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Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

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Address: 708 Smoky Bay Way, Homer, AK 99603-7653
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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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Good Museum Like Setting

A good place to visit to get both culteral and environmental information from displays, videos and site personell. I enjoyed the kayak displays and the unusually large bay facing... read more

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A good place to visit to get both culteral and environmental information from displays, videos and site personell. I enjoyed the kayak displays and the unusually large bay facing windows which had cable rigging to stabilize them in the winds.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in because the local paper said there was a bunch of activities for kids the week we were in Homer. We stopped in to find out what they had going on. They basically just tried to sell us tours.... none of which seemed worth the cost considering they were guided tours of public areas that we could go... More 

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

Hi! I'm glad you made it to Homer! I apologize that you didn't receive information you were happy with. I'm not sure who you spoke with at our headquarters but we actually do not offer ANY tours that we charge for at this time of year (in the midst of our school field trip season), generally we suggest folks head... More 

Brunswick, Georgia
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Reviewed April 18, 2017

Had a friend who worked here in the past, and it was recommended in the National Geographic travel book. As a naturalist in Georgia, it was awesome to be able to ask someone the same kinds of questions that I get asked there and have someone answer them for me (i.e. what bird is that? can I eat this berry?)... More 

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Reviewed September 17, 2016

I was impressed by the extended information on the Aleutian Islands presented in this Center! I visited numerous museums, visitor centers and cultural centers on my trip - this one was certainly different in content. Well worth a couple of hours!

Thank Deb022
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Reviewed September 16, 2016

We did two excursions with this group and both were very interesting, Seth was our guide for the Dock tour. He showed us all the creatures who live under the dock plus some who live in the water. The Starfish was the most interesting. Henry was our guide for the Peterson Bay experience. We had a very interesting hike through... More 

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Reviewed September 15, 2016

This is definitely a must stop for any visitor. Our first time to AK and it was so interesting and very informative.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed September 12, 2016

Inexpensive and fun way to spend an hour of your day. Didn't even realize how many creatures were visible from the docks...and the Deadliest Catch boats were in view too! Loved this tour and how informative it was.

Thank Gina S
Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed September 12, 2016

Did a full day tour of the Peterson Bay field station. Greta experience. Very knowledgable guide who taught us a lot about the inter tidal ecosystem and the rain forest. Highly recommend this.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed September 4, 2016

My husband and I signed up for this all day tour of Peterson Field Station in advance. The cost was $155 a person, but I used my tour saver app and it was 2 for the price of 1. This was well worth the money spent. We met at the yurt on the Homer Spit and were given boots to... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed August 27, 2016

We'd wanted to take a 1/2 day boat trip ($99 each) out into the Kachemak Bay but there were only two us signed up and the Center needed four to make the trip go. However, we did take a combo tour of a 1.5 hour walk at their Wynn Nature Center above Homer and of a 1 hour visit to... More 

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