Wynn Nature Center, Homer AK

Be sure visit the Wynn Nature Center in Homer where you can experience a Boreal or Taiga transitional forest (very different than the forest you’ll experience if you stay across the bay at Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge), over 5 miles of well-maintained trails, and the watershed for Kachemak BaySigns of of wildlife (moose, black bear) can be seen on the trails year-round but in summer you’re sure to see plenty of native wildflowers and an abundance of birds.

Forget-Me-Nots blue flowers
Alaska’s state flower, the Forget-Me-Not

Run by the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, here is more information from their website:  “Facilities include an 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.” Following photos courtesy of the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies.

Staffed from mid-June until Labor Day (open 10am to 6pm, user fee charged, call (907) 235-5266 in summertime for updated information), the Carl E. Wynn Nature Center  is located at mile 1.5 on East Skyline Drive along the bluffs overlooking Homer. Daily guided hikes and all sorts of fantastic educational programs are available. The Nature Center is also open for winter recreation from October 1 to May 31.

The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies also offers day-long Guided Natural History tours which include tide-pooling and exploring with a naturalist in the morning and a 4-hour kayak excursion in the afternoon. Dress in layers and bring your own lunch. Call (907) 235-6667 for more information.

 

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