What is TRAILS?
TRAILS Programs are participant driven to empower individuals by increasing self-confidence, teaching independent living skill and assisting participants to fully realize their capabilities through recreation. As people with and without disabilities work together we break down stigmas. You’ll find us horseback riding in Cooper Landing, Kayaking in Resurrection Bay, advocating for accessible trails, teaching disability awareness in our schools, fishing all over the Kenai Peninsula and more!
TRAILS has four main components
- Recreation/Leisure Programs
- Public Awarness and Special Events
- Technical Assistance & Education
- Adaptive Equipment
Recreation and Leisure Prorams:
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.
New! Homer TRAILS Photo Club just launched a Facebook page.
Check it out and join at Homer Trails FB.
OHW or “One Hit Wonders”
– Are our “big trips”. We take advantage of the best of what Alaska has to offer. Usually overnight and often using the best and guide services in Alaska:
2017 Summer Activities
- Horseback Riding in Cooper Landing (June)
- Camping and Canoeing in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (July 20-22)
- Summer Picnic in Soldotna (September 7, Soldotna Creek Park),
- Halibut Charters in Cook Inlet and Resurrection Bay (TBA)
- Berry Picking in Little Jakaolof Bay near Homer (August 24-26)
- Kayaking in Kachemak Bay (August)
- Best of Homer Get together (August)
Camp, Canoe, Fish and Hike — July 20-22
TRAILS will be headed into the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to set up base camp at the Ohmer camp ground. This is located off the Skilak Lake road. We will be tent camping and brining canoes and providing some basic canoe safety instruction. We will be camping together, cooking outside and enjoying time around a campfire. We will have the opportunity for trout fishing in the lake and for day hikes on nearby trails. We are hoping for input on meal planning and camp activities. You can contact Dean or Tela in the Homer ILC office at 235-7911 or Jamie in the Seward ILC office at 224-8711 to add your name to the list people interested in going. Please let us know about any accommodation needs you have so we can include your needs in our planning. You can check out more information about the refuge at their web site Kenai Natioal Wildlife Refuge
Homer Berry Picking and Kayaking –August 24-26
This trip is all about options!! On Friday, August 25th you will have the choice between kayaking and blueberry picking.
The Seward TRAILS clan will be driving up to Homer on Thursday, August 24th we will be camping out indoors and in comfort at the local Methodist church.
For those of you who would like to go kayaking, we will be kayaking in the calm protected water within the Herring Island system in Kachemak Bay. We will have the opportunity to explore wildlife, scenery, and the spectacular inter-tidal zone along the way.
If you have something sweeter on the brain, who doesn’t love big, juicy, wild, blueberries?? And boy! Do we have a good spot to go picking! We will be hopping aboard a water taxi to find a secluded area with an abundance of berries ripe for the picking.
On Friday night we are going to have a beach bon fire complete with grilling, snacks, and plenty of friends.
The cost of this trip will be $200 if you would like to go kayaking and $100 if you would like to go berry picking. Call Jamie at 907-224-8711 or 907-491-0481 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
Tai Chi Classes Thursdays 3:00 – 4:00 @ the Homer Senior Center
We offer beginning level Tai Chi and Qigong class every week at the Homer Senior Center. These ancient Chinese arts increase circulation, promote relaxation while strengthening balance. Taught by ILC staff member Dean Sundmark, email@example.com these classes are fun and inexpensive. Come join us on a Thursday afternoon.
Seward Arts and Crafts on Thursdays!
Join us at the Seward ILC office on Thursday’s @ 3:00 for Arts and Crafts.
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: Tricycle, Keli cart, All terrain wheelchair, Sit ski, Sledge (for sit ice skating) We also have camping and recreating gear available for rental in certain circumstance: Tents, Fishing poles, Waders
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.
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 training’s for organizations and businesses looking to improve their accessibility and inclusion.
TRAILS BLEND COFFEE
TRAILS Blend is now available at K-Bay Coffee in Homer. ILC has teamed up with K-Bay Coffee to offer a great organic coffee with some of the proceeds going to support the Homer TRAILS program. Look for the Blue bags with the TRAILS logo at K-Bay Coffee and let them know how much you appreciate their support of the ILC TRAILS program. Check out K-Bay Coffee here.
Homer: Tela Bacher firstname.lastname@example.org