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John’s Fishing Story

My name is John, and I am 13 years old. I attend Manchester Academic Charter School, and it’s the greatest school that I’ve ever been to, and I will never leave it until I graduate. When I was new…
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Ryan, Edith, and Students

Why It’s Rewarding To Work With Youth

Working with youth can be stressful. It can also be very rewarding. Working with youth after-school programs every day has its ups and downs. What you take away each day depends on how much you put in. There are truly some amazing people…
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Hiker with dog at the top of a mountain

Outdoor Activities for You and Your Dog

I would be lying through my teeth if I told you that dogs weren’t my favorite animal in the entire world. Aside from being incredibly cute, dogs are fiercely loyal, have good emotional intelligence, and are (sometimes) better companions that humans. In case you need some more persuading, here’s…
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2 summer dreamers campers wading in waterfall fountains by the north shore

Spotlight on Summer Dreamers: The Benefits of a Green Classroom

When most people think of Venture Outdoors, they think of Kayak Pittsburgh. It’s one of our most visible, common outdoor activities. But you won’t just find Venture Outdoors on the water. During the summer our staff travels everywhere from Frick Park to Deer Creek Camp, but they also spend…
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group hiking through schenley park

Parks and Barriers to Getting Outdoors in Pittsburgh

At Venture Outdoors, we understand spending time outside is not everyone’s favorite pastime (although we find this difficult to believe, since spending time outside makes people healthier and happier). But most of the people who spend the majority of their time indoors are not choosing to do so; most…
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