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Address: 708 Smokey Bay Way, Homer, AK 99603
Phone Number: 907-235-6667
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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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A wonderful introduction to Kachemak Bay

We spent a day with Laura, one of the naturalists at CACS's Pederson Bay center. She was great. The first half of the day was a hiking exploration of the flora and fauna on the... read more

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We spent a day with Laura, one of the naturalists at CACS's Pederson Bay center. She was great. The first half of the day was a hiking exploration of the flora and fauna on the peninsula where the Center is located. Lunchtime gave us a chance to use the microscopy lab and look at the various types of plankton basing... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The itinerary we received was a shortened version of the day tour as it was intended to accommodate cruise passengers. Consequently, the price was $110 for adults; $80 for children. While we checked in earlier, the actual tour left from the Homer Spit at 11 am and returned at 4 pm. Since this outing was not advertised by the cruise... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First be warned this tour is not for anyone with knee, back, or leg problems. You have to be an experienced hiker or extremely physically fit to enjoy this tour. They do not provide any snacks or food so you will have to bring you own. Also this tour is very tide dependent so keep in mind when going. We... More 

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Connect2NaturewithUS, Manager at Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, responded to this review

Thank you for providing a review and I am sorry that you had such an unpleasant experience! It is unfortunate that you were not given better information prior to booking your trip and your experience with this tells us that we need to be even more diligent than we are to make sure cruise ship guides get as much information... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We recently went on the Creatures of the dock tour. It was short but fun, and we learned a lot from the young naturalist who was our guide. Quite fascinating to look at all the living creatures that use human constructions as their homes. We did spend some time getting up and down and hanging out on our bellies on... More 

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Homer, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What an amazing day! The naturalist was knowledgeable about the local foliage, sea creatures, birds, and other wildlife. She let us go at our own pace as we explored Peterson Bay and China Poot Bay at low tide.

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Arvada, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

We spend the morning exploring the tide pools in Peterson Bay. Our guides were knowledgeable and friendly. We saw all kinds of amazing life in the tide pools. This was definitely one of the highlights of our trip to Alaska.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

We went on a quiet day before season, and we had the volunteer all to ourselves. We got a detailed "tour" of the skeletons and their stories. I was so impressed, I bought a family membership, so we can go back and enjoy their summer activities as well.

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Melanie D, Public Relations Manager at Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, responded to this review

So glad that you stopped in! We look forward to you seeing you throughout the summer! Next Saturday, June 4th, is our Season Opening Community Potluck at The Wynn Nature Center - 6pm - 8pm, Mile 1.5 East Skyline Dr. Call 235-6746 if you have questions! More 

Dillingham, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

I took a tour across the bay. We had a great boat ride, saw lots of birds at hill island. Even saw a whale off in the distance. We went tidal pooling, it was great to have all the sea creatures explained. There is so much out there when you look. Then we did a short hike to Lost and... More 

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Homer, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

I really enjoyed this tour, Tide pooling, nature hikes, and plant identification were a few of the things we learned about. Overall very worth the time and money to go! I would recommend this to my closest friends and family.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016

The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies offers a chance to get up close and personal with the intertidal zone in Alaska, which is so rich and vibrant. I was amazed at the expertise of the guides and their level of understanding of the larger ecological systems of the Kachemak Bay. Wonderful day trip from Homer, and I highly recommend it.

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