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.


  • Fall Photography Walk Highlights

    November 6, 2014

    The whole crew The whole crew[/caption]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,

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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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  • Fall Foliage

    September 9, 2014

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAby Adriane Harrison

    One of the gifts of living in Western Pennsylvania is the annual color display when the leaves change in Autumn. Throughout the urban and suburban landscape, hillsides everywhere are awash with shades of crimson, gold, orange, brown, and green. When these changes happen, it is really that leaves are showing their true colors – that are masked by the photosynthesis process. Photosynthesis makes leaves green, but once the days shorten and there is less rainfall, the photosynthesis “factory” in the leaves shuts down and the natural color of the leaves is revealed.

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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.