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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 13 attractions in Homer
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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Billings, Montana
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Their Dock Walk was very informative and interesting. We saw water critters and their behavior that I would not have guessed were so easily accessible. Very good value.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

We went on two tours with the CACS. We ended up on a private nature hike at the Wynn Nature Center with Robroy, which was great. Beautiful and peaceful walk through the woods, took about 2 hours. We also went on the Peterson Bay Nature Tour, which was only ok. The naturalists (Loretta and Gabby) were excellent but our expectations... More

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

We went for one of their shorter programs on the spit where the kids had a chance to see the Critters Under the Docks. Wow was it incredible what they found! The kids would lie down on their bellies to examine what was in the water and there was a lot of variety. Definitely recommend a visit and if we'd... More

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Homer, Alaska
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies has their main office at the address above. They hold some programs there at the central office, and also have a small gift shop with reference books, maps, and softgoods like tshirts and sweatshirts. The Center is the hub for their three satellite campuses: The Carl Wynn Nature Center, their yurt on the Spit... More

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Summerville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

My husband and I visited the Peterson Bay facility on Aug. 21, 2013. With help from the staff, we planned to go there when tides were extremely low ....negative. We left Homer Spit about 9 am and returned about 4 pm.We were amazed at all the starfish, sea cucumbers, chitin, anemone, urchins,and octopuses that we saw......still alive and clinging to... More

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terrapinproud
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

When I first heard about this tour I was skeptical. Tidepooling sounds...well boring. But the Kachemak Bay experiences the second greatest tidal variations in the world, something like 40 feet at the peak. So here is how I recommend approaching this; First, check the tide tables and see if you can time your visit during a super low tide. They... More

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Homer, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

I had the pleasure of being "chief cook and bottle washer" for a weekend workshop that paired writing and drawing. From my perch in the kitchen I could hear the warm exchange of ideas interspersed with lots of laughter! I shared some activities like hiking and tide pooling--both of which are easily accessible in this peaceful and pristine place tucked... More

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California Hot Springs, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

We sailed from Homer for about 1.5 hours. Then we explored the tide pools - which was probably the highlight of the day. Lots of intertidal creatures. This was followed by a 3mi. RT hike to a pretty lake. This as was the afternoon walk to the bog were pretty low key. Not much wildlife. In truth if we did... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013 via mobile

We did the combo trip and had a great time. The morning consisted of a couple mile forest walk with a naturalist which was pretty interesting. The afternoon was a kayaking trip in the beautiful bays around the center. We'd definitely recommend it!

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Anchorage, Alaska
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8 reviews 8 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

My sisters were visiting Homer, Alaska for the first time and I wanted to treat them to something truly memorable. We chose the Guided Natural History and Kayak tour and it was fabulous! We had a minus tide the day we booked our journey, thus the tide pools were amazing! We saw numerous huge starfish, sea cucumbers, urchins, crabs, and... More

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