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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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Great natural history trip!

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 12, 2015
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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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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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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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Orange, Texas
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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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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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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 via mobile

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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