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.

OUTDOOR News

  • Opening Weekend at Kayak Pittsburgh

    May 5, 2015

    We would like to send special thanks to all of our amazing customers who came down to celebrate opening weekend at the North Shore.

    Opening weekend is always an exciting time for us down at Kayak Pittsburgh. After spending our winter months preparing for the summer, cleaning out the locations, and cleaning your favorite yellow boats, we are finally able to do what we love most – send you out to enjoy the water!

    There was no better way to kick off the 2015 season than with the warm weather and river conditions we enjoyed.

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  • Outing recap: Bird Count Walk

    March 2, 2015

    16347360029_ae9b2c7f60_zBy David Bennett, Volunteer Trip Leader

    What a wonderful Valentine’s Day morning!  Nine Venture Outdoors
    participants joined me on a cold Saturday for a 2 hour Bird Count Walk
    on Mount Washington.   We were accompanied by a very talented crew of
    bird experts/enthusiasts:   Eva Simms is an avid bird watcher and is
    quite familiar with the birds and trails in Mount Washington; Judith
    Koch is the Park Manager at Emerald View Park and an
    ecologist/environmental educator; and Joseph Reznik is a talented
    Biologist/Ornithologist.

    We gathered at Café Cravings on Bigham St,

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  • Love Blooms While Venturing Outdoors

    February 12, 2015

    Linn Runn State Park (12-27-14)Karen Bondi and Bill Hicks got more than they bargained for when they signed up for a Venture Outdoors hike at Raccoon Creek State Park back in the fall of 2013. The couple recently returned to the site where they first met to create a new memory – getting engaged.

    Bill has been a long time member of Venture Outdoors, having first joined when he retired from Westinghouse. He wanted to spend his retirement staying active and enjoying the outdoors. He first met Karen as they waited for the outing to begin and came over to speak with her.

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  • Owl Prowling

    February 3, 2015

    — David Bennett, Volunteer Trip Leader

    A few years ago, I was leading a hike in Riverview Park with PTAG Trail Steward, Sean Brady.  We were heading up toward Snyder’s Point from Violet Lane, when Sean stopped to make an owl call.  To our surprise we heard the reply, “Who cooks for you?” It was the classic call of a Barred Owl.

    Both Sean and I have lived next to Riverview Park for years, so the revelation that there were large owls living in the park captured our imaginations.  I contacted Bob Mulvihill at the National Aviary about the possibility of leading an owl trip in Riverview,

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  • Winter Members Day!

    January 21, 2015

    WinterSmoresSunday, February 15, 2015 1pm-4pm
    North Park Rose Barn – Pearce Mill Road, Allison Park, PA

    FREE for Venture Outdoors Members and one guest!

    Don’t bother turning up the heat; meet us outside where the fire is warm and the flurries are falling! Join us on Sunday, February 15th for our 2015 Winter Members Day Celebration. We are staying a little closer to home and will be enjoying the flurries at North Park this year. As always there will be great outdoors activities to enjoy in the company of your fellow outdoor enthusiasts. If there is snow on the ground we will be snowshoeing and making snow-creatures.

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Featured Outing

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Neighborhood Hiking Series

Explore and learn about eight of Pittsburgh’s finest neighborhoods with these moderately paced hikes on May 7, May 21, June 8, June 18, July 6, July 21, August 3, and August 20.