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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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We had questions regarding tide pools and where to go to locate sea creatures. Staff was very helpful and you didn't give us suggestions about their dock tour. My... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We had questions regarding tide pools and where to go to locate sea creatures. Staff was very helpful and you didn't give us suggestions about their dock tour. My nine-year-old and five-year-old had a blast on the dock tour got to hold sea stars,urchins,hermit crabs ,barnacles and touch enemies and lots of other sea creatures that live under the docks.... More 

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Capistrano Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Everyone who visits Homer needs to take the boat ride across the bay to the Center. After a great educational lecture, you get to take hiking paths through virgin forests to the tide pools full of all kinds of animals and creatures. Timing is important to catch the low tide as the tidal swings can be more than 20 feet.

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Lookout Mountain, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We started out at the main office to find out what was available in early/mid June to do. It was the day before the Wynn Nature Center opened but we were directed up the road to the Wynn Nature Center anyway. We had an enjoyable walk, albeit very cool weather, around the nature trail. We were first greeted by a... More 

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Takoma Park, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Very informative. I particularly like the graphic way they showed how big of a shift there is in sea level in the Cook Inlet between Low Tide and High Tide.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Coastal Studies was so educational. While not my usual area of interest, I learn many things. The displays, the films, the exhibits are absolutely outstanding. It rivals most museum!

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Gainesville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Becca was a great tour guide, and our daughter had a lot of fun tide pooling, hiking through the forest and even inspecting plankton under microscopes after the outside activities were done. Becca showed us how much life there is amongst the rocks and the trees and really knew her stuff when it came down to identifying all the little... More 

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Saint Joseph, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We had a few hours in the quaint little town of Homer and stopped by the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. They were so friendly and excited that we had stopped. They gave us several ideas and lots of information. We ended up doing the Dock Tour which was an absolute hit for kids, teens and adults. The friendly and... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

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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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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Address: 708 Smokey Bay Way, P.O. Box 2225, Homer, AK 99603
Phone Number: 907-235-6667
Location: United States  >  Alaska (AK)  >  Homer

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