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Kachemak Bay Research Reserve

The Kachemak Bay Research Reserve office is co-located (along with the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge) in the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center on the Sterling Highway, overlooking Bishop's Beach and Beluga Slough. In addition to housing an Alaska Geographic bookstore and exhibits for both the Reserve and Refuge, the state-of-the-art facility is equipped with a learning lab classroom, a dry research lab, and public meeting rooms. Please see the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center website for more information.

The Reserve offers year-round indoor and outdoor learning experiences at the Visitor Center. The lab classroom provides workspace for up to 32 students, and KBRR staff conducts a broad spectrum of hands-on, inquiry-based coastal science activities. A wide range of workshops, trainings, conferences, and lectures are also offered.

Trails leading from the Visitor Center to Beluga Slough and Bishop's Beach provide educational opportunities for visitors and locals alike. Interpretive exhibits, including a real-time and to-scale (28.5 ft) tidal gauge are located in the Visitor Center’s main lobby.

Tide Gauge at the Visitor Center
Visitor Center stained glass of birds flying
Alaska Islands and Oceans Visitor Center
A visitor enjoys an exhibit of the Alaska Islands and Oceans Visitor Center

Bay Avenue Laboratory

The Reserve's 1500 sq. ft. garage on Bay Avenue was converted to an office, laboratory and workshop.

The Kachemak Bay Research Reserve Bay Avenue lab houses field equipment and provides limited storage, office and workshop space for Reserve staff and visiting scientists.

Modular Facility

The modular facility located at 2181 Kachemak Drive provides offices for partner agencies and a bunkhouse for use by visiting researchers, graduate students and volunteers assisting on KBRR projects. Conveniently located near the airport on the bluff overlooking Mud Bay, the 4,890 square foot facility offers a quiet setting off the beaten path. The three-room bunkhouse allows lodging for up to 10 people, with shared kitchen-dining and bath facilities, and a spacious south-facing deck.

View off deck of the bunkhouse Bunkhouse