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.


  • Enjoying our soup reward

    December 1, 2015

    By: Trip Leader Sheila Stagnitta

    There are things I love about the days getting chillier. Soup hikes are one of them. The lore of a brisk hike through a park decked out in its winter finery with a steaming bowl of soup served when I finish it.  What’s not to love?16517897320_902c786749_z

    Let me take you along as I replay last January’s soup hike from memory. It was a crisp cold day. The snowy ground was bright white and crunchy. I headed to Frick Park to meet up with my group of hikers. The week before,

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  • Climbing to New Heights: A Venture Outdoors 2015 Portable Climbing Wall Synopsis

    November 24, 2015

    By: Brittney Aston, Trip Leader Specialist

    Brittney Aston has been a Trip Leader Specialist with Venture Outdoors since May 2015. She has led multiple custom outings, public outings, and has also assisted with the operation of the portable climbing wall. Read on to learn about her 2015 experiences.

    Imagine yourself clinging to the side of El Capitan, a 3,000-foot granite monolith in Yosemite National Park. You’re 50 feet from the ground and you have endless options on which route you could take to reach the next edge. Nervousness, excitement, and overall adrenaline fill you.

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  • Getting to Know Our Staff: 15 Questions with… Adriane Harrison!

    November 16, 2015

    We launched a new series on the Venture Outdoors Blog that spotlights our staff, starting with Youth Program Coordinator Lo Hutlmeyer. There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes brain power that goes into planning your favorite programs, be it public, family-friendly, or custom outings. Learn about those who work inside so you can get outside.

    This week we’ll be interviewing Adriane Harrison, our Human Resources Coordinator.Adriane

    1. Briefly tell us about your background: where did you grow up, where did you go to school, and what brought you to Venture Outdoors?

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  • 2015 Wilderness Risk Management Conference

    November 9, 2015

    By: Program Manager Liz Fager and Equipment and Facilities Manager Jim Smith

    Venture Outdoors prides itself on providing high quality outings that build on the knowledge and experience of staff and volunteers as well as its outdoor recreation partners. Its excellent track record is accomplished by keeping staff and volunteer leaders trained and up to date on the latest industry standards. This year Venture Outdoors’ Program Manager Liz Fager and Equipment and Facilities Manager Jim Smith attended the twenty second annual Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) in Portland, Oregon. The WRMC focuses on providing practical risk management skills,

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  • Kayak Pittsburgh 2015 Season In Review

    November 2, 2015

    By: The Kayak Pittsburgh Team8141807265_9b3dc289f3_b

    It’s hard to believe that we’re already closed for the season and that we’re starting to plan for 2016. The 2015 Kayak Pittsburgh season started off with a bang in May and then slowed due to all the rain we received in mid-June through mid-July (unsafe kayaking conditions which were up to 3x our maximum water flow rate – yes, that’s a lot of rain!). However, the rain didn’t last too long and as the summer months passed, we were delighted with the wonderful weather and sunny days. We were even able to send kayaks out on the water clear through the middle of October!

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Featured Outing


Polish Food Hike

Sunday, December 13, 2015
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This 4-mile hike around Harrison Hills Park is sure to give you an appetite for great food and more Venture Outdoors outings! After the hike, we’ll enjoy a delicious sampling of traditional Polish food.

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