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TRAILS Activities Page accessible* Homer Alaska

TRAILS Recreation is for EveryBODY!

Take a look at TRAILS in action!  Check out TRAILS Videos

The TRAILS program is participant driven to empower individuals by sharing fun activities, promoting self-confidence, teaching independent living skills, and assisting participants to fully realize their capabilities through recreation. When folks with and without disabilities work and have fun together, they build satisfying connections and break down stigmas. You’ll find us exploring new trails, horseback riding (or having fun just learning to lead a horse),  kayaking in Kachemak and Resurrection Bays, sit-skiing or snowshoeing, advocating for and improving accessibility of local trails and recreational sites, teaching awareness of disabilities in our schools, fishing all over the Kenai Peninsula, and more!  

Enjoy a short video providing a glimpse of some of what TRAILS offers, just click here: TRAILS video link. In many cases, TRAILS activities like those shown in the video are possible only because of the wonderful support we get from vendors, donors, and others.  We love to thank and acknowledge these partners--including folks who are pictured in or helped out on the video--so we're developing a special TRAILS Thank You page where you can meet the groups and individuals that make TRAILS activities possible.  See the June 7, 2018 Homer News Point of View.PDF that describes TRAILS and appreciates our diverse community support.

TRAILS has four main components, and these are introduced below.

  • Recreation and Leisure Programs = our Activities
  • Public Awareness and Special Events = our efforts to build Awareness
  • Technical Assistance & Education = ways we provide Assistance
  • Adaptive Equipment = our assisting with Adaptive equipment

Recreation and Leisure Programs 

Everyone wants to participate in recreation activities with friends and family. Our programs include people of all abilities and interests. We ski, hike, fish, kayak, raft, cook (and eat!), play cards, ride the Alaska Railroad, watch movies, take college and community school classes, paint, garden, celebrate holidays together, snowshoe, make dream catchers, go to the Alaska State Fair, and whatever else strikes our fancy! Join TRAILS! Participate in events, become a volunteer, or help us plan for future activities that are on your bucket list.

Public Awareness and Special Events

TRAILS Staff advocates, educates and brings awareness to the community about inclusive recreation and recreational accessibility. We do: Disability Awareness in the schools, Advocating for recreational access, Public Awareness at fairs, Staff trainings for organizations and businesses looking to improve their accessibility and inclusion.

Technical Assistance & Education

Would you like support finding recreational opportunities or getting involved in your community? We do that! Make an appointment to speak with a recreation specialist who will assist you in becoming involved in activities that are meaningful to you.

Adaptive Equipment

We rent equipment that supports our community members with physical disabilities to recreate in our area. If you are interested in equipment, please contact TRAILS 2 weeks in advance. Here is a list of our available equipment:  Kili-cart, all terrain wheelchairs, sit-ski, hocky sledge (for seated skating and ice hockey).  We also have camping and recreating gear available for rental in certain circumstance: tents, fishing poles, waders.

2020 Winter Activities

Our big winter One Hit Wonder is the Challenge Alaska trip to Alyeska for a weekend of fun in the snow.  That trip is already full, so contact TRAILS if you want to be wait-listed.

2019 Summer Activities

  • June 14-16: Horseman's Adventure Weekend
Horseback riding at Alaska Horsemen in Cooper Landing (

SEWARD OHW 2018.pdf
  • June 29: Half-day halibut fishing trip in Kachemak Bay
  • July 20: Disability Pride Parade and Picnic in Soldotna (Soldotna Creek Park),
  • July or August: Kayaking lesson
  • August 30: Berry Picking in Little Jakolof

    The Seward TRAILS clan will drive to Homer to join the Homer group on a berry picking trip across Kachemak Bay.  We'll again be hosted by Tom and Tammy, the wonderful owners/operators of Red Mountain Marine (  The Seward clan will camp indoors in comfort at the Homer United Methodist Church.  And the berry picking trip will be followed by a bonfire on Bishop's Beach, complete with grilling, snacks, and plenty of friends.

    We'll let you know the date and costs as soon as they're finalized!

Weekly Activities

Seward Community Garden (Free) GARDEN BY THE BAY.pdf

Seward Summer Solstice Festival Volunteers Needed  SOLSTICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED.pdf

Tai Chi and Qigong Thursdays 3:00 – 4:00

Tai Chi is a slow and gentle movement practice from China that is gaining popularity in the United States.  Tai Chi provides exercise that enhances strength and stamina while improving balance and bone density.  The practice helps reduce stress and increases body awareness.  The gentle movements are suitable for all ages and all fitness levels. 

The Homer Senior Center has been in partnership with the Independent Living Center’s TRAILS program to host a weekly Tai Chi class on Thursdays at 3:00.  We meet in the movement room at the Senior Center. 
Contact, these classes are fun and inexpensive. Come join us on a Thursday afternoon.  tai chi.pdf

  Seward Arts and Crafts on Thursdays!

Join us at the Seward ILC office on Thursday’s @ 3:00 for Arts and Crafts.

Contact TRAILS Staff

Homer: Michael Gavillot  ph. 907-235-7911

Homer: Devony Lehner  ph. 907-235-7911

Barbara Gerlach    in  Seward:  ph. 907-224-8711

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