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by Brittany Fagan; photos by Sami Caun
During my four years of education at Slippery Rock University I was introduced to the sport of stand up paddle boarding. For actual college credits, I was required to take a six week stand up paddle board course. With all of my friends extremely envious of my course work, I learned all the basics of paddle boarding and how to properly teach it to others.
In the summer of 2016, I got to put my education to work! I was hired as a trip leader specialist for Venture Outdoors as well as a SUP instructor!
by Megan Stewart, former Supervisor at Kayak Pittsburgh
We spent hours looking out of the bus windows at the dreary, rainy day. While this type of weather is normal
in Ireland, we had been anxiously awaiting our Atlantic Sea Kayaking trip in Skibbereen, a small coastal town in Southern Ireland. The temperatures were low, and the rain continued all day. We were so nervous the trip would be cancelled. We finally arrived at our wonderful Airbnb just as the rain stopped. As we made some tea and dropped our bags, we started to notice the sun peeking out –
by Suni Lynn Lee, pictures provided by Myra Aronson
When I met Myra Aronson at a Venture Outdoors rock climbing event, something in her demeanor and attitude impressed me. As I watched her successfully tackle the challenge of scaling a sheer rock cliff, an activity I was too timid to attempt, I felt inspired. But it wasn’t just that she faced down whatever fear she may have been feeling that inspired me. I was also deeply affected by the fact that as a woman in her 50’s she was doing what she loved and most wanted to do.
As part of our series that shines a spotlight on the behind-the-scenes brain power that goes into planning your favorite programs, we present our staff blog that helps you learn about those who work inside so you can get outside.
This week we’ll be interviewing Sherry Buckham, our Operations Administrator.
Briefly tell us about your background: where did you grow up, where did you go to school, and what brought you to Venture Outdoors?
I grew up in a small city called Clairton about 18 miles outside of the city of Pittsburgh.
by Meg Taylor, Youth Programs Intern; photos by Sami Caun, Photography Intern
As a student at the University of Pittsburgh, I live in what I would call “a concrete jungle”. I take the public bus wherever I need to go, live in an apartment where silence is never an option, and am constantly in city mode. With that said, I love Pittsburgh and everything it has to offer – which includes all the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors even within an urban environment.
I am currently holding down classes,
North Shore and North Park are open weekends only in October.
Aspinwall Riverfront Park is closed for the season.
Please click here for general information and times for all three locations.
North Park Clean Up Paddle
Sunday, October 23
10 AM – 1 PM