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.


  • 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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  • Fall Photography Walk Highlights

    November 6, 2014

    Our October Member Outing was a special one! Volunteer Trip Leaders David Bennett and Alison Pochapin led an enthusiastic group of photography novices into Moraine State Park. The results were amazing and we’re happy to share with you a few of their shots!

    Interested in nature photography as well? Here are a few tips and tricks.

    • Consider where is your light source coming from. Allison reviewed Front,
      Side and Back Lighting as possible options for achieving the effect
      you want.
    • Don’t settle for a single shot, you can learn more by taking lots
      of pictures and reviewing them later.

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  • Charlie’s Story – Part 3

    October 8, 2014

    7o, Mt Katahdin, Baxter Peak 2, 9_15 Vermont turned out to be pretty muddy, but only for the first 50 miles or so. At one point I stepped into mud and sunk up to my knee. Luckily, my boot was still on my foot when I pulled it up. The mosquitoes don’t seem to like it this far north. It was nice to move out of their territory–they were pretty bad in parts of CT and MA. There is another long trail in Vermont, imaginatively called the Long Trail (there is also a brewery named after this trail), which is concurrent with the AT for the first 100 miles in the southern part of Vermont,

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  • Final TriAnglers of the Season Tomorrow

    September 23, 2014

    Bob Millers big smile of his 15inch catch held up by felllow TriAngler Dave Bolslettby Liz Ruzycki

    Venture Outdoors’ fishing group known as the TriAnglers meet Wednesdays around lunch time on the Allegheny River’s North Shore by PNC Park. The group fishes with a beautiful view of Pittsburgh’s downtown with the Point and Mt. Washington in the background.

    The Pirates were playing on the day I joined the TriAnglers, and the shoreline was lively and bustling as we fished near the Roberto Clemente (6th St.) bridge. A handful of experienced fishers gather here each week to enjoy some time in the sun and haul in a few fish from the river,

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  • All New Ventureoutdoors.org

    September 10, 2014

    Venture Outdoors is thrilled to announce launch of its all new website, www.ventureoutdoors.org!

    The aim of the new site are to provide a more robust user experience, streamline the membership and donation processes, and improve the outing registration format. Built on a WordPress platform, the new site also has an enhanced visual and interactive experience over the current site.

    We appreciate everyone’s patience as we have made this transition. As with most new sites, there will be a slight learning curve for users as they adapt to the new system but we are positive that once you have got the hang of it,

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Featured Outing


Urban Fitness Hike Series

Exercise doesn’t have to be dull! This winter, come outside and play with Venture Outdoors.