Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 5:02 PM on Wednesday, February 22, 2012

CACS celebrates 30 years

This year marks the 30th anniversary for The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies based in Homer. I want to thank the thousands of people across Alaska and the globe that have supported Coastal Studies over the past three decades. 2012 is shaping up to be a fantastic year of celebration with many entertaining events planned for each month from April through September (look for upcoming announcements soon on www.akcoastalstudies.org.

As a recent addition to the board of directors of this energetic nonprofit, I have been impressed with the Coastal Studies expert staff and programming that connect students and visitors to the natural world with hands-on outdoor learning experiences. It is so rewarding when we hear visitor feedback on their heightened appreciation for the vast communities of natures creatures on both sides of Katchemak Bay. Guests see the extraordinary ocean fauna when tide-pooling at our extreme tidal range of up to 25 feet, at Peterson and China Poot bays. Guests also enjoy the amazing flora and many furry friends that wander the meadows of the Carl Wynn Nature Center high on the bluff on the Homer side.

The organization was first formed in 1982 by a small forward-thinking group of Alaskans who dreamed of preserving the natural wonders of Kachemak Bay. This dream has born fruit. Now 30 years later, Coastal Studies has grown into a thriving organization where members share the same commitment and aspire to cultivate environmental stewards who will preserve our natural world for future generations. I invite everyone to enjoy the offerings and support the organization through another 30 years of growth and service.

Leah Evans Cloud, board member

Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies