Our Mission
We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting everyone to the benefits of outdoor recreation throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. We provide a variety of activities that inspire an active lifestyle, promote the region’s unique natural amenities, highlight its excellent quality of life, and foster a greater appreciation for the environment.


  • Butterflies Galore!

    August 16, 2015

    By: David Bennett, Volunteer Trip LeaderButterflyOn a beautiful morning in Mt Washington’s Emerald View Park, 11 Venture Outdoors participants and leaders gathered to take part in the North American Butterfly Association’s National Butterfly Count. Joseph Reznik, a local Biologist, helped to organize and lead the count, which he calls an expression of Citizen Science. It’s exciting when ordinary people gather to learn the science of sustainability and also know that the data they collect will be aggregated in a national database that will help scientists learn more about how to protect butterfly species.  Butterflies are very sensitive to environmental changes and are good early indicators of environmental problems.

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  • 335+ Miles from Pittsburgh to DC!

    August 6, 2015

    By: Nancy Latimer, Volunteer Trip Leader

    Nancy3Well the poster children for VO have continued their adventures. Last year I wrote about how Nancy and I had started hiking with VO years ago and we progressed to completing a week-long backcountry backpacking trip at the Grand Canyon. Well after a foot injury sidelined me for hiking we took up biking. VO to the rescue again with local bike trips including the riverfront trails, segments of the Great Allegheny Passage, and bike clinics to help us with basic repairs. We trained all spring and in June completed the 335+ mile ride from Pittsburgh to DC on the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) and the C&O Towpath.

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  • Adaptive Paddling Workshop

    July 30, 2015


    Hi, my name is Mike Adams. Four days of a physical and emotional roller coaster ride, and I’ve safely landed a new person.  Please allow me to walk you (or paddle you) through the process of change that occurred over the Four-Day ACA Adaptive Paddling Workshop hosted by Venture Outdoors in conjunction with Dynamic Paddlers.

    Rewind to the day before the class; as the Senior Site Supervisor of Kayak Pittsburgh I had a lot of expectations to live up to.

    Day 1 was all classroom.  We spent most of the day learning the core concepts of adaptive paddling. 

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  • Professional Adventurists – Our Trip Leader Specialists

    July 13, 2015

    By: Iris Bejgrowicz, Trip Leader Specialist

    A few weeks ago, we were introduced to the first batch of our trip leader specialists. Now, it is time to introduce the remaining three! Say hello to the rest of the Summer 2015 Trip Leader Specialist team:

    Alex KeimAlex Keim

    From the land of ice and lake effect snow (Erie), Alex has joined the team after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Communications. Our mission of getting everyone outdoors is one that Alex believes in, and can have fun with too. Alex has been leading and assisting trips in kayaking,

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  • Pittsburgh from the Seat of a Bicycle

    July 8, 2015


    By: Kathi Radock, Membership Director

    Venture Outdoors recently had the pleasure of hosting travel writer and photographer, Joe Baur, for an urban bike tour of some of the many fantastic views of our city.

    Led by longtime Venture Outdoors Trip Leader Jen Brown, their route included stops along the South Side and Hot Metal Bridge, Allegheny Commons, Three Rivers Regatta, Roberto Clemente Bridge and the Monongahela Incline and Mt. Washington.

    Pittsburgh-Fireworks-JoeBaurPlease visit Joe’s website for more photos of his day spent with Venture Outdoors and his reflections on his trip.

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Featured Outing

Hartwood Acres

Autumn Equinox Hike

September 23, 2015

Fall is here and with it comes the cool nights! We’re going to celebrate the sun’s position over the equator with a night hike around Hartwood Acres. We will wind along the wooded trails and view the star-studded sky while enjoying the first autumn evening of the year. This outing is dog friendly!