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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.


2021 Winter Activities

As you all know, Covid-19 has prevented TRAILS folks from getting together in many of the ways we love.   Even so, we're still doing socially distanced walks whenever we can--which we announce on our Facebook page: ILC TRAILS Community Connect

And we have regular get-togethers on Zoom so folks can see (or hear) one another and share what they've been doing.  Those Zoom gatherings often have a fun or interesting theme. 

So be sure to check out ILC TRAILS Community Connect to see what TRAILS is up to!

Here are few photos from a physically distanced Halloween TRAILS walk in the Homer Demonstration Forest





Contact TRAILS Staff

Homer: Michael Gavillot  ph. 907-235-7911 mgavillot@peninsulailc.org

Homer: Devony Lehner  ph. 907-235-7911  dlehner@peninsulailc.org

Barbara Gerlach    in  Seward:  ph. 907-224-8711  bgerlach@peninsulailc.org

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