Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail Quest Series
Completing all 70 miles of the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail is one of the ultimate outdoor challenges in Western PA. We're pleased to be hosting a series to help you accomplish just that! Sign up for the entire series to take advantage of a shuttle bus from Monroeville to the trailhead and back. Do all seven hikes and earn a commemorative t-shirt!
Dates for the hikes:
Saturday, April 19
Saturday, May 3
Saturday, May 10
Saturday, May 24
Saturday, May 31
Saturday, June 7
Saturday, June 14
Allegheny County Park Quest Series
Hike each of the nine Allegheny County Parks on this series that connects each park's outermost trails for a day-long loop hike. These advanced hikes will follow hilly terrain and cover approximately 10 miles each. We will start and finish with the two oldest and largest parks, taking the others alphabetically. In addition to some serious hiking, we will explore the history and special features of each park. Participants will receive a detailed hiking map of the park.
Saturday, April 19
Enjoy some exercise, good food and drinks on a Saturday afternoon. We'll stroll around Downtown Pittsburgh stopping at key locations and our guest speaker Louise Sturgess, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, will discuss the building architecture. After the walk, we will stop for a wine tasting paired with appetizers at the Capital Grille. Minimum age 21.
Friday, April 25 to Sunday, April 27
Designed to train Venture Outdoors volunteer Trip Leaders, the Outdoor Leadership Weekend is the perfect way to learn how to lead trips or improve your leadership skills. This full weekend course mixes skill-training and fun. The curriculum is based on that used by the Appalachian Mountain Club and the National Outdoor Leadership School. We cover a lot of material in the classroom and create practical role-playing scenarios. Topics include: leadership styles, group dynamics, trip planning, risk management and other important trip leader skills. All meals and camping are included; onsite lodging is $20 per night. The course begins Friday evening with instruction and a social.