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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
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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Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This was good to find out things to do in Homer. Interesting exhibits and films. If in the area you may want to check this place out.

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washingtondc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Our guide, Liz, taught us so much about tide pools, and we learned about flowers and trees on our hike. Our kids loved the touch pool. Seeing puffins on Gull Island on the way back was a perfect ending to a great day!

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Big Lake, Alaska
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I've lived in Alaska for 35 years and continue to make the trek over to Peterson Bay and the Alaska Center for Coastal Studies any chance I get. Recently took another group of relatives over and found the place is still so magical, a perfect way to get a taste of what "real" Alaska is like. The unique experience to... More

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Anchorage
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

My guide Jess was able to answer every question I had and led me on a beautiful hike. The tide was too high to go tide pooling but we made the best of it. I was eating berries off trees and grass/plants out of the ground. It was awesome! I highly recommend it. China Poot Bay/Beach was my favorite.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This was the third time my husband and I have visited The Center for Alaskan Costal Studies. Each time we are impressed with the knowledge and professionalism of the interpreters! You spend several hours walking in the forest (easy walk), and another few hours exploring tidal zone. It is a wonderful way to learn about the flora and fauna of... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This was such a pleasant surprise and side trip. The center was very informative with a great lay out for learning about the area and it's history. A must see in Homer.

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Marshall, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Spent a full day at Peterson Bay. Tide pooling in the morning at China Poot Bay then kayaking in the afernoon from Peterson Bay around to China Poot Bay. Great to see the change from low to high tide. Staff was great for both experiences.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

this was a great thing to do - especially on a rainy day. loved seeing wildlife up close and learning about the different animals and birds

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Our family had a fantastic day at the Peterson Bay Field Station. Our day began at 8 a.m. checking in at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies yurt on the Homer Spit. After a ferry ride across the Peterson Bay, we were hiking with LIz, our naturalist/guide learning about the plants and animals that inhabit the area. Liz was very... More

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swansea ma us
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

A very good exhibit of plant, animal and marine life. I was particularly interested in how the land is uplifting and changing.

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