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Summer Youth Programs

Marine Mammal Camp

August 9-13, 2021

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! Includes a wildlife boat tour on Kachemak Bay to view marine mammals. Cost: $600 per person (scholarships available).
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Summer Day Camp

Spend the summer outside! Weekly day camp for 6-10 year-olds.  9:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday-Thursday.  Sign up for a single week, a few weeks, or the whole summer!

Fun-filled days OUTDOORS: games, art, exploration from the forest of the Wynn Nature Center to the beaches on the Homer Spit! 10 weeks of camp beginning June 7th and offered through August 12th. New exciting themes each week.


Week 1: June 7-10: Garden Science & Fun
Week 2: June 14-17: Wild About Wildlife!
Week 3: June 21-24: Flowers & Insects
Week 4: June 28-July 1: Art & Nature
Week 5: July 5-8: Trees & Birds
Week 6: July 12-15: Water, Water, Everywhere!
Week 7: July 19-22: Music & Nature
Week 8: July 26-29: Wilderness Survival
Week 9: August 2-5: Streams & Fish
Week 10: August 9-12: 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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Kachemak  Camp

June 21-24, 2021

Ages 9-12

Four-day camp with two day sessions (June 21 & June 22) at the Wynn Nature Center and two nights at the Peterson Bay Field Station (~4:00 pm June 22 to ~ 4:30 pm June 24). 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! PERFECT for a first-time camper or a learner who is craving more hands-on, outdoor exploration! Cost: $450 per person (tiered pricing and scholarships available).

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Teen EcoAdventure Camp

July 21-31, 2021

Ages 12-15 years old

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 (scholarships available). 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.

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 $115 per person.
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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 7th-August 13th

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 to wear when they are closer than 6 feet and all staff wear face coverings.

All kids and staff undergo health screenings in the morning. 

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 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 and Peterson Bay Field Station. April to May and June-August. Applications due January 17, 2020. Check for position openings here.

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