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History of the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
  • In 1982, volunteers complete construction on the original unfinished building the organization purchased from the Wongs.

  • In 1983, Paul Banks Elementary School brought the first school group to Peterson Bay and by the following year 400 kids would go through the China Poot Bay Society's marine education program.

  • In 1986, the society received the National Science Teachers Association's award for exemplary work in environmental education.

  • In 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil spill put the group's volunteers to work surveying Kachemak Bay's beaches for signs of contamination. The survey mirrors the annual beach clean-up walk that has now become a tradition for the center.

  • In 1990, the center installed its dock in Peterson Bay.

  • In 1995, the Carl Wynn Nature Center opened on 126 acres of spruce forest off of Skyline Drive, donated five years earlier by Wynn, who homesteaded the land.

  • In 1997, the center completed mortgage payments on its Peterson Bay facility.

  • In 1998, the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies purchased and opened its office headquarters on Lake Street in downtown Homer.