Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

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Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
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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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Mandy M
New York City, NY12 contributions
Jun 2022
My partner booked this tour for her 9 year old daughter who is a naturalist in the making. I was going along for the ride and I'm so happy that I did. The tour was great. Everyone associated with Coastal Studies was fabulous. We learned a lot and had a blast. We got to see a lot of puffins and otters on the boat then went to a satellite location where they had touch tanks to hold starfish, sea anemones, hermit crabs and learn about tide pools.

The highlight for me was going to an oyster farm where we learned all about the harvesting process and then could shuck oysters right on the dock (I love oysters).

All in all a great day and tour.
Written 22 June 2022
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Curt S
12 contributions
Jun 2022
Very negative towards military, and expansion within Alaska. I think they could do better at presenting historical and scientific facts without letting their political views slant their wording.
Written 10 June 2022
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James C
3 contributions
Aug 2021
We wanted to avoid the typical tourist venues and connect with nature, the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies the perfect place for this. We spent a day at the Peterson Bay field station exploring tidal areas and later hiking through the forest. Our guide, Jenna, was amazing and extremely knowledgeable of the ecosystems and natural history of the location and region. Our family learned so much on this trip and gained a greater appreciation of the natural environment. The next day we did a short self-guided hike at the Wynn Nature Center which was also very enjoyable. The Coastal Studies Center is a great way to experience Alaska while supporting an important organization to help protect the environment. It is a must do trip if you are in the area.
Written 15 August 2021
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Scatterlings Institute
Sausalito, CA46 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
What a fun afternoon hike with Mia and Henry! The reserve is beautiful, and the hike was just the right level of exercise. We learned a lot about the local flora and fauna. Recommended!
Written 8 August 2021
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Erin B
New York City, NY95 contributions
Jul 2021
We are a couple in our 30s and we loved this tour! Our guide was an impressive young woman (I think her name is Daisy) who knew so much about Homer's marine life and exactly where to look to find them. There was so much to see: attached to the dock, in the water, under a buoy, ect.! You can touch and hold the specimens before returning them to the water. This tour is short and sweet and a way to learn about the wildlife that is around you which you would normally never see or think about. The range of wildlife is diverse and I learned of creatures that I never knew existed. This is a terrific way to spend a free afternoon - it is centrally located in the harbor so you can easily grab an early dinner or go souvenir shopping afterwards.
Written 29 July 2021
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april m
Brownsburg, IN61 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Our family did the Creatures Of The Dock Tour and it was awesome. Our guide, Daisy, was very knowledgeable and found so many sea creatures under those docks!! My kids were able to touch everything we found except for one poisonous jelly fish. I highly recommend this for kids ages 6-12.
Written 27 July 2021
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Jean H
4 contributions
Jul 2021
Small place with some good informative displays. Walking trail down to beach as well. Free and has a nice little gift shop.
Written 15 July 2021
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Valerie S
Westbury, NY10 contributions
Jun 2021
This is a must-do if you are in the Homer area, especially during extreme low tide. While my husband and I were planning for our honeymoon in Alaska, my aunt (an Alaskan teacher) mentioned the Peterson Bay Field Station operated through the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, and said that tidepooling there is worth doing. I agree 100%. We have no regrets, only very positive memories. The truth is that our tidepooling day was one of the biggest highlights of our honeymoon... it was educational and fun!

We did the overnight stay.

We wanted to get the most out of the experience, so we booked early and timed our tour to be during a record -4.5 tide, which would be the lowest of the summer. There was some confusion in the booking because the staff thought we may be annoyed by there being a camp going on while we were there, and they suggested we do it a day or two later. However, we explained we were okay with a camp going on, and that we wanted that particular day in specific due to the tide. They honored this request, and went above and beyond for us. Instead of us being around the campers, they customized our first evening so it was just the two of us with a guide, and the next day we were in a group with only adults (plus one very polite older child who had no association with the camp). They didn't need to do this and I'm sure it created stress on their end, but it is extremely appreciated!

Our guide, Alexa, was extremely knowledgable and pleasant. A true naturalist. She taught us at length about the multiple macroscopic invertebrates of the tidepools. We saw countless sea stars, anemones, crabs, and so forth. And because it was extreme low tide, we even saw some bottom-dwellers. My husband found an opalescent nudibranch which is apparently quite rare to find. We also went to an octopus den and could tell it was home because the water level was going up and down.

This was a very unique experience. I wouldn't suggest it for the typical tourist. However, for those who are very interested in ecology and similar fields, it is an absolute must-do. I also again thank the staff for being so helpful!!
Written 8 July 2021
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143gws
Kenosha, WI72 contributions
Jul 2021
This is definitely a must if you have any interest in sea life! Our family learned so much during the Creatures of the Dock Tour. It is suitable for all ages, is only $25 per family, and last a good hour. Our guide shared so much about creatures below the surface. We saw sea pork, so many different kinds of anemone (which are beautiful), crabs, barnacles, huge starfish, and jellyfish. Extremely educational and fun.
Written 5 July 2021
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SheriffBTJustice
Texas Gulf Coast, TX282 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
A stop here provides great insight into the history of coastal Alaska. Unfortunately the movie offered was still closed due to COVID-19 but we made the best of our time there. If you are a WWII buff, there is great information on the US presence in the Aleutian Islands, including a great video.
Admission is free.
Written 4 July 2021
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