Our Mission
We believe everyone deserves the chance to experience how incredibly fun the outdoors can be, so we provide the gear, guidance and inspiration to make outdoor recreation part of people’s lives.


  • Not All Classrooms Have Four Wall

    October 25, 2016

    by Brittany Fagan; photos by Sami Caun

    During my four 29952240386_9fcd2b8bce_z years of education at Slippery Rock University I was introduced to the sport of stand up paddle boarding. For actual college credits, I was required to take a six week stand up paddle board course. With all of my friends extremely envious of my course work, I learned all the basics of paddle boarding and how to properly teach it to others.

    In the summer of 2016, I got to put my education to work! I was hired as a trip leader specialist for Venture Outdoors as well as a SUP instructor!

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  • Sea Kayaking in Skibbereen, Ireland

    October 18, 2016

    by Megan Stewart, former Supervisor at Kayak Pittsburgh

    We spent hours looking out of the bus windows at the dreary, rainy day. While this type of weather is normal
    img_6644in Ireland, we had been anxiously awaiting our Atlantic Sea Kayaking trip in Skibbereen, a small coastal town in Southern Ireland. The temperatures were low, and the rain continued all day. We were so nervous the trip would be cancelled. We finally arrived at our wonderful Airbnb just as the rain stopped. As we made some tea and dropped our bags, we started to notice the sun peeking out –

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  • An Interview with a Rock Climber

    October 11, 2016


    by Suni Lynn Lee,  pictures provided by Myra Aronson

    myra-interview-2When I met Myra Aronson at a Venture Outdoors rock climbing event, something in her demeanor and attitude impressed me. As I watched her successfully tackle the challenge of scaling a sheer rock cliff, an activity I was too timid to attempt, I felt inspired. But it wasn’t just that she faced down whatever fear she may have been feeling that inspired me. I was also deeply affected by the fact that as a woman in her 50’s she was doing what she loved and most wanted to do.

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  • Getting to Know Our Staff: Fifteen Questions with Sherry Buckham

    October 4, 2016


    As part of our series that shines a spotlight on the behind-the-scenes brain power that goes into planning your favorite programs, we present our staff blog that helps you learn about those who work inside so you can get outside.

    This week we’ll be interviewing Sherry Buckham, our Operations Administrator.


    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 in a small city called Clairton about 18 miles outside of the city of Pittsburgh.  

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  • Why College Students Should Get Outdoors

    September 27, 2016

    by Meg Taylor, Youth Programs Intern; photos by Sami Caun, Photography Intern


    29283304106_7be4df4389_oAs a student at the University of Pittsburgh, I live in what I would call “a concrete jungle”. I take the public bus wherever I need to go, live in an apartment where silence is never an option, and am constantly in city mode. With that said, I love Pittsburgh and everything it has to offer – which includes all the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors even within an urban environment.

    I am currently holding down classes,

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Kayak Pittsburgh


North Shore and North Park are open weekends only in October.

Aspinwall Riverfront Park is closed for the season.

Please click here for general information and times for all three locations.

Featured Outing

Pumpkin Pie


Holiday Pie Hike
Friday, November 25
1 – 4 PM

Looking to get a little fresh air after the holiday? Come join us for a great 4-5 mile hike through the local forests just before they go to sleep for the winter. After the hike we’ll finish up with pumpkin pie; apple pie; and a special pear-cranberry pie! Part of our Seasonal Desserts Series!