Wynn Nature Center
The Carl E. Wynn Nature Center
In summer call (907) 235-5266 for updated information about daily programs.
Come enjoy the beauty of the boreal forest. Smell the freshness of the spruce forest, gaze at the wildflowers and watch for the appearance of moose, bear, lynx, and songbirds on this 140-acre wildlife preserve. This former homestead was donated to the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies in 1990 by the Carl E. Wynn Foundation in response to the commitment of CACS to care for and manage the land in accord with the late Carl Wynn's wishes.
The Carl E. Wynn Nature Center is located on a paved road at 1.5 mile East Skyline Drive along the bluffs overlooking Homer, Alaska.
Wynn Nature Center is staffed from mid-June until Labor Day with daily guided hikes and programs. It is open daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. A daily user fee is charged that helps to support the educational programs that CACS offers year-round, but CACS donors/members are free! Dogs are not allowed on the trails during the summer months.
School field trip programs are scheduled during September. The Nature Center is open for winter recreation from October 1 to May 31.
Facilities include a paved parking lot, the Daisy Lee Bitter interpretive log cabin, a covered pavilion, 800 feet of handicapped-accessible boardwalk including a trail for the visually impaired, a trail system with over 5 miles of trails, two viewing platforms, benches for resting along many of the trails, a staff yurt and a large deck off of the visitor cabin. The trail system makes up a small portion of the 140 acres of land that comprises the Wynn Nature Center, the rest of the land is managed as a wildlife refuge and provides an important undeveloped migration corridor for moose and black bears.
The Wynn Nature Center is well-known for the abundant beautiful wildflowers that bloom continuously throughout the summer. Signs of wildlife can be seen on the trails throughout the year. The diverse upland habitats encompassed by the Nature Center support several different plant communities typical of the transitional forest zone at the southern edge of the northern boreal forest. A hike at Wynn Nature Center provides an interesting comparison with a hike through the northern edge of the coastal forest on the Peterson Bay Field Station trail system. The Wynn Nature Center is one of the "birding hot spots" in the Homer area for forest and upland birds.
Directions to the Wynn Nature Center from the Sterling Highway approaching from the north (Anchorage or Seward):
Turn left on Pioneer Avenue, the main road through downtown Homer. Go east through town and through a 3-way intersection at Lake Street. Lake Stree becomes East End Road. Continue approximately one mile past the intersection. Turn left on East Hill Road (At the turn, a dentist/doctor office will be on your left and you will see a school ahead of you on the right.). Wind on switchback turns up to the top of East Hill Road where it is intersected by West Skyline coming in on your left. You are now on East Skyline Road heading east towards the head of the Bay. Enjoy spectacular views of the bay for the next 1.5 miles when you will see the sign and parking lot for Wynn Nature Center on your left.
Directions from downtown Homer:
You can reach the Pioneer Avenue/East End Road/Lake Street 3-way intersection from the west on Pioneer Avenue or from the south from Lake Street (which connects to the Sterling Highway at its south end). Turn right from Lake Street onto East End Road or go straight if you are on Pioneer Avenue. Turn left on East Hill Road (At the turn, a dentist/doctor office will be on your left and you will see a school ahead of you on the right.). Wind on switchback turns up to the top of East Hill Road where it is intersected by West Skyline coming in on your left. You are now on East Skyline Road heading east towards the head of the Bay. Enjoy spectacular views of the bay for the next 1.5 miles when you will see the sign and parking lot for Wynn Nature Center on your left.