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Explore Kachemak Bay with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

For over 30 years, the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies has been connecting visitors of all ages with the unique ecosystems of Kachemak Bay. From the remote Peterson Bay Field Station, beautiful Carl E. Wynn Nature Center, and surprising Homer Harbor, we take guests on journeys of discovery through one of the most productive and diverse coastal areas in Alaska.  We have programs for everyone, from children and teens to avid hikers and those looking for a relaxing experience in nature.  Our welcoming and knowledgeable staff will open up a new world and deepen each visitor's appreciation and understanding of this very special place.  Contact our office to find the best program for your group: (907) 235-6667 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Overnight Stays at the Peterson Bay Field Station

Make the most of your trip by taking advantage of our overnight accommodations at the Peterson Bay Field Station.  Stay in yurts (5 yurts sleep 6-8 people each) with access to the Field Station kitchen, dining area, and campfire facilities.  

Educational Experiences Alaska Coastal Ecology

The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies has been providing engaging, science-based environmental education through our Alaska Coastal Ecology field trips with school groups from throughout the state and beyond for more than 3 decades.  One, two, three, and four day options are available at the Peterson Bay Field Station.  Naturalists will provide hands-on activities and guided exploration during your stay tailored to your group's interests.  Options include: tidepooling, forest ecology hikes, medicinal plant walks, microscope labs, scientific sketching, environmental monitoring, field studies, small mammal observations, marine invertebrate touch tanks, geology exploration, local Native cultural studies, and visits by experts.  

Adventure & Relaxation Along Beautiful Peterson Bay

The field station and surrounding forest and beature make for an incredible outdoor adventure playground or secluded nature retreat.  We offer guided hikes for all, from mellow to strenuous with striking views of mountains, glaciers, and bays.  Beach walks are also another favorite activity, and for the more rambunctious, we have a whole repertoire of team-building and recreational games to be enjoyed on the sandy flats.  Our firepit is an inviting gathering place for groups, serving as a s'more station, talent show production stage, and discussion circle.  

Hiking & Learning at the Wynn Nature Center

Located conveniently on East Skyline drive above Homer, the Wynn Nature Center is a wonderful addition to any itinerary.  Here you can enjoy relaxing guided walks through wildflower meadows, invigorating forest hikes on 5 miles of trails with sweeping vista views, or educational programs based out of the Daisy Lee Bitter visitor's cabin.  

Belly Biology at the Homer Harbor

You'll be amazed what you disover!  A CACS naturalist will guide your group and reveal the diversity of unique animals living on and under the Homer Harbor docks.  

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