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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

  • Beach Egg Hunt
  • Intertidal Scavenger Hunt
  • 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 3-7, 2020

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 with "Mr. Bones", Lee Post! Includes a wildlife boat tour on Kachemak Bay to view marine mammals. Cost: $600 per person.
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Summer Day Camp

Spend the summer outside! Weekly day camp for 6-10 year-olds. Fun-filled days OUTDOORS: games, art, exploration from the forest of the Wynn Nature Center to the beaches on the Homer Spit! 9:00am - 4:00pm Monday -Thursday*

*After Hours Care is available from 4:00 - 5:00 pm each day of camp for $10/day

10 weeks, beginning June 15th - August 13th

Week 2: June 15-18: Wild About Wildlife!
Week 3: June 22-25: Flowers & Insects
Week 4: June 29-July 2: Art & Nature
Week 5: July 6-9: Trees & Birds
Week 6: July 13-16: Water, Water, Everywhere!
Week 7: July 20-23: Music & Nature
Week 8: July 27-30: Wilderness Survival
Week 9: August 3-6: Streams & Fish
Week 10: August 10-13: Wild Edibles & Garden Harvest

New themes each week. $210 per week of camp - 10% discount for a sibling ($189 sibling rate). Sign up for multiple weeks of camp and get a 10% discount for each additional week of camp! ($189/$170 sibling rate).
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Junior Naturalist Camp

August 12-15, 2020

Ages 9-11. Four-day camp with two-day sessions at the Wynn Nature Center and two overnights at the Peterson Bay Field Station. 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! Cost: $450 per person. PERFECT for a first-time camper!
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Teen EcoAdventure Camp

July 19-28, 2020

For ages 12-15, 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. 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 is available for an additional cost. For more information please contact us at (907) 235-6667!

Cost: $250/Adult, $150/child. Price includes ALL transportation, meals, supplies, lodging and program costs for the entire weekend! Kayaking is optional and an additional $110 per person.
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