and explore all the creatures that live under the docks. We lucked out and had Carla as our guide, and we were... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This is such a well done "museum". There are exhibits about plants, about sea life, about local history and there is a well maintained trail through the coastal marsh and forest which teems with birds. I saw a Sandhill Crane with juveniles in the marshy area which was a real treat for me. Also there was a pair of Trumpeter... More

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