School Programs


Day Programs

Day trips range from one hour Creatures of the Dock Tours to 5 hour Onboard Oceanography cruises across Kachemak Bay. Our most popular day trips are listed below. Please contact us if you have a program in mind that you do not see listed below as we would be happy to work with you to develop a program to meet the needs of your class.




Marine Ecology Programs

Alaska Coastal Ecology - Spend the day enjoying our marine and forest ecology program at Peterson Bay Field Station or Kasitsna Bay Lab across Kachemak Bay from Homer. Grades 4-12. April-May or September - October. More Information >>

Kachemak Bay Onboard Oceanography - Five hour programs onboard the M/V Discovery. Grades 4-12. This program can be scheduled with an Alaska Coastal Ecology overnight program. April-May. More Information >>

Beluga Wetlands Ecology - 2 hour program comparing saltwater wetlands of Beluga Slough to freshwater habitats around Beluga Lake in Homer. Grades 4-12. August-September. More Information >>

Creatures of the Dock Tours - 1 hour program investigating the amazing marine life right under our feet on the floating dock of the Homer Harbor. Grades K-12. April-May or September. More Information >>

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Marine Stewardship Programs

Alaska CoastWalk Education - Get your students in CoastWalk, a citizen-science service learning project  around Kachemak Bay. CACS naturalists will come to your classroom to do a hands-on lesson, then help lead a  beach clean-up with your students. Grades K-12. September. More Information >>


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Forest Ecology Programs

Wynn Fall Nature Explorations - 1.5 to 2 hour programs at Wynn Nature Center on bluff overlooking Homer.Grades K-6. September.  More Information >>

Wynn Winter Ecology - 2 to 4 hour program on snow survival, winter ecology, and snowshoeing at Wynn Nature Center. Grades 3-6. Snow-dependent, November-March. More Information >>

Snowshoe Exploration - 1 to 2 hour program at Wynn Nature Center where students learn how to use snowshoes, hunt for signs of animals and think about animal adaptations to winter life. Grades K-3. Snow-dependent, November-March. More Information >>









 Residential programs give your students the opportunity to be immersed in the natural world while learning and growing friendships. Students will spend their time making observations, participating in hands-on activities and games, and problem solving in nature's own classroom.


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Our 2-3 day programs include lodging, instruction, and transportation across Kachemak Bay (if needed).

To reserve a program with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, please download and complete our Field Trip Request Form and return to our office by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Alaska Coastal Ecology - Daytrip or residential 2-3 day marine and forest ecology program at Peterson Bay Field Station or Kasitsna Bay Lab across Kachemak Bay from Homer. Grades 4-12. April-May or September. More Information>>

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 Winter Ecology Camp - 2-3 day residential field science and winter survival skills program on the snowy bluffs overlooking Homer. Grades 4-12.

Students are introduced to the winter ecology and survival in boreal ecosystems through hands-on activities. November- March. More Information >>


Check back to our website often for the most up to date information or call 907-235-6714 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be included in our teacher email list.


2022 School Field Trip Request Form

Peterson Bay Teacher Planning Guide

Kasitsna Bay Teacher Planning Guide

Who's Who in the Intertidal



The First Wave of Japan Tsunami Debris Cleanup


Learn about our Washed Ashore Homer project,

a creative way to deal with marine debris disposal!

For the most current information on the clean-up on Montague Island

check out our Blog which will be updated on a regular basis.


Pictures from Montague Isand Beaches taken by

Chris Pallister, President of the Gulf of Alaska Keeper

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Styrofoam inundating the wrack line of Montague Island

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ADEC and Coast Guard personnel surveying the mess

Naturalist in the Classroom

CACS natrualist reviews intertidal invertebrates in a Hoomer classroom.CACS Naturalists can deliver presentations and hands-on activities right to your classroom! Propose a natural history or life science topic and we'll send a naturalist to enrich your classroom with an animated and knowledgeable guest speaker.

Classroom presentations and activities we have done in the past include topics such as:

Marine Ecology: Guided Beach Hikes near your school, Life in the Intertidal Zone, The Fab Four Phyla, Whales of Alaska, Plankton, Sea Ducks, Reef Ecology, Marine Adaptations, Marine Food Webs, Alaska Seaweeds, Marine Debris, and much, much more.

Forest Ecology: Guided Forest Hikes near your school, Human Uses of Plants, Bark Beetle Attack, Birding, Forest Wildlife, Winter Forest Ecology, Snow Science, Forest Adaptations, Forest Food Webs, and Invasive Plants.

Wetland Ecology: Slough Stew-Wetland Functions, Wetland Wildlife, Freshwater Macroinvertebrates, Stream Ecology, Wetland Plants and more.


Program Length: 1-2 hours

Program Dates: Available upon request throughout the school year

Program Price: $2 per student or $50 per class

How to Book: Call 235-6667 to request a naturalist visit


Beluga Wetlands

invertebrate samplingExplore coastal wetlands during a two-hour field trip that guides students along the shores of Beluga Lake and Slough.  In addition to comparing and contrasting freshwater and saltwater wetlands, students will learn wetland functions and how to collect and identify aquatic invertebrates.

Program Length: 2 hours

Program Dates: April-May and September, depending on lake ice

Program Price: $75 per class


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Wynn Nature Center youth programs

Knee high Naturalists prepare to go in search of snowshoe hares at Wynn

Knee-high Naturalist Program

Ages 2-4.

Knee-High Naturalists is BACK beginning Friday June 18 and continuing every Friday at 10:30. Our naturalist will provide a fun  program for you and your toddler to explore the outdoors with a special story, a short walk and a craft. Themes will change every Friday.  FREE program.

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Ages 5-8. Fridays 1-3 p.m:  June 18th-August 13th.

Get a sneak peek of the secret lives of the plants, birds, and animals that live at the Wynn Nature Center. Please dress for the weather!

Pre-registration is required: Register by clicking HERE.

$10/class or $40 for 5 sessions

All kids and staff undergo health screenings at the beginning of the program.

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Ages 9-12. Every Thursday 1-3pm: June 17th-August 12th

Learn all about the animals that spend their time at the Wynn Nature Center! We will learn to identify these animals by the scat, tracks, and other signs they leave behind. Please dress for the weather!

Pre-registration is required: Register by clicking HERE!

$10/class or $40 for 5 sessions

All kids and staff undergo health screenings at the beginning of the program.

Yurt on the Spit Summer youth programs!


Creatures of the Dock

All Ages! Tours begin at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm daily: May 28th-September 6th

Perfect for families or people who have a short amount of time but want to see lots of sea creatures! This daily program is fun for the whole family. Guided tours of the incredible life under the dock at the Homer Harbor. 

Tour size is limited to 8 people

Pre-registration is required: Register by clicking HERE!


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S.P.I.T. Kids

Ages 6-10. Monday - Wednesday - Friday:  June 6th-August 19th

9:30am - 12:00pm. Enjoy a S.neak P.eek I.nto T.hings as you explore sea creatures under the dock, search for seabirds and marine mammals, investigate the beach, learn about plants, do ocean crafts and MORE!

Pre-registration is required: Register by clicking HERE!

$10 per session or $21 for 3 sessions in one week

Kids are outside and will have their own art & nature kit to use so there are no shared items. All SPIT kids will have face coverings with them to wear when they are closer than 6 feet and all staff will wear face coverings.

Peterson Bay Field Station Discounts


Children's Rates on Nature Tours and Hikes

Trips to across the bay to Peterson Bay Field Station only $95 for kids 12 and under.

Special Group Programs for Adults & Youth


Alaska Coastal Ecology Field Camps

Ecology field camps for college, high school or other organized youth groups can be arranged during the summer. Program length ranges from two to six days with guided activities and lodging at Peterson Bay Field Station combined with guided activities at Wynn Nature Center or Kastisna Bay Lab. More info >>


Service Learning Expeditions

Service Learning Expeditions can be arranged from June - August. Groups learn about natural history and stewardship through service projects. Projects can include trail work, building projects, invasive plant management, facilities beautification, and more. Call 907-235-6667 and ask to get connected to the Program Director, Katie Gavenus - or email katieg@akcoastalstudies.org for more information

Retreats & Workshops

Group retreats can be arranged at the Peterson Bay Field Station. Enjoy a semi-remote, rustic setting to connect your group to the amazing natural surroundings and to each other. Call 907-235-6667 and ask to get connected to our Program Director, Katie Gavenus - or email katieg@akcoastalstudies.org for more information

Youth Internships


High School Internships

CACS offers a volunteer internship program for high school students who wish to gain more experience working in the fields of environmental education and environmental science. The internship combines working at the Carl Wynn Nature Center and the Homer Spit Yurt assisting with our popular Creature of the Dock Tours. Interns are also trained to be camp counselors for our summer camps for youth ages 9-15. Interns are encouraged to work on a special project of interest during their 6-week internship. Applicants must have completed one year of high school. Please email henry@akcoastalstudies.org and we'll send you an application!! Thanks


Environmental Educator and Naturalist Internships

Paid internships for students completing junior or senior year of college, or recently graduated. Positions available at Wynn Nature Center, Inspiration Ridge Preserve and the Peterson Bay Field Station. April to May and June-August. Applications due late January. Check for position openings here.

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