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Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

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Address: 708 Smokey Bay Way, P.O. Box 2225, 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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This place is huge. It has museum quality displays. Fantastic laboratory space and nice lecture rooms. There is a theater that has several movies available to view. We were there... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Anchorage, Alaska
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104 reviews 104 reviews
29 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This place is huge. It has museum quality displays. Fantastic laboratory space and nice lecture rooms. There is a theater that has several movies available to view. We were there about 3 hours and I did not see it all. There is a very nice gift shop that has excellent birding books. From the parking lot you can take a... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

The exhibits really do make sense of the history, geology and nature of the region. The welcoming staff of volunteers makes this a very welcoming place. The nature walk down to the beach is a wealth of bird and vegetation activity. Totally worth the visit

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Redding, Connecticut
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

must see as driving into Homer. donation based; so affordable for families. a good hour or two of entertainment. Nice gift shop

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

These folks will get you out into the wilderness for a day and you will learn all kinds of great stuff about the Alaska coastal ecosystem.

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Central Coast California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

A well-done trip - water taxi to Petersen Bay location, hikes with knowledgeable naturalist guides, customized to group size, ages and fitness levels. Perfect for flora/fauna geeks and photographers.

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United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This Center was a great place to learn more about the area. They had a temporary exhibit with nature photographs that was especially nice. They also previewed a film about the 1964 earthquake that was very interesting.

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We did the full day tour and loved it. We are a couple in our late 20's early 30's. There was so much to see in the tidal pools. They have rubber boots in every size that you can borrow for free to keep your feet dry. So many starfish of all shapes/sizes/colors and my favorite the octopus. Liz is... More 

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Kenai Peninsula
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This place is wonderful. They do a great job explaining the area and they have great things to do for children and adults. Highly recommend to visit while in Homer Alaska!

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Bethesda, MD
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We had a terrific day hiking and sea kayaking with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. We spent the first half of the day on hikes on the island -- my younger son and husband had a terrific 6 mile hike with Hannah, who answered my 12 year old's many, many questions. My older son and I did a hike... More 

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Northern Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We went on the Dock Tour with Katie and it was great! For $5, it was a great value to learn where to look for sea creatures. We saw sea anemones, shrimp, sea urchins, and a few different kinds of small fish. We met at the Center's yurt on the Homer Spit and took a short walk over to the... More 

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