The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies has 3 locations- their main office on Smokey Bay Way, the Yurt on the Spit on the Homer Spit, and the Wynn Nature Center
The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies provides programs for all ages, ranging from free Friday morning classes at the Wynn Nature Center for toddlers to guided overnights for groups and family camps at their Peterson Bay Field Station.
Our family has done their Friday morning nature center programs, which include crafts, stories, a hike, and playtime with new friends. The program is year-round, free, and open to anyone. This is a great opportunity for vacationers to get a feel for what the area is really like.
One of our favorite activities as new Homer residents was visiting the Yurt on the Spit for the Creatures Under the Dock tour. For just $5/person, a naturalist will take you down to the floating docks, which are teeming with sea creatures. Lie on your stomach (on a provided mat for comfort) and observe sea stars, anemones, jelly fish, and plant life. Once you do the tour once, you can go back on your own and explore-and actually know what you are looking at! This tour is not to be missed if you only have one day to spend in Homer...and is even great if you don't have kids. Don't worry about anyone falling in the water. There are "Kids Don't Float" stations near the docks that provide free life vests for day use.
We have also done the family camp, which was an outstanding weekend across Kachemak Bay at their field station in Peterson Bay. Suitable for ages 2 and up, this weekend will really teach your family about the flora and fauna of the area. You can read more about our experience at http://nomadicnewells.blogspot.com/2011/08/family-camp-across-bay-in-another-world.html
In the winter, the Wynn Nature Center provides snowshoe rentals (free to members!) and use of their trails.