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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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Activities: Hiking
Description: 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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Great day and learned so much. Absolutely must do when you are in Homer.

We were very lucky as we were the only people on the tour, perhaps because it was a weekday. We did the tour and the hike. Our guide Becca had a degree in marine biology and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We were very lucky as we were the only people on the tour, perhaps because it was a weekday. We did the tour and the hike. Our guide Becca had a degree in marine biology and taught us so much. We rode a water taxi to the center in Peterson Bay. We spent the morning tide pooling. It was so... More 

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Hope Mills, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Great display of local points of interest. The Center was an opportunity to see and "experience" animals and culture of the region in one central spot. Do remember, this is a museum and not nature .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We had a very good day at the center. lots of information presented about the history of Alaska. The staff was very well informed and provide us with explanations when necessary. Would definitely recommend it to people who want to learn more about Alaskan Coast.

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Macon, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Beautiful views, informative, well worth the visit. I will return when I return to Alaska. Very good for families.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

They have an itty bitty little tent out on the spit that you can go to the dock with a tour guide and get up close and personal with the creatures that are in the water by the dock. I have to admit we put a negative stereotype on our tour guide at first, but was pleasantly surprised once we... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

The center is located right on the highway with plenty of parking for RV rigs. The center is a good place to learn about Alaska's coastal eco-system. There is a nice boardwalk behind the center to take a stroll out to the beach. Younger children will really enjoy the interactive displays.

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Nacogdoches
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We enjoyed this visit; learned a lot about Alaska wildlife and really appreciated the opportunity to have a 'hands on' experience w/many of the sea life.

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Southern California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

This is a wonderful way to spend a day if you are interested in almost any major area of the natural sciences or Kachemak Bay in general. The tidepool experience alone is worth the visit...We were lucky enough to be able to pick a day with a -4 foot tide at 10:30 AM, so we spent the whole morning in... More 

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Trapper Creek, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Awesome place. Pristine and beautiful. Poured rain but would do it again in a heartbeat. Bring good quality rain gear like Helly Hansen or Grundens. I wore quick dry pants from Cabelas and they were waterlogged in minutes. Learned my lesson. Trail system has lots of uneven ground and tree roots. I wore Keens with wool socks. Bring an extra... More 

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Harrisonburg, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This facility is very interesting and informative, and free. There is lots of information about the area, and it is well presented - there is a short video worth seeing as well

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