With all this variety, I thought I would show a snapshot of the different places she worked, as all of them are things to do and places to visit that both locals and visitors to Homer would enjoy.
Wynn Nature Center
|Awesome view from the Cottonwood Trail benches|
|For all the hiking I do and my ability to sniff out trails, I never had an inkling about the Wynn Cottonwood Trail|
|It is a quick 5-10 minute hike to the overlook from Skyline Road East. Aurora helped with trail maintenance this summer along these trails.|
|Four benches allow one to relax and enjoy a tremendous view of the Homer area|
|A funky tree along Wynn Lower Trail|
|The Daisy Lee Bitter cabin at Wynn|
|Entrance to Wynn Nature Center|
|View from the viewing platform at Wynn (picture by Alisa Aist)|
|Day camps were based at headquarters, some housing is provided for college interns, and all programs went through the CACS headquarters building next door to Ulmers in Homer|
The yurt on the spit next to Mako's Water Taxi is the CACS spot for exploring the sealife on the dock, hosting Little S.P.I.T.S. and S.P.I.T. Kids, outdoor educational programs that run weekly all summer long. As an intern Aurora got to help with those programs as well, discovering all sorts of neat creatures in the Homer Harbor.
Peterson Bay Field Station
|Entrance to Peterson Bay Field Station|
|The fire pit at PBFS|
|The nice new dock at PBFS|
|Gorgeous sunset at PBFS|
The field station has yurts for groups that come over to sleep, a main house for staff to sleep in and with the kitchen and a meeting room, and a bathrooms/shower/storage room building. Numerous trails criss-cross the private land that abuts the field station, but which folks who are there may use when accompanied by staff. In the summer it is a hopping place, with People to People student groups there weekly, as well as Coastal Studies special camps, such as Teen Camp and Marine Mammal Camp, both of which Aurora helped with.
The biggest thing I discovered this summer is that the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies offers a lot of educational programs for kids of all ages, all summer long. Many of these programs are run by paid college interns who are learning a lot in the process. Youth come from around the country and world to visit the programs, and interns come from around the country and world to run the programs. There is a rich diversity of people to match the variety of activities and the diverse habitat of Kachemak Bay.
As an internship, it was a great experience for Aurora and the high school intern we hosted, Alisa. I have a much greater appreciation for the CACS and recommend their many offerings to folks visiting, or locals looking to get to know the area better.
Thanks Alisa Aist, for pictures and video clips!