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 amenities, highlight its excellent quality of life, and foster a greater appreciation for the environment.


  • I Am Curious, Outdoors (or Everything You Wanted to Know About Trip Leading, But Were Afraid to Ask).

    May 3, 2016

    By: Joel Johnston

    When I thought about writing this piece, I initially struggled with what to call it. Which gave me some immediate anxiety to think that if I was having trouble with a title, this was not a good omen. But then, what do you call something that tests you in so many ways — one that involves successfully planning and executing events for possibly dozens of people you may have never met before; one that may require you to master a skill set you never had – or more likely one you didn’t know you had,

     » Read more about: I Am Curious, Outdoors (or Everything You Wanted to Know About Trip Leading, But Were Afraid to Ask).  »

  • Are You Ready for the Day of Giving?

    April 26, 2016

    By: Kathi Radock, Venture Outdoors Membership and Volunteer Manager

    DOG postcard (3).1-page-001 (1)Since 2009 The Pittsburgh Foundation has sponsored the Day of Giving in Pittsburgh. Modeled after similar national programs including #GivingTuesday, the Day of Giving is a one-day opportunity to showcase our local nonprofits and support them on a grand scale.

    This year’s Day of Giving is on Tuesday, May 3, from 8 AM until midnight. Donations made at www.pittsburghgives.org will go to support your favorite organizations, including Venture Outdoors.

    Unlike previous DOGs where the Foundation offered up matching funds,

     » Read more about: Are You Ready for the Day of Giving?  »

  • Shelby ‘Roccos’ Your World

    April 19, 2016

    By: Shelby Rocco, Venture Outdoors Intern


    Have you, adventurers, ever wondered about your Venture Outdoors volunteers, Trip Leaders, Trip Leader Council, or Venture Outdoors members? Venture Outdoors intern, Shelby Rocco, tells us what motivated her to join the Venture Outdoor team, about herself, and her favorite ways to expShelby Rocco - edit photolore the great outdoors!

    1) What are you up to outside of Venture Outdoors?

    Outside of Venture Outdoors, I am a student at Duquesne University. Along with being a student, I am on the Duquesne Rowing team and I have a part time on-campus job.

     » Read more about: Shelby ‘Roccos’ Your World  »

  • Nancy’s Lists

    April 12, 2016

     By: Nancy Latimer

    If you’re the kind of person who likes to check things off your bucket list, travel list, workout list you’re in luck. Venture Outdoors has lists, lists, and more lists!

    When I first started participating with Venture Outdoors, I went to every park and tried every activity. It was a great way to experience new places and try new things. Fortunately for you, things haven’t changed and if anything, they’ve improved! Venture Outdoors has accumulated lists and designed a multitude of outing options that can satiate your desire to check things off.

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  • Into Thin Air: A look into why the air surrounding us is so important

    April 5, 2016

    By: Lo Hutelmyer, Venture Outdoors Youth Program Manager and Brittney Aston, Venture Outdoors Trip Leader Specialist

    It is generally known that poor air quality can lead to serious health problems. That’s exactly why Venture Outdoors and Women for a Healthy Environment have teamed up. These organizations are working together to share their knowledge with students in a fun, interactive way at several after-school programs around the Pittsburgh area.

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    Air quality lessons are just a few of the regular outdoor programs that Venture Outdoors facilitates with its six after-school and school partners: Mt.

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Kayak Pittsburgh


Both Kayak Pittsburgh locations are now open weekends!

Please click here for more information and times.

Featured Outing


Canonsburg Lake Restoration Paddle

May 29, 2016, 

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Discover Canonsburg Lake and learn of the restoration work that is planned. We’ll paddle around the 76-acre Fish and Boat Commission lake with members of the Chartiers Creek Watershed Association. Guest speakers Canonsburg Lake Restoration and Improvement Committee and Chartiers Creek Watershed Association will talk about the lake’s history and the plans for its improvement. If you have your own kayak, please call the office to register for $10 at 412-255-0564 ext 0. Only solo boats are available for this outing. Minimum age is 12 years old.

Sign up here!