As a non-profit organization based in Homer, Alaska, the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies provides educational opportunities to more than 11,000 visitors and students annually. The organization features 350 members and 100 volunteers, all of whom strive to achieve the center's mission of fostering "... responsible interaction with our natural surroundings and to generate knowledge of the unique marine and coastal ecosystems of Kachemak Bay through education, research and stewardship". Those involved with the organization believe the best way for people to learn about Alaska's natural resources is to experience them. The center is committed to inspiring "... citizens to make decisions and take actions that promote the health and integrity of ecosystems." Each year more than 200 volunteers work to clean up sections of the Kachemak Bay shoreline by walking along its edges, collecting dates, surveying the changes in the landscape, and gathering debris. The center offers a variety of field trip experiences that include nature hikes, residential programs, or visits to the classroom. The center invites children and their parents, teachers, and youth groups to participate in these environmental education programs. They have more than 20 years of experience working with Alaska schools and the programs have been nationally recognized and are aligned with the Alaska State Science Standards.