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Celebrating Years of Education and Stewardship in Kachemak Bay

Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, Inc.

Connecting You to the Nature of Alaska since 1982



the second year in a row, CACS reached over eleven thousand people with education and stewardship programs, presentations, and outreach to the community. We continue to serve a large and diverse audience. Our partnerships in 2011 included family and special programs with local organizations like the Kachemak Bay Environmental Education Alliance (KBEEA), the Kachemak Currents weekly radio program on KBBI, the City of Homer, the Seldovia Native Association, the Seldovia Village Tribe, AGEYA Wilderness Education; the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Kasitsna Bay Lab, and the U.S. Forest Service. Partnerships are key to providing effective program services, with limited resources, to people of all ages.

CONNECTIONS with Families and Youth


offers numerous programs to youth and families at our Peterson Bay Field Station, the Wynn Nature Center, the Yurt on the Spit, and our Headquarters locations. These quality sciencebased environmental education programs provide opportunities to get outside and connect with nature all year round and promote learning about our natural environment. Our goal is to offer programs that connect youth and adults to the outdoors and promote learning about our natural environment. Programs range from a preschool story hour, to art & nature programs, to beach clean-ups, to snowshoeing during the winter for all age groups. Our vision is to cultivate environmental stewards who will preserve the natural world for future generations.

CONNECTIONS with the Environment


has conducted the Kachemak Bay CoastWalk program since 1984. 2011 marked the 27th year of connecting students, citizens, and families to the stewardship of our coastal and ocean resources. The program’s success is due in large part to the contribution of thousands of hours of volunteer effort. During 2011 we administered 10 Challenge Grants funded by a NOAA Community Marine Debris Grant to communities throughout the state to conduct grassroots community based cleanups resulting in over 13,000 pounds of marine debris collected. We also began a 3-year marine debris outreach and education program funded by the EVOS Trustee Council in partnership with Gulf of Alaska Keeper which will include a partnership with the Washed Ashore Project, based out of Oregon, and the construction of multiple large scale marine debris art sculptures.

The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies fosters responsible interactions with our natural surroundings and generates knowledge of the unique marine and coastal ecosystems of Kachemak Bay through science-based environmental education and stewardship.

President’s Message


t’s remarkable that the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, Disney’s EPCOT Center, USA Today, and (America’s most perpetual Broadway musical) CATS all debuted in 1982. That bit of trivia got me wondering - why do some ideas and institutions grow while others sputter and ultimately disappear?   I’m pretty sure you need at least 3 ingredients for lasting success:  an important idea right for the times, wise and persistent leadership, and the ability to evolve and adapt in a changing world. CACS has these three ingredients in spades.  Thirty years ago our founding mothers and fathers, including Steve Yoshida, Janet and Bob Klein and Mike and Diane McBride, saw an unmet need and unequalled opportunity and coalesced the China Poot Bay Society – the parent of the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies.  Since then, hundreds of volunteers and staff members have invested heart and soul to grow the programs and facilities that connect nearly twelve thousand visitors each year with the remarkable resources of Kachemak Bay.  Through it all, the programs offered at the Peterson Bay Field Station, the Wynn Nature Center, and at other locations at the tip of the Kenai Peninsula have evolved with the times to incorporate new issues, fresh teaching approaches, and appropriate technologies. Yet through these changes we’ve never deviated from our founders’ original vision of hands on experiences designed to touch the hearts and minds of our visitors. Today the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies remains a vital place for learning, recreation, and reflection that is treasured by legions of teachers, current and former students, and parents from Kenai to Kenosha.  I invite you to join us as we step into our second 30 years.  I’m confident we’ll ultimately outlast and out-influence our better known 1982 “littermates”. Best regards,

Mike and Nina Allen and Dave Aplin

CACS Board Members*

Dave Aplin Board President

*CACS Board Members left to right: Leah Cloud, Jack Regan, Patricia Kane, Karen Marquardt, Mike Allen, Gretchen Bersch, Duncan Wanamaker back row: Howard Evans, Ben Gibson, Dave Aplin

Leah Cloud

2011 Board of Directors

2011 Staff (Year Round)

2011 Staff (Seasonal)

Dave Aplin, President Sr. Program Officer World Wildlife Fund

Mike Allen Executive Director 1/11–8/11

Dave Aplin

Duncan Wanamaker, Vice-President Math Instructor University of Alaska, Anchorage Patricia Kane, Secretary Teacher KPBSD Distance Learning Program Karen Marquardt, Treasurer (outgoing) Realtor, Coastal Realty Jack Regan Retired Physician Ben Gibson (outgoing) Carpenter Business Owner Gretchen Bersch Professor Emerita University of Alaska, Anchorage Leah Cloud Evans Retired Food Innovation & Technology Leader Crystal Collier CEO Seldovia Village Tribe


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Beth Trowbridge CACS Program Director 1/11–8/11 Acting Executive Director 8/11–12/11 Jenni Medley School Program Coordinator Patrick Chandler Special Programs Coordinator Melanie Dufour Outreach & Marketing Director Office Manager Shannon McBridge-Morin Development Coordinator Jan Knight Bookkeeper/Office Clerk

“I would recommend this trip because of the enthusiasm put towards everything we learn by the instructors.” Student from Roger’s Park Elementary

Crystal Collier

Wynn Nature Center Katie Gavenus Naturalist Adriana Amaya Naturalist Intern

Peterson Bay Field Station Howard Weir Sarah Russell Laurel Walker Spring Environmental Educators Howard Weir Summer Naturalist Joanna Stodden Naturalist Intern Mercedes Becker Katherine Dolma Sabina Karwowski Rachel Paleg Kayla Schultz High School Interns Graphic Design © Debi Bodett


Beth received the 2011 Alaska Ocean Leadership Award for Ocean Literacy in January. Mike Allen is to the left and Marilyn Sigman, former CACS Executive Director, is to the right.

Director’s Message

Howard Weir

Adriana Amaya

Melanie Dufour

Joanna Stoddent

Patrick Chandler

Sarah Russell with students

Patrick, Laurel Walker & Howard

Jenni Medley

Jan Knight

Shannon McBride-Morin


ust when we thought we might settle into “business as usual” 2011 brought an even greater set of obstacles and challenges that our dedicated staff, volunteers and supporters embraced, tackled and carried forward through. A small non-profit organization like CACS knows its share of ups and downs, it’s unavoidable, but over the past three years we have been challenged in extraordinary ways. A passionate staff, board, and volunteer base has enabled us to move through adversity as if it were just another piece of the logistical puzzle. CACS provides a great service to youth, adults and families throughout the year and continues to work hard to strengthen connections to the environment and cultivate stewards of Kachemak Bay and beyond. Through floods, staff transitions, challenges of maintaining multiple facilities and a changing economic environment we have persevered and are ready to embrace the future, continuing to build a strong organization with a meaningful mission. Thanks to a faulty hot water heater, we said goodbye to our old interior and welcomed a new, more open and inviting office environment, we saw our long-time board member and brief Executive Director move on to spend more time with family and we welcomed the excitement of exploring new partnerships and program enhancements. The celebration of our 30th Anniversary shows we remain strong in our commitment to connecting people with the nature of Kachemak Bay. 

Beth Trowbridge Beth Trowbridge Executive Director

2010 Annual Report


CACS Headquarters Building

CACS’ newly remodeled front entrance

470 People Served


was a year of resilience and recovery at the headquarters building, located in the heart of Homer at 708 Smokey Bay Way. Built in the 1980’s on a slab foundation, the building was flooded due to a faulty water heater Easter weekend. Because of the natural shifts in the ground, the damage, while extensive, was limited to ½ of the building. Staff was able to ‘invade’ the neighbor’s office space and set up a temporary headquarters while a complete renovation of the office space was completed. While we weren’t able to greet visitors as easily and the gift shop had to be closed, we did maintain all program support.


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As with many disasters, opportunities followed. The space was reconfigured into a much more useable and welcoming office, gift shop and meeting area. Throughout the renovation, staff continued to provide yearround administrative and logistical support, storage and housing for seasonal staff at the headquarters building. It was the gathering place for the CACS Members Annual meeting, a holiday open house, monthly Board meetings, workshops and volunteer trainings throughout the year. Along with housing a gift shop and information desk, the headquarters office also is THE place to rent snowshoes in Homer. Thanks to funding support from the Wynn Foundation


BEFORE - Water damage from flooding

CACS front entrance during remodel


and the Alaska Community Foundation, CACS maintains 36 pairs of snowshoes and uses them for winter programs as well as providing them for 3-day rentals for members and the public. Snowshoes were checked out over 400 times by Homer residents and visitors of all ages. The gift shop offers a wide variety of wearable items imprinted with either the “world famous” Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies octopus logo or the full-color Wynn Nature Center logo. We offer a Sling bag (made wholly from recycled materials), mugs, magnets, maps and many books, cards and identification cards.  All proceeds from sales help support our environmental education programs.  AFTER

2010 Annual Report


New entrance to the Carl E. Wynn Nature Center

Leo Vait, Homer artist, puts the finishing touches on the cement entryway

Education and Stewardship at the Wynn Nature Center 3750 People Served


hanks to the generous support of the Carl E. Wynn Foundation and Billie Fischer, programs continue to remain strong at the Wynn Nature Center. By providing support for year round staffing, the Wynn Foundation has allowed us to never have an “off” season and we provided many outdoor opportunities in winter for the Homer community. During the past summer the Wynn Nature Center also got a major “face lift” thanks to the generous support of the Wynn Foundation, the Rasmuson Foundation and Home Depot. We replaced all 800 feet of handicapped accessible boardwalk, built a larger wildflower viewing platform and redirected the entrance to the Nature Center. With the help of local artist Leo Vait, we added a cement walkway and stone wall that incorporates a bench and highlights the boulder commemorating Carl E. Wynn. Also newly installed this summer was the sign for the Toby Tyler Benches that sit at the end of the Billie Fischer Cottonwood Trail, designed and created by local artist Tarri Thurman.

Programs: The Wynn Nature Center summer programs offer a little something for all ages! Our popular Knee-High Naturalist program for 3-5 year olds offers a story, craft and short hike and had over 300 participants over the summer. Other programs such as our Bio-Kids art & nature program for 5-8 year olds and Wilderness Survival for 8-12 year olds were well attended by close to 140 youth. During these two hour weekly programs they learned the importance of being prepared for the outdoors by exploring shelter building, first aid, finding and purifying water, orienteering, edible and medicinal plants and more. Over a hundred adults enjoyed our monthly Garden to Gourmet Potlucks, and weekly Fantastic Friday events that featured free presentations by community members and staff throughout the summer. CACS continued its partnership with the Homer Public Library by providing a program once a month for their popular Pre-School Story Hour reaching over 300 toddlers and their parents, helping them learn about science and natural history in Kachemak Bay and encouraging them to get outside and explore. Staff also presented a special program on forests and wetlands for the summer library reading program reaching an additional 50 youth.


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Winter and summer programs at the Wynn Nature Center

“I think the most interesting thing I learned was how much is below what our eyes can see.” Caiti from North Pole Middle School

July and August were very busy with many special groups visiting the Wynn Nature Center including the Backroads Tour Group, West Coast Connection Youth group, Kachemak Bay Girl Scouts, Peninsula Community Health Services of Alaska, and Homer Tours. We hosted many Kenai Peninsula Schools for a fall field trip program at the WNC. We took our program into local schools, such as Paul Banks Elementary, and explored the outdoors teaching about plant and animal adaptations, traditional and medicinal uses of plants and forest succession. Year round staffing allowed us to offer our first residential winter ecology programs in partnership with the AGEYA Wilderness Education Facility. Classes stayed in the heated yurts and used the lodge for meals and CACS staff provided the programming which included snowshoe hikes to the Wynn Nature Center. Other outreach included the Paul Banks Family Science Night and Summer Program Fair, and a Discovery Lab in partnership with the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve. Our snowshoe loan program continued to be popular in the community and resulted in many additional memberships to CACS! 

2010 Annual Report


Volunteers and Programs Throughout the Seasons


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2010 Annual Report


Education and Stewardship at Peterson Bay Field Station School Field Trips: 1,113 People Served Summer Programs: 691 People Served


Was a big year across the bay for CACS. Our Alaska Coastal Ecology (ACE) programs at the Peterson Bay Field Station and the NOAA Kasitsna Bay Laboratory were in high demand. These programs are a great opportunity for schools to send students on an unforgettable trip where they will increase both their knowledge and awareness of the natural world. As always, tidepooling is a highlight of these trips; during the intertidal hike, students get to experience first-hand the incredible biodiversity of Kachemak Bay. In addition to coastal ecology, students also spend time learning about geology, forest ecology and the native cultures that have called Kachemak Bay home. Often paired with Beluga Wetland and Onboard Oceanography programs, our ACE trips cover such a wide range of topics that students can’t help but be drawn into learning. Stewardship remains a strong focus for all of our programs, where we encourage participants to become more thoughtful and proactive in protecting the natural world after their time across the bay. The summer of 2011 marked a slight shift from Peterson Bay’s normal natural history tour schedule as cruise ships began making regular appearances in Kachemak Bay. In addition to our regularly scheduled tour, we also offered 1/2 day tours. Judging from the reviews, these tours were a success with strong recommendations showing up on TripAdvisor. com and Lonely Planet. Our popular day tours and kayak combinations in partnership with St. Augustine Kayak and Tour were well attended and we hosted several special groups, including colleges and high schools from the lower 48. With the help of one of our service minded groups, we were able to reopen the Tundra Rose trail after a long closure due to dead fall from the spruce bark beetle. The reopening of this trail allows for greater flexibility and variety when running forest ecology based activities at Peterson Bay. All told, nearly 700 people came out to enjoy the unique beauty found across the bay.


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Camps For staff, one of the most enjoyable parts of the summer is preparing and hosting camps. Not only is it a break from the ordinary, but it is also one of the few opportunities during the summer where we have enough time to truly showcase those places that we find so special. Exploration, science and fun are our priorities, and the extra day or two we have with our campers makes all the difference. Whale camp was held for the 5th summer during 2011 and in it campers spent several days learning about marine mammals and their adaptations. Offered for 9-12 year olds, the camp’s highlight was an all-day boat tour in search of marine mammals around Kachemak bay. Our Teen camp once again offered amazing opportunities to 12-15 year olds interested in making a difference in the world. Kayaking, tide-pooling, forest hikes and a trip to Grewingk glacier enhanced the campers’ experience as they learned about their environment. Our Junior Naturalist Camp, offered first in 1997, now splits its time between the Wynn Nature Center and Peterson Bay, where kids are trained to think and observe like Naturalists. Campers spend two days at Wynn studying the forest before heading to Peterson Bay where they spend two nights in the yurts and explore the coast of Kachemak Bay. For the first time, CACS also offered summer camp for families, as a way to experience the magic of Peterson Bay together during a two night stay. Family camp is a great way for families to engage with each other and the wonder of Peterson Bay.


EcoTeen Camp kayak adventure

“I’d recommend this trip to others because I learned, strengthened friendships, and centered myself.” High School Student from Valdez

CACS Internships For the third year, we offered a high school internship program to help give young people the opportunity to learn about and help with CACS’s mission. These interns are invaluable for their help with the camps as well as with the day to day running of CACS facilities; often Interns would help man the yurt on the spit and give Creatures of the Dock Tours. Five young ladies came from as far away as Washington D.C. and worked with our staff to gain skills in the areas of

Rachel Paleg

School group at China Poot Bay

Katherine Dolma

nature interpretation and teaching, public relations, research and monitoring and other behind the scenes duties like trail maintenance and program preparation. They brought huge smiles and enthusiasm leading tours at the Wynn Nature Center and the Yurt on the Spit and served as counselors at the Jr. Naturalist and Whale Camps. 

Mercedes Becker

Sabina Karwowski

2010 Annual Report


CoastWalk √ √

74 Miles of Beach Surveyed 681 Participants in CoastWalk Education

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740 Kachemak Bay Coast Walkers 1,289 Volunteer Hours

ore debris was picked up during the 27th annual CoastWalk in 2011 than any year in recent CACS history. Over twice the amount of debris, by weight, was removed compared to last year. As debris from the Japan Tsunami moves this way, identifying the beaches that already accumulate large amounts of debris is increasingly important.


plastics move through our lives, our world, and our society. All schools from the 2010 CoastWalk continued to participate in the program and three new schools were added this year for a total of eleven participating Kenai Peninsula schools. This makes 2011 the most successful year of partnering with school groups that the CoastWalk program has ever had.

In September 2011 we hosted a recycled circus to highlight the 2011 CoastWalk theme of “Plastics in Motion!” This great event brought in community members of all ages to kick off our fall cleanup season. Poi, juggling sticks, jump ropes, hula hoops, juggling scarves and juggling balls were all created using plastic bottles, cardboard tubes, recycled cloth and recycled plastic pipe. Participants then learned how to use their new props and were treated to a performance from a local circus troop!

In addition to classroom presentations, a travel scholarship from the Ocean Conservancy allowed Patrick Chandler to present “CoastWalk: A Regional Model for a Global Community” at the Fifth International Marine Debris Conference in Honolulu, HI. He also presented “The CoastWalk Model: Bringing Education and Stewardship to Alaskan Communities” at the 2011 Alaska Forum for the Environment. Both presentations focused on the transferability of the CoastWalk program to any community, and on how to adapt the components of the CACS model.

Twenty two classroom visits were conducted reaching nearly 700 students. Classroom presentations were delivered to kindergarten through college age students looking at how


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Although styrofoam was the number one issue in Kachemak Bay, plastic pieces were the greatest concern associated with


The Yurt on the Spit 1,114 People Served


Community clean up efforts make a difference

√ 7,032 Pounds of Marine Debris Removed √ 13,466 Pounds of Debris Removed by Challenge Grand Communities challenge grant projects in 2011. The 10 challenge grant proposals that were approved this year worked to restore habitat in the following areas: Kachemak Bay intertidal areas, State Critical Habitat areas and harbors; Intertidal areas and outer coast beaches of Wadleigh Island, the Albatross Islands, Clam Island, Abbess Island near Craig, the accessible beaches and intertidal areas of Popof Island near Sand Point, the Anchor and Kasilof Rivers, Kasaan Bay, Kruzof Island, and the Chilkat River. Through the Challenge Grant Program 13,466 pounds of marine debris was collected over 41 miles of beach.

ur Yurt on the Spit at the Homer Harbor provides visitors the opportunity for a connection to the nature of Alaska during the summer tourist season. Long-time volunteers Kathy and Roger Hernsteen led the face lift efforts in May giving it a new paint job and attractive signage. Visitors are now more easily drawn inside to find information about our daily tours on both sides of the Bay and special programs as well as make purchases supporting our programs. Many children colored their own sea critter flag to either bring home or add to the Yurt’s banner. Our Creatures of the Dock Tours are led by staff and dedicated volunteers (ranging from High School Interns to CACS Board Member Duncan Wanamaker) in the Homer Small Boat Harbor. Among those who participated were pre-booked groups from Peninsula Community Health Services of Alaska and The Center in Homer. All enjoyed lying on their bellies to view the amazing intertidal life found on the buoys and pilings in the Harbor. 

Thanks to all the volunteers, business, and partners who made the 27th annual CoastWalk a success! 

“Good info, nice to see interaction between the kids and parents, teachers, and guides out of the normal classroom.” Tracy Gallios, Parent from West Homer Elementary

2010 Annual Report


Grants and Special Projects »» CACS conducted four Alaska Seas and Rivers Curriculum teacher workshops in March, September and October at the Kodiak Marine Science Symposium, the Fairbanks Math/Science STEM Conference, the Cooperative Extension Service/UAF Salmon in the Classroom Workshop and the Sea Life Center/National Park Service Teacher Workshop. (University of Alaska Fairbanks Contract) »» The 2010-11 Community-Based Marine Debris Clean-up and Prevention Grant enabled us to continue to offer our CoastWalk program around Kachemak Bay and throughout the state through our Challenge Grant Program. Statewide marine debris education and outreach was completed at venues such as the Marine Debris Session at the Alaska Forum on the Environment in Anchorage. (NOAA Community-Based Marine Debris Clean-up and Prevention Grant) »» CACS continued to provide a statewide Alaska Invasive Plants Education program to pioneer K-12 invasive plant education in the state. Staff and volunteers Joyce Robinette and Craig Feinstein traveled to Fairbanks in July to attend a Teacher Workshop on a citizen science program related to pollination and climate change impacts on blueberries and cranberries in Alaska. This project was begun at the Wynn Nature Center and will continue in consecutive summers. (U.S. Forest Service Grant)

Partnership Projects & Programs »» Alaska National Maritime Wildlife Refuge - Spring Break at the Islands Program and Winterfest Programs »» Girl Scouts of Alaska, Kachemak Bay Service Unit Girl Scout Naturalist Program at the Wynn Nature Center »» Homer Council of the Arts - Art & Nature Workshop during spring break with Lynn Naden »» Kachemak Bay Research Reserve Discovery Labs Coastal Birds Lab »» Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival - Program Committee member, Junior Birder Lab, Family Bird Walk, Birding Workshop for kids, Kick-off Reception, drawing class sponsor »» Kachemak Bay Land Trust Development of 10 interpretive signs for the Calvin & Coyle Trail. Activities conducted during opening ceremony »» Kachemak Bay Birders Re-write and update of Kachemak Bay Bird Checklist »» Kachemak Bay Environmental Educators Alliance Members and contributors to annual Winter Family Fun Day »» Ole (Opportunities for Lifelong Education) Programs Yukon Island Course – plant walks on Yukon Island


»» Prince William Sound RCAC/Katie Gavenus Children of the Spill Project – fiscal sponsor

Checklist of Birds of Kachemak Bay, Alaska 2012; Protecting Southwestern Alaska From Invasive Species: A Guide in the English and Yup’ik Languages, Katie Spellman for the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

»» Seldovia Village Tribe Narration for Seldovia Fast Ferry trip to Seldovia

2011 In-Kind Volunteer Labor CACS Board of Directors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Headquarters Maintenance & Administrative. . . . . On-Board Oceanography Programs.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Educational Outreach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Peterson Bay Field Station Maintenance. . . . . . . . . . Peterson Bay Field Station Programs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wynn Nature Center Maintenance & Programs.. . . Yurt on the Spit Outreach & Programs. . . . . . . . . . . . CoastWalk. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

440 113.75 266.5 40 137.5 240 349 281 1,289

Total Volunteer/In-Kind Hours. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,132.75 Average hourly wage for volunteer labor . . . . . . . $21.79 Total value of volunteer labor to CACS. . . . . . . . . . $68,263.00


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Broadcasts »» Radio Program: Kachemak Currents Broadcast weekly on KBBI, produced by volunteer Daisy Lee Bitter and CACS staff Beth Trowbridge Exhibits at Conferences and Educational Fairs and Workshops Attended »» Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, Paul Banks Summer Program Fair, Math/Science STEM Conference in Fairbanks, EARTH Teacher Workshop sponsored by MBARI (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute) held at Kasitsna Bay Presentations at Conferences »» Alaska Forum for the Environment, Invasive Plant presentations in Homer and Ketchikan, Tribal Leadership Forum on the Environment, Juneau, Fifth International Marine Debris Conference in Hawaii Paid Memberships: 241


• Alaska Community Share • Alaska Conservation Foundation Studebaker Environmental Education Fund • Alaska USA Federal Credit Union • BP Foundation

• Carl E. Wynn Foundation • Conoco Phillips • Home Depot • Homer Foundation - City of Homer • Homer Foundation –Daisy Lee Bitter Fund

• JiJi Foundation • NOAA Community Based Marine Debris Clean-up and Prevention Program • Ocean Conservancy • Prince William Sound RCAC

• Rasmuson Foundation • True North Foundation • U.S. Forest Service • Wells Fargo

• Duncan Wanamaker • Ed & Betsy Wilsey • Ed Hatcher • Edward & Janice Todd* • Edith Overly • Edward E. & Sara Berg • Elizabeth & Steve Bechtel* • Evelyn Givens • Fred & Carolyn Strand • Gary & Jeanette Becker • Gelfand Family* • Gretchen Bersch • Grey Skythe • Hannah & Julius Frenier • Harmon & Pauli Hall • Harry Hough • Helen Phipps Family • Howard Cloud & Leah Evans • Imme Rutzen • Imogen Daly • Jack & Jane Regan • Jack & Mary Lentfer • James & Diane Mahaffey* • James Hornaday • Janice Auld • Janice Bobeck • Jeanne Roche • Jeanie Sherwood* • Jennifer McCartney • John & Rika Mouw • John & Fran Latham • John Teeger • Joseph & Catherine VanBuskirk • Joyce Robinette • Julius Rockwell • Karen Borgh-Christofferson* • Karen J. East • Karen Marquardt

• Kathryn Carssow & Family • Kathy Eagle/Wayne Biessel & Family • Kathy Smith • Katie & Blaine Spellman • Kay Basil • Kelly Harrell • Kevin & Donna Maltz • Kim’s Kinderhaus • Lawrence & Gail Radcliffe • Lisa Breckenridge • Lorraine Wells • Lucy P. Cutting* • Mako Haggerty • Margaret Laviguer • Marilyn Kirkham • Marilyn Sigman* • Martha Briscoe • Mary Frische & Tom Collopy/Wild North Photography • Michael & Lenore Roberts • Michael & Nina Allen • Michael Murray • Mike & Cathy McCarthy • Mike & Diane McBride* • Mike Navarre • Mike Warburton • Milli Martin • Nancy Levinson • Nancy Lord & Ken Castner • Neil & Kyra Wagner • Neil & Cathy Borman* • Nina Faust & Ed Bailey • Norma P. Schmid • Park Family • Patricia Kane & Paul Carter • Paul & Tina Seaton • Paul Clark

• Peggy Mastroianni • Peter & Flo Larson • Peter Stortz • Ralph Broshes & Deb Lowney • Randall Pfeuffer • Rebekah Jones • Rich & Katie Bolczak • Richard & Leanne Krieger* • Richard O’Dea • Richard & Patricia Rice* • Roberta Highland & Robert Archibald • Robin & Bjorne Holm • Roger & De Clyne* • Ron & Constance Alderfer* • Ron & Turid Senungetuk • Russell & Stephanie Rainwater • Sam Gandy • Sandee Hough • Shannon Morin* • Sharon & Wesley Henry • Shirley Fedora & Bill Palmer • Shirley Thompson • Steven Clyne • Steve & Noko Yoshida* • Theresa Slaven • Thomas Barron* • Toby Tyler* • Tye Family • W. Scott & and Sandy Haynes • Will Files & Martha Ellen Anderson* • William Hoffman • William B. Workman* • Wilmeth Family • Woodworth Family

• Fat Olive’s • Habervision • Home Depot • Homer’s Jeans • Homestead Restaurant • Important Work • Jay-Brant General Contractors • K & L Distrubutors • Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge

• Kenai Fjords Tours • Loopy Lupine • Lee & Sue Post/The Homer Bookstore • Moose Run Metalsmiths • MSA Inc./The Grog Shop • Nomar • Snow City Café • Spenard Builder’s Supply

• Spruce Acre Cabins • The Center/Adult Rehap • Timber Bay B & B • Time Bandit Store • Ulmer’s Drug & Hardware • Will Schlein/Homer Hostel

• Mako’s Water Taxi • Rainbow Tours

• Red Mountain Marine • St. Augustine’s Kayak & Tours

• Seldovia Native Association

2011 Members • Alice Porter • Alison Cooke • Anna Raupp • Anne Wieland • BJ Hitchcock & Family • Barb Hill* • Ben Gibson • Bethine & Robert Nehus • Bill & Kathy Roberts* • Billie A. Fischer* • Blake Hill • Bonnie Jason • Bree Murphy • Carla & Wayne Stanley • Caroline Lewis • Cat Larrea & Mark McDermott • Cathy & Ed Rasmuson • Charles & Ann Marie Pilch • Charles & Barbara Wohlforth & Family • Charles & Jimmie King • Charles Lindsay • Charlie Menke • Christina Heim • Clay & Jacki Norvell • Curt & Lorna Olson* • Daisy Lee Bitter* • Dale Chorman & Diane Spence • Darlene Hildebrand • Dave & Marianne Aplin • Dave & Kathy Harnum • David & Marga Raskin • Debra Popham • Dolma Family • Donald & Arlene Ronda • Donna Engel & Glen Woolen • Dr. Keith & Sally Brownsberger • Dr. William Bell & Mary Lou Kelsey

General Support

Thank you for your support!

2011 Funders

*Life Members

2011 Business In-Kind Contributors • AK Starfish Co. • Bear Creek Winery & Lodging • Bear Tooth/Moose’s Tooth • Becky Pfeil/Timeless Toys • Bigwoofs Technology • Dimond Center Hotel • Emmitt & Mary Trimble/ Coastal Realty • ERA Alaska

2011 Business Partners • AGEYA Wilderness Education • Bay Excursions

2011 Special Friends, Our Volunteers • Dave Aplin • Emily Baylink • Mercedes Becker • Poppy Benson & Boy Scout Troop 555 • Gretchen Bersch • Daisy Lee Bitter • Larry Bonfiglio • Martha Briscoe • Dolores Butler

• Bill Butler • Susan Clardy • Leah Cloud • Katherine Dolma • Shirley Fedora • Craig Feinstein • Barrett Fletcher • Ben Gibson • Elias Gibson • David Harnum

• Kathy Harnum • Roger Herrnsteen • Kathy Herrnsteen • Erica Hollis • Karen Howorth • Nellie Huffman • Patricia Kane • Sabina Karwowski • Karen Marquardt • Lee Mayhan

• Lan McCormick • Maggie McCormick • Tori McCormick • Mike McBride • Kim McNett • Rachel Paleg • Bill Palmer • Val Perez • Jack Regan • Jane Regan

• Ryan Ridge • Joyce Robinette • Sierra Roberts • Will Schlein • Kayla Schultz • Tina Seaton • Marilyn Sigman • Mariah Stuart • Cora Trowbridge • Paul Trowbridge

• Toby Tyler • Michelle Waclawski • Kyra Wagner • Neil Wagner • Duncan Wanamaker • Mike Warburton • Reiss Warren • Don Williamson

2010 Annual Report


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“It is not only a fun experience. You learn about marine animals and the history of Peterson Bay.” 5th grader from Roger’s Park Elementary


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