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“Success across 3 generations” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

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
Type: Educational Sites, History Museums, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Cultural
Activities: Hiking
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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!
Denver
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“Success across 3 generations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

Full day of hiking and exploring for 6 kids (ages 7-14), my mother who is 74, and 5 middle age types. We ate our way through the morning hike. I had no idea that it would be an edible berry, flower, root tour and that made the day for me. Must have tried 20 different items including the watermelon berry which tasted like a cross between watermelon and cucumbers. Every 25 yards it seemed like there was something new to try. The kids loved the tide pooling in the afternoon and the visit to the archaeological site. I was very nervous about how 12 family members across a broad age span would do on a full day tour, but it was a hit up and down the line and was not physically demanding. The morning tour to lost lake wasn't a stunning walk - but Howard's narrative was absolutely engaging to the entire group. One warning - our kids learned a song "Sea Stars Are Not Star Fish" there that they sang in the minivan for the next 5 days.

Visited August 2012
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“Peterson Field Station - not for everyone”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

We did the day tour and learned a lot from our exploration of the tidal pools and our nature hike up to the top of the island. Who knew how much lurks beneath those rocks! What people should be aware of is the physical exertion that will be needed to get to the tidal pools (rocky beaches covered with seaweed, waders are provided - but are not easy to maneuver in). The nature hike will require some up & down sections on narrow trails with rocks, roots & slippery mud covered slopes that are steep in some sections. Folks with bad knees or hips, beware! The trip across the bay can also be bumpy and you are traveling in a partially covered aluminum Boston whaler type ship. It was rigorous for us, but we did enjoy it - just likely not to do a repeat.

Visited July 2012
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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“Extreme Tide Pooling”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

We stayed two nights in the yurts, as well as a guide led hike and tide pooling trip. The tides and creatures you see are amazing. Our guide, Howard, was fantastic and extemely knowledgable of the wild life in the area. We saw seals, sea otters, LOTS of sea stars, octopuses, nudibranchs (look it up) and a ton of other animals and plants. Missed the blueberries by a couple of weeks, but there were a ton coming in!

You have access to a full kitchen and bring over your own food. We cooked salmon and halibut! Hung out around the camp fire late into the night. Great trip!

Visited July 2012
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“Lots of variety”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

We did the Pederson Bay Tour w/ Kent as our guide. Nice 30 minute trip across the bay w/ sea otters watching us. Very informative hike through the forest and at Lost and Found Lake we found many creatures by just dipping a small net in the water. Best part was exploring the tidal pools at low tide. We had fun clambering over barnacled covered rock to explore all the crevices. You can't believe how many varied creatures we saw by just turning over some rocks. Learned a lot and so much more fun in an "outdoor classroom". My 2 teen boys enjoyed it. Make sure to check the tide tables.

Visited June 2012
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“Under the Docks Tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

This was such a great deal - only $5 a piece and we got a great tour of the invertebrate life in the intertidal zone of Homer. Our guide, Kent, was fantastic and incredibly knowledgeable. We saw sea stars (even one eating a clam), lots of anenomes and so many cool little critters! It was great becuase of our guide's enthusiasm and willingness to look in all kinds of nooks and crannies. We later went tidepooling in low tide and saw very little - so glad to have had that experience!

It was not normal - but a harbor seal actually came up next to us to eat from a small school of fish.

Visited June 2012
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