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Junior Naturalist Summer Camp
June 15 - 18 2018

Ages 9-12. 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: $300 per person. PERFECT for a first-time camper!

Marine Mammal Mysteries
August 6 - 10 2018

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: $500 per person.

Teen EcoAdventure Camp
July 13 - 23 2018

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 to a glacier and alpine ridge, berry picking (eating!) and preserving, learning about salmon fishing & smoking salmon, exploring edible plants, campfire cooking & gourmet s'mores, and getting in the kitchen and garden with local chefs and farmers! Includes 3 overnights at the yurts of the Peterson Bay Field Station, 1-night campout at Kayak Beach with hike of Grace Ridge, 1 night at the Kasitsna Bay Laboratory, and 3-day backpacking trip around Glacier Spit & Grewingk Glacier lake.
Cost: $850 per person. Price includes all boat transportation around Kachemak Bay, food, and lodging.

Family Nature Camps
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: $200/Adult, $140/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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Ages 10 - 12. This Camp is not currently open for registration.

Summer Day Camp
Spend the summer outside! Weekly day camp for 6-11 year-olds. Fun-filled days OUTDOORS: games, art, exploration from the forest of the Wynn Nature Center to the beaches on the Homer Spit! (No Camp on July 4). 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 11th - August 16th

New themes each week. $200 per week of camp - 10% discount for a sibling ($180 sibling rate). Sign up for multiple weeks of camp and get a 10% discount for each additional week of camp! ($180/$160 sibling rate).

Outdoor Action Club
Want to join a fun outdoor summer activity but don't want to be tied to just one activity? The Outdoor Action Club offers a variety of Awesome Outdoor Activities on Mondays from 9am - 12pm. Space is limited. All activities take place at the Homer Middle School field & trails and/or the SPARC facility. Two 5 week sessions: June 11 - July 9 and July 16 - Aug 13 for ages 7 - 12 year olds. $60/session. A joint program between the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and the SPBHS the Center!
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Wynn Nature Center Drop-In Options!

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Knee-high Naturalist Program

Ages 2-4. Fridays: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. A preschool story hour with parents that includes a story, short hike, and craft activity. $2 donation requested.

Starting June 15th- end of August

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Bio-Kids

Ages 5-8. Fridays 1-3 p.m. 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!

Drop-ins are welcome. $10/class or $40 for 5 sessions Starting June 15th-August 17th.

All participants need a permission form.

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Trackers

Ages 8 – 11. Every other Thursday 1-3pm. 

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!

Drop-ins are welcome. $10/class or $40 for 5 sessions

Trackers will be on June 14th, June 28th, July 12th, July 26th, August 9th

All participants need a permission form.

Yurt on the Spit Summer Drop-In Options!

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Creatures of the Dock

All Ages! 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm daily. 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. 1-hour tours leave from the CACS yurt on the Spit, June-August for $8 a person.

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S.P.I.T. Kids

Ages 6-10. Monday - Wednesday - Friday. 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! $10 per day or $40 for 5 sessions.

The program begins June 11 and goes until August 17. All participants need a permission form.

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 under 12.

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 Peterson Bay Field Station Special Programs Coordinator, 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 the Peterson Bay Field Station Special Programs Coordinator, 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 katie@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 and Peterson Bay Field Station. April to May and June-August. Applications due January 19. Check for position openings here.

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