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TRAILS Recreation is for EveryBODY!

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

TRAILS Programs are 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 that offers 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 divers community support.

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

  • Recreation and Leisure Programs
  • Public Awarness and Special Events
  • Technical Assistance & Education
  • 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, watch movies, take college and community schools 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 two weeks in advance. Here is a list of our available equipment:  Kili-cart, all terrain wheelchairs, sit-ski, hocky sledge (for seated ice hockey).  We also have camping and recreating gear available for rental in certain circumstance: tents, fishing poles, waders.

2018 Summer Activities

  • June 1-3: Horseman's Adventure Weekend
Horseback riding at Alaska Horsemen in Cooper Landing (

SEWARD OHW 2018.pdf
  • July 7: Half-day halibut fishing trip in Kachemak Bay
  • August 16: Summer Picnic in Soldotna (Soldotna Creek Park),
  • Dipnetting on the Kasilof River (mid July)
  • Berry Picking in Little Jakolof-August

    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 for Arthritis and Falls Prevention in Homer: Classes 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. 
You can read more about Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention at the Tai Chi for Health Institute website.  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: Tela Bacher ph. 907-399-9854

Homer: Devony Lehner  ph. 907-235-7911

Seward: Jamie Barrett  ph. 907-224-8711

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