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 2023 School Booking 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.


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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