We invite children, teachers, parents, and youth group leaders to take part in the exciting environmental education programs offered by the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies in Homer and other locations in Kachemak Bay. We have provided field trip programs for Alaska's schools for more than 35 years. Our programs, which are aligned with Alaska State Science Standards, have been recognized for excellence by both the National Science Teacher's Association and the Alaskan Department of Fish and Game.
Many options are available for you and your students. You may choose a one-hour nature hike, a 2-3 day residential program, or have a naturalist visit your classroom. Use the Education tab in the menu above or follow the links below to learn more about our school program offerings.
You may also want to consider the 2021 Seldovia Tide Table when choosing your preferred dates for Alaska Coastal Ecology programs because of our coastal location.
Trip and Program Offerings
Imagine spending the day exploring the intertidal zone with your class, returning to the field station to look at plankton in our microscope lab, and then rounding out the evening with invertebrate themed skits and s'mores before getting a night's rest in heated yurts. Consider following moose and hare tracks on snowshoes in the morning and stargazing on a cold winter night before a day of Wilderness Survival in the morning. Residential programs with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies immerse students in the natural world, sharpening their powers of observation, developing problem-solving skills, and building friendships. One to three-day programs are offered year-round through CACS.
Alaska Coastal Ecology - This is a day trip or a 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 >>
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 >>
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. View a brochure. This program can also be scheduled with an Alaska Coastal Ecology overnight program. April-May and August-September. More Information >>
Beluga Wetlands Ecology - This is a 2-hour program comparing saltwater wetlands of Beluga Slough to the 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 >>
Alaska CoastWalk Education - Get your students in on our annual 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 >>
Wynn Winter Ecology - This is a 2-4 hour program on snow survival, winter ecology, and snowshoeing at Wynn Nature Center. Grades 3-6. Snow-dependent, November-March. More Information >>
Snowshoe Exploration - This program is a 1-2 hour experience 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 >>
Naturalists in the Classroom
CACS naturalists are available for classroom presentations and activities on a wide variety of natural history topics throughout the school year. Grades K-12. More Information >>