Kachemak Bay Onboard Oceanography
Programs onboard the M/V Discovery.
5 hour cruise onboard the M/V Discovery. Scientific inquiry-based activities involve students in small group and whole group study stations.The five hour program focuses on oysters and oyster farming to highlight the productivity of Kachemak Bay. Activities may include water sampling, plankton tow and microscope study, and reading charts, nautical charts and tide books. Mid April to May.
The pre-trip packet can be downloaded here.
Theteacher manualwith pre- and post-trip activity suggestions, and worksheets for student activities can be downloaded here.
Planning the Trip
Kachemak Oceanography cruises can be schedule between mid-April and Memorial Day.
A ratio of one adult per six students is required for the cruise. Teachers and chaperones are expected to maintain discipline.
Students should spend classroom time prior to the trip studying the manual and preparing for the field activities. Post-field trip activities are also included in the manual.
A non-refundable deposit of $300 is required to hold a reservation once it is confirmed. Cancellations after February 15 will be charged a $250 cancellation fee. This fee will be refunded if the reservation can be filled.
Full payment is due within ten days after the trip.
The fee is $80/person for the five-hour program and $71/person for the six-hour program. Fees are for students and adults with one free teacher and include instruction and travel on the Discovery.
CACS is a non-profit organization with youth as our primary audience for environmental education. We try very hard to keep our fees reasonable for school groups. Scholarships are often available to help with program fees. Call 907-235-6667 to ask about scholarship availablity.
The minimum charge is for a group of 25. The maximum group size is 35 unless prior arrangements are made.
The Oceanography program can be combined with the Alaska Coastal Ecology residential program at Peterson Bay Field Station for $55 per person.