40th Anniversary Fun!

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Trivia Question #1 What year did Coastal Studies acquire Peterson Bay? Bonus entry if you know from whom! Congratulations Diane McBride for being our first trivia winner!

The purchase agreement between CACS and Dr. & Ms. Wong was signed in 1984, but lease payments and discussions about the property ocurred in 1982 & 1983 - so those guesses were counted as well.

Early Peterson Bay

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Board of Directors & Staff

Board of Directors

Debbie Oudiz, PhD, President, retired environmental toxicologist for the California Environmental Protection Agency.  

Kelli Parker, Member at Large, over twenty years experience in public and nonprofit sector program development and management.

Kathy Anderson, PhD, MPH, MS, Secretary, retired telecommunications executive. Retired adjunct professor of Marketing and Public Health at UAA, APU, and the University of South Florida.

Britni Siekaniec , Member at Large, business Owner, AK Salt Co.                 

Casey Siekaniec ,Treasurer, business Owner, AK Salt Co.

Betsy Webb, Member at Large,  professional history includes Curator of Zoology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and Curator of Collections at the Pratt Museum. 

Bryan Zak, Member at Large,  present Judge for Pacific Excellence Northwest, Former Mayor of the City of Homer,  Past Associate State Director for the Small Business Development Center. Present Owner of Alaska Adventure Cabins, Board member of the Homer Senior Center, Rotarian and member of Homer United Methodist Church, previous District Boy Scout Executive Director before joining the Air Force - Flew B-52s, B-1s, and then wrote AFPD 90-501 for the installation of Quality throughout the Air Force. 

Mina Kumar, Member at Large, project manager with nearly twenty years of experience with social sector organizations including non-profits, private foundations, socially responsible businesses, and social enterprises. 

Paula Cullenberg, Member at Large, former director of Alaska Sea Grant, UAF professor emeritus, board member Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust, Bristol Bay salmon fisherman and owner of Small Boat Salmon.

Nancy Lee Evans, PhD, MS, Vice-President, founder of the Alaska Alternative Energy Resource Center at the Alaska Center for the Environment, Adjunct faculty at UAA,  staff or board member of 12 non-profits since 1980 including the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust and the Homer Folk School and as owner of  AnamCara,  teaches classes in holistic healing,  wild edible and medicinal plants, Celtic tradition  and offers ancestral tours of Ireland.

Timothy Robinson, MS, LPCS, NCC, Member at Large, Owner and Provider at Kachemak Counseling

Heather Kelvig, Member at Large, Past educator, parent and member of the Wynn Nature Center Committee

Liz Mering, Member at Large, Attorney with a background in biology and forestry. Liz attended Lewis and Clark Law School where she focused on environmental, federal Indian, and international law receiving her JD in 2016. Liz came to Alaska to work for Alaska Legal Services where she represented Alaska Native Tribes in state court. Prior to law school, Liz spent eight years studying bats mostly on the Colorado Plateau and received her MS in Forestry at Northern Arizona University. When not working, Liz can be found hiking with her dogs (Pancake and Mazie), taking photos, or experimenting with new cookie recipes.  

Interested in joining our Board of Directors? Click here for an application!


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Henry Reiske
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Naturalists and Interns Hired Seasonally

And Amazing Volunteers Make It Happen!  We love our volunteers!

Lesson Plans for Science & Stewardship

 Lessons for 4th-8th grade learners:

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Lessons for High School Audiences:

Note - many of the above lessons in the 4th-8th grade section can be adapted easily for high school age too. 



Easy Activity Sheets and ID Guides for Outdoor Learning

Most of these activity sheets are intended for K-6 learners, though could be adapted for use with older students.

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Activities for K-3rd grade learners:

Activities for 4th-8th grade learners:

Activities for High School Audiences:81 XL

  • Intertidal Scavenger Hunt (Explore Bishops Beach during low tides-August 31st-September 4th and September 15th-20th)
  • Wilderness ER and Medicinal Plants-Matching Activity-For this activity, have students match the relevant medicinal plant(s) with the wilderness ER scenario.  If possible, go outside to search for the plants or collect small samples.  
  • Macroinvertebrates-Forests and Freshwater - This activity is best done in late spring, summer, or fall.  Use small fish-tank nets to scoop macroinvertebrates from freshwater. Collect samples of soil and organic matter from the forest floor. If you place these samples in a funnel (or plastic bottle cut in half, with the lid off) and shine a light at the top of the sample for a few hours the macroinvertebrates will tend to crawl out the bottom of the funnel.  Put a jar there to collect them.  Don't forget to check the funnel regularly, since being under the light for a long time can stress the macroinvertebrates, and treat the macroinvertebrates with respect!  Return the macroinvertebrates and samples to where you collected them when you are finished.

Guides and Additional Resources:

Summer Youth Programs

Marine Mammal Camp

August 8-12, 2022

Ages 10-12

This camp is for kids who are curious about the ins and outs of marine mammals. Campers will spend 4 nights and 5 days at the Peterson Bay Field Station learning about marine mammals, being wildlife detectives and articulating (or putting together) a mystery skeleton! Includes a wildlife boat tour on Kachemak Bay to view marine mammals. Cost: $600 per person (scholarships available).
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Summer Day Camp

Spend the summer outside! Weekly day camp for 6-10 year-olds.  9:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday-Thursday.  Sign up for a single week, a few weeks, or the whole summer!

Fun-filled days OUTDOORS: games, art, exploration from the forest of the Wynn Nature Center to the beaches on the Homer Spit! 10 weeks of camp beginning June 7th and offered through August 12th. New exciting themes each week.

Week 1: June 6-9: Grow! Grow! Grow!
Week 2: June 13-16: Wild About Wildlife!
Week 3: June 20-23: Flowers & Insects
Week 4: June 27-June 30: Art & Nature

OFF - No Camp July 4-7

Week 5: July 11-14: Water, Water, Everywhere!
Week 6: July 18-21: Music & Nature
Week 7: July 25-28: Wilderness Survival
Week 8: August 1-4: Streams & Fish
Week 9: August 8-11: Wild Edibles & Garden Harvest

New themes each week. $225 per week of camp - discount for a sibling ($200 sibling rate). Sign up for multiple weeks of camp and get a 10% discount for each additional week of camp! ($202.50/$180 sibling rate).
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Between the Tides Camp

June 12-15, 2022Between the Tides all campers

Ages 10-12

Learn all about marine and coastal science with 4 days full of fun, adventure, and exploration at the Peterson Bay Field Station. Find strange and amazing intertidal animals during EXTREME low tides when the beaches of Otter Rock and China Poot Bay are fully revealed! Enjoy a boat trip to view seabirds and marine mammals and investigate oceanography in Kachemak Bay. Have fun with team games and challenges, epic fire-toasted desserts, and 3 nights camping in our yurts. Cost: $500 per person. Full and partial scholarships available! Some travel funding or support for Kachemak Bay/Lower Cook Inlet-area youth may also be available.

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Kachemak  Camp

June 27-30, 2022

Ages 9-12

Four-day camp with two day sessions (June 27 & June 28) at the Wynn Nature Center and two nights at the Peterson Bay Field Station (~4:00 pm June 28 to ~ 4:30 pm June 30). Explore the diverse habitats and wildlife of the forests and beaches around Kachemak Bay. Activities include animal tracking & game cams, forest hikes, tidepooling, outdoor fun, and adventure! PERFECT for a first-time camper or a learner who is craving more hands-on, outdoor exploration! Cost: $450 per person (tiered pricing and scholarships available).

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Teen EcoAdventure Camp

July 25 1 Aug 3, 2022

Ages 12-15 years old

This 10 day outdoor adventure and environmental stewardship camp explores the changing environment and how this connects to a most basic and delicious part of our lives - food! Activities include backcountry & yurt camping, hiking along forests, beaches, alpine, and at the foot of a glacier, berry picking and preserving, learning about salmon fishing, tidepooling, understanding ethnobotany and local edible plant uses, and having fun in the kitchen making a range of homemade foods. Throughout all this, participants learn about how different changes to the forest, beach, and marine ecosystems affect the food we eat and how our food choices affect the environment and communities around us.Cost: $999 per person (scholarships available). Price includes all boat transportation around Kachemak Bay, food, and lodging.
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Family Camp

Fun and adventure for the family. CACS Family Nature Camps are a great opportunity for families to be together and get outside in an amazing Kachemak Bay setting. Activities include tidepooling, hiking, campfire songs, wildlife watching plus games and hands-on activities for all ages. Families sleep in yurts. Costs include transportation, meals, and the program itself. Kayaking may be available. 

Cost: $250/Adult, $150/child. Price includes ALL transportation, meals, supplies, lodging and program costs for the entire weekend!   

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