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T.R.A.I.L.S. – Total Recreation and Independent Living Services

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TRAILS Programs are participant driven to empower individuals by increasing self-confidence, teaching independent living skills 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.

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 to Homer on Thursday, August 24th. We will be camping 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 jbarrett@peninsulailc.org for more information!

TRAILS Staff

Homer: Tela Bacher tbacher@peninsulailc.org 
(Tela is out of the office during summer 2017)

Homer: Devony Lehner  dlehner@peninsulailc.org

Seward: Jamie Barrett jbarrett@peninsulailc.org

OHW or “One Hit Wonders”

– Are our “big trips”. We take advantage of the best of what Alaska has to offer.  OHW are usually overnight trips and often use the most experienced guides and adventure outfitters 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 Jakolof Bay near Homer (August 24-26)
  • Kayaking in Kachemak Bay (August)
  • Best of Homer Get together (August)

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, dsundmark@peninsulailc.org 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.

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

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.



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