Homer Wilderness Leaders

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.


Upcoming Courses and Events:

Jul 14 Mon
Wild, Sustainable Summer: Natural Tools and Survival Shelters
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

What can be done with the long, strong stalks of invasive grass? Instead of viewing this weed as a nuisance, we will see it as a resource. We will learn how to weave grass into shelter structures as well as use it to make rope, string and twine. We will ask ourselves: what other objects and tools can be sourced straight from nature? Each week, we meet at Steller Gardens, which is located at the end of Marimac Road. Drive 11 miles East End Road, turn right on Marimac, then follow the road to the big barn at the end. Park at the barn

Jul 16 Wed
Day Trip: Survival Shelters
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Learn the elements of a survival shelter and build your own in the forests around town. Shelters can be made in a couple of hours, and used for many seasons as your own little home! You’ll learn knots and survival skills, and will be better prepared to spend the night on your own, or camp out with friends, without a tent! We will meet at HoWL Headquarters (1554 Homer Spit Road).

Jul 17 Thu
SUP it up!
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

We’ll have canoes, SUPs (Stand-Up Paddle-Boards), paddles, and wetsuits for everyone!  Meet at the Reservoir for an afternoon of SUPing and So much fun. You’ll learn paddle strokes, water safety, and go on a sweet mission around the lake! Bring your daypack, a snack, your bathing suit, extra warm clothes, a water bottle and a towel. Meet at the Reservoir (Turn right at the Y at the top West Hill, 0.9 miles onto Skyline, turn left onto dirt road and go to the far end of the reservoir parking area).

Jul 18 Fri
Edible Ocean
Jul 18 – Jul 20 all-day

Sea Kayak. Tidepool. Camp on the Beach. Dipnet for China Poot Reds.

DiRtBaG Service Corps: Poop Deck Trail
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

HoWLers will be joining forces with the Kachemak Land Trust. We’ll be finishing up our job from the previous trip. We are going to be building a fence and tending to the gardens. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Bring a snack and your water bottle. We will be meeting at the top of Poop Deck Rd. at the bench (by Petro). (Age preference: 12+ due to tools and ability needed to construct fence.)

DiRtBaG Service Corps Excursions are volunteer opportunities located throughout Homer, benefitting the larger community. HoWLers who are seeking financial aid or scholarships may participate in our DiRtBaG Service Corps Excursions to earn money off their other expeditions and day trips. All volunteer opportunities will be based outside and may include: litter pick-up, gardening, painting, digging, building, and much more. More information about today’s trip coming soon!