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Stewardship and Taking Care of Our Environment

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Beach Stewardship Virtual Field TripClick Here for 3 CACS-made videos on how to be a beach steward

Lesson Plans & More Detailed Activities (click the title of each activity to open a PDF document or video) 

Be a Beach Steward -Upper Elementary/Middle School/High School

CoastWatch Survey-Middle School/High School

Observing Our Environment

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Upside Down Hike Virtual Field TripClick Here for 3 CACS-made videos on how to do an Upside Down Hike

Easy Activity Sheets like scavenger hunts, bingo sheets, etc. (click the title of each activity to open a PDF document)

Short Forest Games & Activities -Upper Elementary/Middle School

Lesson Plans & More Detailed Activities (click the title of each activity to open a PDF document or video)

Solo Spot -Middle School/High School

Scientific Sketching -Upper Elementary/Middle School/High School

Sound Mapping -Middle School/High School

Forest Animals & Ecology

Forest Animals & Ecology Corey Kaye and Keaton Alrich leading BioKids on walkway

Tracking in Alaska Virtual Field Trip: Click Here for 6 CACS-made videos about Tracking in Alaska

Edible & Medicinal Plants Virtual Field TripClick Herefor 4 CACS-made videos about Edible & Medicinal Plants

Upside Down Hike Virtual Field TripClick Herefor 3 CACS-made videos on how to do an Upside Down Hike

Easy Activity Sheets like scavenger hunts, bingo sheets, etc. (click the title of each activity to open a PDF document)

Short Forest Games & Activities -Upper Elementary/Middle School

Forest Bingo-Spruce Bark Beetle -Upper Elementary/Middle School

Forest Bingo-Plant Uses -Upper Elementary/Middle School

Forest Excursion-Plant Uses -Upper Elementary/Middle School

Forest Excursion-Spruce Bark Beetle -Upper Elementary/Middle School

Forest Scavenger Hunt-Habitat Focus -Upper Elementary/Middle School

Forest Scavenger Hunt-Plant Uses -Upper Elementary/Middle School

Lesson Plans & More Detailed Activities (click the title of each activity to open a PDF document or video)

Solo Spot -Middle School/High School

Tracking in Alaska-ID sheet-Upper Elementary/Middle School-(Great after rainy days!)

Weather, Currents & Tides

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Lesson Plans & More Detailed Activities (click the title of each activity to open a PDF document or video)

Coriolis & Currents - Middle School + can be adapted for High School

Density Differences: Air - Upper Elementary/Middle School

Density Differences: Water - Upper Elementary/Middle School

GLOBE Weather Monitoring - Upper Elementary/Middle School + can be adapted for High School

Pressure & Storms - Upper Elementary/Middle School + can be adapted for High School

Predicting the Path of Marine Debris (Currents) - Upper Elementary/Middle School

Resources for Weather Monitoring (click the title of each activity to open a PDF document or video)

Video - Setting up for GLOBE Snow Monitoring: Click Here to view a quick instructional video from CACS about how to monitor snow fall in your area

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Wynn Nature Center youth programs

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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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Bio-Kids

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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Trackers

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!

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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!

$10/person

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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

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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

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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 >>

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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
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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

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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

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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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