ORCA/Recreation Services

 ORCA Adaptive Recreation Program

       

ORCA (Outdoor Recreation and Community Access) is the adaptive sports and recreation program of SAIL. Our purpose is to promote inclusive recreation and adaptive outdoor pursuits for Southeast Alaskan’s who experience disabilities. We maintain three offices–one in Juneau, one in Ketchikan and one in Sitka. Services include community access and inclusion opportunities, an adaptive ski and snowboard school, youth and transition recreation services, adaptive outdoor pursuits, adaptive equipment for loan, classes and courses, and multi-day domestic and international trips.

 


News and Updates

ORCA Ski & Snowboard Lessons  are happening NOW!
2/2/16
Get up and out of the rain and up on the slopes! ORCA and Eaglecrest are offering Adaptive Ski & Snowboard Lessons at Eaglecest every weekend on Saturday and Sunday. Any ability welcome! Call the ORCA office to reserve a lesson, or ski buddy session at 907-586-0104.
 
ORCA Adaptive Ski/SB Volunteer Training
1/6/16
The ORCA Adaptive Ski and Snowboard Program is looking for volunteers again this winter! The ORCA Program provides ski, snowboard and Nordic lessons to people experiencing disabilities and is seeking active volunteers to help assist participants on the mountain. Contact us to sign-up for our final Volunteer Training of the season on Saturday, Jan. 16 from 9-3:30pm - and find how you can share your passion, make a difference and earn free lift tickets at Eaglecrest! Call ORCA at 586-0104, or email mahleman@sailinc.org for more information.
 
 
ORCA January- April 2016 Activity Calendar is out!
1/6/16
Hot off the presses! The ORCA activity calendar for January - April 2016 is now available! Ski/Snowboard on the weekends, youth activities during the week, Healthy Choices monthly and more! Check out the activities that interest you! Call the ORCA office for more information 586-0104.
 
ORCA Volunteer Nordic Ski Trainings!
12/15/15
The ORCA Adaptive Nordic Ski Program is looking for volunteers again this winter! The ORCA Program provides Nordic lessons to people experiencing disabilities and is seeking active volunteers to help assist participants learning to Cross Country (Nordic ski).  Call ORCA at 586-0104, or email mahleman@sailinc.org for more information.
 
ORCA Volunteer  Ski & Snowboard Trainings!
12/11/15
The ORCA Adaptive Ski and Snowboard Program is looking for volunteers again this winter! The ORCA Program provides ski, snowboard and Nordic lessons to people experiencing disabilities and is seeking active volunteers to help assist participants on the mountain. Come drop-in to the ORCA Volunteer Info Night on Nov. 20th from 5-6:30at Coppa and find how you can share your passion, make a difference and earn free lift tickets at Eaglecrest! Call ORCA at 586-0104, or email mahleman@sailinc.org for more information.
 
Juneau ORCA After-School Activities begin THIS WEEK!
08/24/2015

Interested in volunteering with the ORCA Ski & Snowboard Program? Sign-up for on of the mandatory Volunteer Trainings on: Saturday, Dec. 12 from 9-3:30pm, Sunday, Dec. 13 from 9-3:30pm or Jan., 16 from 9-3:30pm. Find out more on the ORCA Volunteer page. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Megan Ahleman at mahleman@sailinc.org or call 907-586-0104.

 

Juneau ORCA After-School Activities begin THIS WEEK!

08/24/2015

Juneau ORCA After-School Adventure Clubs for youth experiencing disabilties begin on Aug. 25th! September Adventure Club activities include biking, rock climbing, outdoor explorers, and lots of fun!

The 2015/2016 schedule is as follows:

Adventure Clubs
Our Adventure Club programs have switched days! 
    
     YAC- Youth Adventure Club: Thursdays
            Elementary Students: 7-11 yrs. 
            $10/activity (+ride)
 
     MAC- Middle Adventure Club: Wednesdays
            Middle School Students: 12-14 yrs.
            $10/activity (+ride)
 
     AC- Adventure Club: Tuesdays
            High School Students: 14-18 yrs.
            $10/activity (+ride)

 

See the Fall ORCA Calendar for activity schedule, times, and weekly activity plan.

For more information, scholarship forms, or to sign up your student, contact:eclifford@sailinc.org, or call the Juneau ORCA Office: 907-586-0104.

Learn-to-Adapt Series! Adaptive Rock Climbing Event
08/22/2015
SAIL's Learn-to-Adapt Series: Adaptive Rock Climbing Event will be Saturday, Aug. 22, at 4pm at The Rock Dump Climbing Gym (on Thane Rd). People with physical disabiliites or injury are invited to come learn about rock climbing, and try out adaptive rock climbing harnesses. For more info or to sign up, call 907-586-0104.

 

 
Juneau Fall ORCA Calendar is out!
08/18/2015
The Juneau ORCA Calendar is published! Check out expanded after-school activities, Rock Climbing & Ice Skating Courses, and a big trip to Bryce & Zion National Park! Contact the Juneau ORCA Office to sign-up for activities and trips. Download and print a Fall Calendar copy here. Or visit, the ORCA Calendars tab. For more info or to sign up, call 907-586-0104.
 

Juneau ORCA Fall Volunteer Training!

08/13/2015
Join SAIL's adaptive sports program for our annual fall volunteer training. Learn how to belay a climber, properly fit a harness, or how to use adaptive equipment and devices to get people of all abilities up the wall! For more info or to sign up, call 586-0104.
 
ORCA Summer Trips!
6/30/2015
Sign-up for a quick adaptive trip this summer with ORCA!
  • Haines SE Alaska State Fair - July 30-Aug 2 - $300
  • Kluane Bike & Hike Trip - Aug 2-6 - $400

Call ORCA for more information or to sign-up: 907-586-0104

Juneau ORCA Hiking Course & Zipline!
6/30/2015
Join ORCA as we explore Juneau's exceptional hiking trails! The course location will vary based on trail conditions and ability levels. Participants will increase endurance, learn hiking safety and packing skills, and peer-to-peer support. The Course Capstone will be an (optional) 5-day Hike & Bike trip through Kluane National Park in Yukon, Canada in August. Call ORCA to sign-up: 5
 
Juneau ORCA Whale Watch Tickets, Now on Sale
5/12/15
Tickets are now on sale for Juneau's annual Whale Watch and Wildlife Cruise. A big thank you to Allen Marine for graciously sponsoring this event each year. There are limited seats available and this cruise sells out every year. For tickets and info, click here. Can't go? Donate a ticket to a consumer who can!
 
Juneau Learn-to-Adapt Series: Adaptive Kayaking & Cycling
4/07/2015
Saturday, May 9th - Drop by SAIL's new Learn-to-Adapt Series: Adaptive Kayaking & Cycling Event for people experiencing physical disabilities and Disabled Veterans at Twin Lakes Shelter from 10-2pm. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Try out hand-cycles, tandem side-by-side bikes, recumbent cycles, and learn about adaptive kayak gear, safety, and technique! Call SAIL for more info, or just sring by! Cost: $FREE.
 

ORCA Juneau Summer Calendar Published!

4/10/2015
The ORCA 2015 Juneau Summer Calendar (May-Aug) has been published, and can be viewed on Facebook, Twitter, Google Calendar, and on the SAIL website under the "Services & Programs"/"ORCA" tab. Sign-up for one of the many exciting Adaptive Courses, Multi-day Trips, Youth Day Camps, and Special Events including Ziplining, Annual Wildlife Cruise, and the new Learn-to-Adapt Series: Adaptive Kayaking & Cycling specifically for people experiencing physical disabiliies. Contact ORCA Juneau Office to sign-up or for more information: 907-586-0104.