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Homer Saw and Cycle

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Location:

1532 Ocean Dr

Contact:

907-235-8406

homersaw@xyz.net

 www.homersawcycle.com

Hours:

Monday – Friday  9am – 5:30pm, Saturday 11am – 5pm

Things sold:

Outdoors gear, sporting equipment, hardware/gardening supplies. Summer bike rentals

Discounts:

Ski Club Members and 3 Hockey Teams

Teen Services:

“We provide opportunities for outdoor exercise and recreation.”

Food:

High-end energy bars

Benefits:

“They can get questions answered about certain products.  Obviously, in the summertime, that’s gonna involve bicycles or  bicycling or places to ride, things like that. In wintertime, there are a lot of teens with snow machines, and again, they have maintenance questions, repair questions…”

Karen Hornaday Park

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Location:

629 Fairview Ave

Website:

https://www.facebook.com/…/Karen-Hornaday-Park/132843656795777

What is it?

Campground located on the wooded hillside above Hornaday Park and Playground, this campground offers 31 sheltered sites with picnic tables and fire rings.   There is potable water available next to the registration kiosk at the entrance to the campground, as well as pit toilets.  Flush restrooms are located in Hornaday Park.  

What can teens do?

Hang out, go camping.

Cost?

$15/RV/night; $8/tent/night.

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Alaska Wilderness 4-Wheeler Tours

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Location:

4850 Spruce Lane

Contact:

907-235-8567 or 907-399-6264

What is it?

Recreation & Adventure-Four Wheeling

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Surf Alaska

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Location:

By appointment.

Contact:

907.399.SURF (7873)

http://surfalaska.net/

What is it?

Surf shop that sells Stand Up Paddleboards, surfboards and wetsuits and accessories. Offers SUP and surf trips with Ocean Swell Ventures. The website shares tons of photos and lots of content like videos about surfing, SUPing and exploring the coast of Alaska and provides lots of information about surfing in Alaska. Links to providers in Homer and around the state that rent Stand Up Paddlebaords.

 

Kachemak Nordic Ski Club

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Location:

Meets monthly at Cook Inlet Keeper September through May.

Contact:

907-235-5304

kachemaknordicskiclub@gmail.com

brann@alaska.net

http://kachemaknordicskiclub.org/

What is it?

Kachemak Nordic Ski Club maintains  over 70 kilometers of groomed trails at the Baycrest, McNeil Canyon-Eveline, and Lookout Mountain trail systems. All three areas are groomed for classic as well as skate skiing and are located close to the town of Homer. Each area offers varying terrain with opportunities for panoramic views of Kachemak Bay and the Kenai Mountain Range. If you enjoy the ski trails, consider becoming a member.

Special events like ski races and lessons throughout the winter.

Cost? Discounts?

Individuals can join for as little as a Basic $25 membership, Super User $50, or Patron $150 levels. Families can join at the $50, $100, $300 or more levels. Businesses can join with a cash membership or by making in-kind donations.

HOMER SAW AND CYCLE offers a 10% discount on all ski related items and a 15% discount on ski packages for all current members of the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club. You must ask for the discount. Membership forms can be filled out and turned in at Homer Saw and Cycle.

CHAIN REACTION SPORTS IN ULMER’S TRUE VALUE DRUG STORE offers a 15% discount on all ski equipment and winter gear to club members. There is also a 20% discount for all school ski team members and coaches, and all Junior Nordic participants. Chain Reaction will also provide a base prep free with your purchase of skis. Your membership should be current to qualify for this benefit. Be sure to ask about the discount for club members. Chain Reaction will honor all Alaska Nordic Skier address labels even if you are from Anchorage, Fairbanks, or the other clubs.

Volunteer Opportunities:

An entirely volunteer organization. Motivated teens are welcome. Coaching for Junior Nordic, seasonal trail work.

HoWL

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Location:

1554 Homer Spit Rd

Contact:

(907) 399-HOWL  or (907) 399-4695

www.howlalaska.org/

https://www.facebook.com/howl.alaska

What is it?

Alaskan Summer Camps and Wilderness Expeditions for Youth. “Our mission is to empower young leaders by providing outdoor, experiential education through fun and dynamic adventures in Alaska.”

Financial Aid and/or discounts:

Offer scholarships, offer financial aid called DiRtBaG Awards- Discount Rates to Boys and Girls. Through the DiRtBaG program, students earn awards by participating in our annual Homer Clean-Up Week, wherein DiRtBaGgers pick up litter in town and on local beaches. “By collecting pledges from community members along with community sponsorships, we are able to fund the DiRtBaG Awards.”

HoWL has a fleet of backpacks, sleeping bags, hiking boots, rain gear and more to loan to students if they need it.

Volunteer:

Can correlate with financial aid awards involving clean up.

Benefits to Teens:

Adventure, outdoor, fun, social, experiences.

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Girls Scouts of Alaska

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Location:

Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies (708 Smoky Bay Way, Homer, AK 99603)

Contact:

907-399-6756

www.girlscouts.org

beth@akcoastalstudies.org

What is it?

Youth leadership development program for girls grades K-12. Troop members participate in camps and outdoor education, workshops and events. Girl Scouts encourages financial literacy through cookie sales, bake sales, and various fundraisers

What can Teens do?

Under 18 (before graduation) can join and participate in the program, over 18 (post graduation) can volunteer to be group leaders.

Teen Services:

Girl scouts who get into middle and high school can earn credits to go on exchange trips. K-12 can be girl scouts, after graduation teens can be leaders or help out with the troupe.

Benefits to Teens:

Learning skills. Through the various activities, teens can learn leadership skills, business skills, job shadowing, etc.

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Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park

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Location:

95 Sterling Highway, Suite 2

Contact:

(907) 269-8700

info@friendsofkachemakbay.org

http://www.friendsofkachemakbay.org/

What is it?

A non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing, preserving and protecting the resources of Kachemak Bay State Park. They try to get people to visit the park, and raise money for various maintenance efforts.

Teen Services:

Use the park! Or volunteer. Get help with a senior project.

Cost? Discounts?

$35/year membership fee; Cabins are $55-$75/night.

Members get discounts on water taxis.

Volunteer:

The state park requires volunteers to be 18, but the Friends does not. Youth can volunteer to maintain trails across the bay, or help with smaller projects on this side such as painting signs.

Trails maintenance days, first week of June: Get a water taxi across for $20.Spend the morning helping clean up trails, and then spend the rest of the day hanging out and exploring.

 

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Homer Community Recreation and Parks & Rec

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Location:

Homer High School
600 East Fairview Ave.
*HHS ­inside the commons go forward then there’s a door and window to an office for the Community Recreation Program.

Contact:

(907)235-6090

Mike Illg, MS, CPRP, Recreation Manager

millg@ci.homer.ak.us

www.cityofhomer-ak.gove/recreation;

www.homercommunityrecreation.com;

Hours:

Office Hours (varies): Monday – Thursday   12 pm – 8 pm

Friday 9 am – 5pm

What is it?

“The City of Homer Community Recreation promotes community involvement and lifelong learning through educational and recreational opportunities for people of all ages. This will be accomplished through maximizing usage of all community facilities and resources, while utilizing, expanding and uniting local business and school resources and expertise. Our program shall be designed to recognize cultural diversity and to address social and community concerns.”

Classes:

They host classes and programs available to the public, teens are welcome and encouraged to take part in the classes put on by various volunteer and paid instructors. Examples of classes are: basketball, gymnastics, wrestling, ping pong, pickleball, contra dancing, soccer, flag football, broomball, hockey, curling, karate, jewelry making, photography, spanish, fencing, indoor plane flying, indoor volleyball (pickup and league), indoor rock climbing, ballroom dancing, belly dancing, hunter safety, weight room, etc.

The list of available classes can be found at http://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/recreation/fall-winter-20142015-activity-recreation-guide

Cost:

$5 or less for drop-in activities;

$90-160 for a time-limited specialty class

Benefits to Teens:

  1. “It’s not about being a jock. It’s not about being athletic. It’s about moving your body; and when you do that, you feel better.”
  2. Social interaction. You can go with your friend, but you’re going to have the opportunity to meet other people, or get to know people you kind of know. “You discover more about people in an hour of play than a year of conversation.” – Plato.
  3. Affordablity. Most classes are as little as $1.
  4. It’s fun! And who knows, maybe you;ll find something that will become a lifelong passion.   Or you can just fill a Saturday.

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May
2015

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Cyclelogical

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Location:

3585 East End Rd, Homer, AK 99603

Contact:

call (907) 226­2925
text (907) 299­7746

Hours:

Tuesday-­ Saturday  10am ­- 6pm (winter hours subject to weather)

What is it?

Cyclelogical is your go-­to bicycle repair shop and retail store for the community of Homer, Alaska.

Homer may be the end of the road, but it’s the start of so much more. Here at Cycle Logical we offer a wide range of rental equipment for the adventurous cyclist. Rent a Fat Bike today and enjoy our endless beaches on a self­guided adventure. Or, consider hiring one of our experienced guides for a more structured and educational ride.

Want to go on a full­-blown bike-packing journey? We can customize your trip and outfit you with bike, bags, and knowledge so all you’ll have to worry about is where you’ll be when the next high tide rolls in.

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May
2015

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Cook Inlet Keeper

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Location:

3437 Ben Walters Ln

Contact:

(907) ­235-­4068

http://inletkeeper.org

Hours:

Monday – ­Friday   9am­ –  5pm

What is it?

Cook Inlet Keeper is an information center. Their website and staff are great resources for school papers or other research needs. Their main focus is on protecting clean waterways and maintaining healthy salmon populations, but they also teach everyone about what they can do as an individual to protect clean water.

What can teens do?

There are both volunteer and internship opportunities available for interested youth. Contact Cook Inlet Keeper for more information.

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Community Recreation Program

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Location:

Homer High School*
600 East Fairview Avenue

Mike Illg, MS, CPRP, Recreation Manager
*HHS ­inside the commons go forward then there’s a door and window to an office for the Community Recreation Program. There are handouts with information

Contact:

(907) ­235­-6090

(or 235­-3170 for campgrounds)

Email: communityrecreation@cityofhomer­ak.gov

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/…/Karen­Hornaday­Park/132843656795777

Hours:

Office Hours (varies): Monday – Thursday   12 pm – 8 pm

Friday 9 am – 5pm

What is it?

“The City of Homer Community Recreation promotes community involvement and lifelong learning through educational and recreational opportunities for people of all ages. This will be accomplished through maximizing usage of all community facilities and resources, while utilizing, expanding and uniting local business and school resources and expertise. Our program shall be designed to recognize cultural diversity and to address social and community concerns.”

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2015

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Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

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Location:

708 Smokey Bay Way

Contact:

(907) ­235-­6746

info@akcoastalstudies.org

www.akcoastalstudies.org

What is it?

The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies (CACS) connects people in the Homer area with the outdoors. Through various events throughout the summer and winter and the Wynn Nature Center, CACS invites everyone to take part in the open spaces, as well as the educational programs. They offer school programs, both day and overnight trips.

During the summer, CACS offers internships to youth over the age of 14. “The purpose of this internship program is to provide opportunities for practical experiences to high school age youth at facilities operated by the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies­­the Wynn Nature, Peterson Bay Field Station, and the CACS Yurt on the Spit. Learning opportunities at these facilities have been designed to help you gain skills in the areas of nature interpretation and teaching, public relations, research and monitoring and other behind the scene duties like trail maintenance and program preparation.”

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2015

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Boy Scouts of Alaska

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Location:

Meets at West Homer Elementary School.

Chartered through the Homer United Methodist church.

Contact:

Brian Partridge  (907) 435­-7121

http://homertroop555.org/

Hours:

Meets Mondays 7 pm – 8:30 pm at West Homer Elementary School

Summer: Random schedule of camping trips in the area, as well as Eagle River Summer Camp in June.

What is it?

“The Boy Scouts program is set­up so that the first few ranks are general skills building. We work on water safety ­­ so we make sure if you do labored stuff like canoeing and kayaking, you’re not gonna drown ­­ and then we work on some citizenship skills. Once you’ve made first class, which is within the first couple of years, you work on merit badges; and merit badges are totally voluntary and there’s just tons. There’s merit badges in canoeing and aviation and engineering, in medicine, first aid, lifesaving – they are 160­something different merit badges that are offered. Each one has a little program. You get a merit badge counselor, an adult who is an expert in that field – or as close as we can get in Homer, anyway – who does a mentoring program and you learn everything you can about that particular subject and you have to earn a certain number of merit badges to make the next rank. So the end goal, of course, is to get to the Eagle Rank. If you’re an Eagle Scout that’s something that follows you all through your adulthood. You have to be done before 18.”

What’s it about?

“Scouting really is about becoming a confident well­-rounded adult. We teach skills like wilderness survivor and lifesaving and first aid and realistically you can live your entire life and never need to use any lifesaving skills or first aid, CPR; but the fact is just having those skills and knowing those skills add a lot of confidence as an adult. Just the understanding that you can pretty much take care of yourself, you can provide support for community, you can be a good community member. The list of helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent – that’s basically a recipe for good person.”