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Hi, It's great that you will travel to Homer this year! We do have space available on Saturday. What that day will look like is: the boat takes you across beautiful Kachemak Bay and to Peterson Bay, where our field... More
Hi, It's great that you will travel to Homer this year! We do have space available on Saturday. What that day will look like is: the boat takes you across beautiful Kachemak Bay and to Peterson Bay, where our field station is located. Our naturalists are extremely knowledgeable and enjoy sharing with visitors. They will meet you at the dock and then will take you out to the rocky intertidal areas teeming with life and guide you on your beach explorations. You then can have lunch in our Field Station’s kitchen which has full amenities and in the afternoon you will have the chance to explore lush coastal forest on the trail system that we maintain, find out about the geology of the area demonstrated in prehistoric rock formations, and learn about the cultural history on a visit to an archaeological Native house site. You may also choose to add kayaking to this day, if so, your kayak guide will meet you at our Peterson Bay Dock at 2pm and you’ll spend the afternoon on the water. In conjunction with any Peterson Bay Tour, we invite you to spend the night in the Field Station’s yurts! A comfortable camping experience at the edge of the Alaskan wilderness, overnight yurt stays are perfect for families, couples, or friends. Spending the night allows you to truly enjoy best the land of the midnight sun has to offer - walk the beach after dinner, gather round our spacious campfire ring, or watch the sun (eventually) set over the ghost forest. Overnight visitors either extend a Day Tour and then return to Homer the next morning or depart the Homer Harbor at 4:00 p.m. and return at 4:00 p.m. the next day unless otherwise arranged. Overnight visitors have use of the Field Station kitchen for cooking (electric stove, microwave, coffee maker, toaster) and food storage (refrigerator and small freezer compartment). Each yurt has six bunks and camp mattresses, as well as floor space and camp mattresses for two more people, but you will need to bring your own sleeping bags and extra pads, if desired. The boat returns to Homer at 4 pm after our day tour and at 6pm if you add kayaking. On the boat ride, on the way over or back (dependent on the tides) you will visit Gull Island, a seabird rookery home to thousands of birds including murres, puffins, cormorants and gulls (you will also see lots of eagles). You can book easily by calling 907-235-6746, We hope that you will join us. Let me know if you need any more information on the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies or the Homer area.