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.


  • School Year Youth Outings

    May 20, 2015

    by Lo Hutelmyer, Youth Program Coordinator

    Venture Outdoors provides so many wonderful programs throughout the region, most of which tend to happen during the warmer, summer months.  But throughout the past winter, VO has had the privilege of working with urban youth to help expand our mission of truly getting everyone outside.  In collaboration with charter schools, after school programs, and church groups, VO staff have been leading weekly outings throughout the region to help target a younger generation and encourage them to experience the outdoors – even on those extremely cold, winter days!  These outings,

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  • Venture Ommmmdoors – Yoga Intro Hike on April 11th

    May 20, 2015

    by Nancy Latimer, Volunteer Trip Leader


    Well the weather finally broke this past week, but with all the rain there wasn’t much time to get out and enjoy the mild temperatures. All that changed on Saturday with temps hitting 60 and clear skies. It was the perfect day for an urban hike through Bellevue followed by relaxing yoga at Yoga on Fremont.

    Yoga 1I’ve led this hike five or six times and it has rained or snowed every time. One time there was a blizzard that forced all but one participant to cancel.

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  • Opening Weekend at Kayak Pittsburgh

    May 5, 2015

    We would like to send special thanks to all of our amazing customers who came down to celebrate opening weekend at the North Shore.

    Opening weekend is always an exciting time for us down at Kayak Pittsburgh. After spending our winter months preparing for the summer, cleaning out the locations, and cleaning your favorite yellow boats, we are finally able to do what we love most – send you out to enjoy the water!

    There was no better way to kick off the 2015 season than with the warm weather and river conditions we enjoyed.

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  • Outing recap: Bird Count Walk

    March 2, 2015

    16347360029_ae9b2c7f60_zBy David Bennett, Volunteer Trip Leader

    What a wonderful Valentine’s Day morning!  Nine Venture Outdoors
    participants joined me on a cold Saturday for a 2 hour Bird Count Walk
    on Mount Washington.   We were accompanied by a very talented crew of
    bird experts/enthusiasts:   Eva Simms is an avid bird watcher and is
    quite familiar with the birds and trails in Mount Washington; Judith
    Koch is the Park Manager at Emerald View Park and an
    ecologist/environmental educator; and Joseph Reznik is a talented

    We gathered at Café Cravings on Bigham St,

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  • Love Blooms While Venturing Outdoors

    February 12, 2015

    Linn Runn State Park (12-27-14)Karen Bondi and Bill Hicks got more than they bargained for when they signed up for a Venture Outdoors hike at Raccoon Creek State Park back in the fall of 2013. The couple recently returned to the site where they first met to create a new memory – getting engaged.

    Bill has been a long time member of Venture Outdoors, having first joined when he retired from Westinghouse. He wanted to spend his retirement staying active and enjoying the outdoors. He first met Karen as they waited for the outing to begin and came over to speak with her.

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Featured Outing


Neighborhood Hiking Series

Explore and learn about eight of Pittsburgh’s finest neighborhoods with these moderately paced hikes on May 7, May 21, June 8, June 18, July 6, July 21, August 3, and August 20.