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.


  • Myra’s Rock

    August 23, 2016

    by: Suni Lynn Lee

    #1 Rock Climbing Forbes State Forest 0217I’m not sure which was more intimidating, the view from the top, looking down, or the view from the bottom looking up! Either way I was secretly happy that I had decided not to accept our trip leader’s offer of allowing me to try my hand at climbing up the sheer rock wall. Knowing I was taking the coward’s way out and feeling a little sheepish about it, I reminded myself that I was there to photograph the event, not to participate in it.

    I had volunteered to photograph Venture Outdoors’ natural rock climbing event in Forbes State Forest.

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  • Volunteering with Venture Outdoors

    August 16, 2016


    By: Erica Ankney, Venture Outdoors Intern

    Why is volunteering important? Why is breathing important – because breathing is a fundamental human process that allows us to take oIMG_4130xygen from the atmosphere around us and adhere that oxygen to our red blood cells so that those red blood cells can deliver energy to our bodies. Like breathing is a vital human process so is volunteering a vital nonprofit process.


    I began volunteering the summer before my senior year in high school and continue to volunteer with multiple organizations still.

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  • Venturing: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

    August 9, 2016

    By: Philip Magistro

    A few weeks ago I was passing through Pittsburgh and stopped by the Venture Outdoors office to say hello and see what was happening in the office these days.  What a change from 15 years ago, when five of us occupied a space barely larger than the conference room!

    My name is Phil Magistro.  For a few years in the early 2000s I had the good fortune to help run the Pitt Outdoors Club just as the Western Pennsylvania Field Institute (now Venture Outdoors) got off the ground.

    Our two organizations forged a strong relationship,

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  • Paddling Off Into the Sunset: One Couple’s Anniversary Celebration

    August 2, 2016

    By: Cheyenne Knight, Kayak Pittsburgh Marketing Intern

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    When it was Vince Azzolina’s turn to plan an anniversary outing with his wife Marlise for their 12th anniversary, he turned toward the great outdoors.

    The couple has lived around Pittsburgh for two years and never embarked on a Venture Outdoors outing before, so Vince thought that a sunset paddle would be “a great way to experience the city from a much different perspective.” When we caught word of their anniversary plans, we knew we had to share their story.

    The couple is not new to outdoor excursions—Vince explained to us that one of their favorite adventures was during a vacation in Colorado.

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  • First Time for Old Things: An Intern’s Venture Outdoors

    July 26, 2016

    By: Emily Reiling, Venture Outdoors Intern

    WheEm BLOGn 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,

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Our North Park and North Shore locations are open 7 days a week, Aspinwall is open Thu – Sun.

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Featured Outing

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Kids Bird ID Hike

Sunday, September 25, 1 – 3 PM
Bring the kids on this family-friendly bird identification hike, led by one of our bird enthusiast volunteers! We’ll take an easy 2-3 mile hike throughout the winding trails of Schenley Park, while searching the trees and skies for a variety of common Southwestern PA birds.

Sign up here!