Our programs include:

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Ski for Free

Valdez, Alaska is known for its winters and better yet, for its surrounding terrain. Valdez Parks & Recreation, in collaboration with the University of Alaska land management, maintains a series of phenomenal cross-country and multi-use trails for public use. Prince William Sound College and SWAN have partnered to create Ski for Free, a program that supplies nordic ski gear to any willing individual with a desire to take advantage of what Valdez winters have to offer. With only a 3-day limitation per use, there is no cost to rent the following gear:

  • Skate skis, poles and boots
  • Cross-country skis, poles and boots
  • Showshoes
  • Gaiters
  • Adjustable poles
  • Headlamps
  • GPS units 

 

Healthier You

SWAN partners with the City of Valdez Parks & Recreation to support Healthier You, a Parks & Recreation program that inspires the community to get healthy during the Alaskan winter and into the beginning of summer. Since 2010 the community has lost an average of 1,440 pounds per year. Healthier You has and will continue to prove tremendous health-driven results in the lives and families of the Valdez community. 

 

Run Series

SWAN partners with the City of Valdez Parks & Recreation to support a series of races including 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons and fun runs for all ages. 

Climb Denali Challenge

SWAN partners with the City of Valdez Parks & Recreation to support Rock Wall climbing activities for all ages.

Each trip to the top of the Valdez Rock Wall earns you one step closer to the summit. After 549 times, you'll be awarded bragging rights and fabulous apparel.

Each trip to the top of the Valdez Rock Wall earns you one step closer to the summit. After 549 times, you'll be awarded bragging rights and fabulous apparel.

SQORD

SWAN partners with Providence Health & Services and the Valdez City Schools to provide our 5, 6, 7 and 8th graders with activity trackers. SQORD is the fitness platform that makes healthy, active play more fun for kids by allowing them to compete and earn points for everyday activities.

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Valdez High School Library – Health Books

This partnership between the Valdez High School and SWAN has provided many new Health and Well-being books to the VHS Library. 

VALDEZ COMMUNITY GARDEN

In the spring of 2016, SWAN partnered with the Valdez Community Garden Association to establish a garden near the Providence Medical Center and the Valdez Senior Center. Garden plots were made available to all Valdez residents interested in growing fresh vegetables and developing community relationships with fellow gardeners. In it's second year the community garden continues its popularity and sustainabliliyty via plot rentals and local support.