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By: Emily Reiling, Venture Outdoors Intern
When I became a summer intern for Venture Outdoors, I realized that I had very little experience with the activities offered outside of the occasional kayaking adventure on the North Shore. That view of the city from the water is unbeatable, but I needed to learn more about the region’s opportunities to get outdoors from the perspective of a typical Venture Outdoors’ member.
After a quick look at the upcoming activities, I found myself registered for a hike in Hartwood Acres. I had my reservations—organized outings are great for someone newer to the area or activity,
By: Suni Lee
When I tell people that I am from Arizona, often the response I get is, “Why in the world would anyone from Arizona want to live in Pittsburgh?!”
My answer to that question is easy: I love Pittsburgh. I do, however, understand their confusion as both the wilderness areas and the winter weather in Arizona are truly beautiful. I would be lying if I said I don’t miss the rugged mountains and wide open spaces of my Arizona home. As for the weather – perhaps because I grew up on the fringes of the hot,
By: Erica Ankney, Communications and Marketing Intern
We launched a new regular series on the Venture Outdoors Blog that spotlights our staff. 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 Joey-Linn, our Executive Director.
- 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 right here in Pittsburgh,
By: Joe Walko
Venture Outdoors has always been an organization dedicated to connecting everyone to the benefits of outdoor recreation in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Nobody is better at providing unique ways to enjoy the outdoors. 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. We pride ourselves on coming up with unique outdoor experiences in unique locations with unique people.
So here’s an activity you may not have heard of – pack rafting.
By: Jake Very
Eric Steinbring is an avid rails-to-trails bicyclist who lives in Johnstown. He has been a member of Venture Outdoors for four years and has served as a leader biking, hiking, snowshoeing, and dog-friendly programs.
Eric is very familiar with area rail trails including the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, Panhandle Trail, and the Great Allegheny Passage. He also frequents trails near his home including the Ghost Town Trail, West Penn Trail, Lower Trail and is a six-time veteran of self-contained rides to Washington D.C. on the C&O Canal Towpath.
North Shore and North Park are open 7 days/week. Aspinwall Riverfront Park is open Thu – Sun.
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