Explore Kachemak Bay

Lush forests - above and below water - sea otters floating about, and the occasional whale cruising by will set the scene as we explore the shores of Kachemak Bay in Southcentral Alaska. This expedition focuses on exploring the interface between land and ocean and how humans fit into this unique ecosystem. Using sea kayaks to explore the coasts of Kachemak Bay, the expedition will emphasize local ecology and broad scale environmental issues, using science and art and tools for observation and inquiry.


  • Day 1: Participants arrive in Anchorage; the group travels to Homer and the to the Kasitsna Bay Laboratory via water taxi.

  • Day 2: Team stays at the Kasitsna Bay Laboratory with a full day to learn about expedition gear, basic navigation, and kayaking skills.

  • Day 3: The team kayaks to the backcountry camp while exploring the shores along the way.

  • Day 4-9: We will take on science and art inquiry activities while becoming competent kayak explorers in Kachemak Bay.

  • Day 10: The team will kayak back to Kasitsna Bay Laboratory

  • Day 11: Science project wrap-up and preparation of the presentations; in the evening we will travel to Homer to share the project results and the expedition experience with the Homer community

  • Day 12: Last morning together to have some final activities and reflections. Departure to Anchorage airport.



Girls on Water, a dream inspired by Girls on Ice, brought marine scientists and kayaking guides together in 2015 to make this program happen. Our vision is to create a program for young women to learn about the marine ecosystem while gaining skills that allow thems to explore the coastal realm in a safe and self-reliant manner.



You must be 16 or 17 on June 1, 2019 to apply.

Preference is given to applicants living in Alaska.

Learn more about applying here and click below to start the application process.