Wynn Nature Center

Homer, Alaska 99603

Wynn Nature Center

Wynn Nature Center Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Walking trails for all activity levels with interpretive loops,
overlook platforms, and information at a private, nonprofit nature
center on the bluff above Homer."

Wynn Nature Center Trip Reports

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Nice interpretive trail, good place to bring people who've never been to Alaska before. Trail is reasonably accessible, though certainly not "wheelchair accessible" beyond the cabin, where they do the presentations and educational programs. The property is "open" year round for walking. Not unlikely to see moose, and an occasional bear on the trails, so prudence is called for.

Yesterday, I had a bull moose "charge" within 20 yards of me. I walk slowly on trails, so I see more. I also "stutter" steps so it's not obvious to an animal who hears me that I am walking on two feet. Two feet walking, "crunch, slurp in the mud, crunch, crunch, bump a root" is obviously a person and animals seeking to avoid them are going to run away. This was one of those occasions when the moose thought I was another moose.

He grunted, "mwaah" about a hundred yards away. I took another step or two and stopped. He grunted again, and ran in to my left, all I "saw" was trees and brush falling over in front of him, and swinging wildly. I stood stalk still, and when he stopped he "glucked", and I am not even going to attempt to spell it... suffice to say it sounds like he's going to cough up and huge hairball, and sneezed as he tried.

Took of my pale colored "Tilley Hat", as it's pale like an antler and it would likely be enough if he saw that "moving around" to trigger a charge. Bull moose are "vision motivated" during the rut.

He stood around for about ten minutes and walked away. Amazing. Wish it had been more open so I could have had some pictures. As excited as he was, I wasn't about to grunt back at him, send him into a rage probably. And me without any good cover or trees to climb... and visibility rotten so it might be too late for him to realize that's not really a moose. Not good.

Muddy, as it has rained cats and dogs here all sumer. Coldest, wettest, summer here in many years. Unusual for Homer.

Wynn Nature Center Photos

Trail Information

Nearby City
0.2-2 miles
Several options
Trail Type
Skill Level
Open mid-June to Labor Day, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
Best Times
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, PO Box 2225, Homer, AK 99603; (907) 235-6667; www.akcoastalstudies.org
Local Contacts
Wynn Center trail map and nature trail booklet, available at the center
Local Maps

Trail Log