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.


  • Why I am a Venture Outdoors Trip Leader

    October 2, 2015

    By: Mary Lynn Marsico, Venture Outdoors Volunteer Trip Leader

    First let me introduce myself. My name is Mary Lynn and I have been a Venture Outdoors Volunteer Trip Leader for almost six years. When I was first introduced to Venture Outdoors by a friend I began hiking, biking and kayaking with the organization. It was a whole new world out there that promoted a healthier lifestyle and a better appreciation of the environment! Before I knew it, I was tagging along as an Assistant Trip Leader. This was the perfect time in my life to dedicate my time as a Trip Leader.

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  • David Bennett, our Outstanding Volunteer

    September 23, 2015

    By: Lora Woodward, Program Director


    Congratulations to Venture Outdoors Volunteer Trip Leader David Bennett who was recognized recently by the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation (MWCDC) as an Outstanding Volunteer! Venture Outdoors has been partnering with MWCDC for approximately seven years showcasing the evolution of Pittsburgh’s fifth regional city park, Emerald View Park, through outdoor recreation.

    As MWCDC Park Development and Conservation Director, Kathryn Hunninen, describes it, “Emerald View Park is 257 acres of historic park spaces, a state scenic byway, and forests stretching from Allentown in the east and wrapping around Mount Washington and Duquesne Heights.

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  • Making it easy to value the outdoors

    September 21, 2015

    This blog entry is by Annika Zwirn, a former intern and staff member with Venture Outdoors. After her internship ended in the spring of 2014, she wrote a beautiful 11-page reflection on her experience. Today we bring you some highlights of that essay, including Annika’s own journey in rediscovering the outdoor beauty of Pittsburgh. She now works as a Trip Coordinator at Bike the GAP and is a staff member at The Wheel Mill.Annika

    To me, Venture Outdoors marks a transition in the Pittsburgh region away from a history of pollution and industry and toward green initiatives and an emphasis on its many outdoor amenities.

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  • Counting down to the TriAnglers Celebration

    September 15, 2015

    By: Danielle Levsky, Communications and Media Coordinator

    On Wednesday, September 30 from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, Venture Outdoors will be hosting a celebration to commemorate another year of fishing with our favorite weekly, lunchtime fishing group – TriAnglers! We’ll be having potluck style snacks, singer-songwriter performances from the Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle, an appearance by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s John Hayes and, of course, fishing!

    To prepare for this upcoming celebration, today’s blog will feature interviews with TriAnglers, information on a new freshwater fishing class, and details on John Hayes’ Friday Fish Report in the Post-Gazette.

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  • A Pittsburgh adventure at Venture Outdoors

    September 3, 2015

    By: Danielle Levsky, new Communications and Media Coordinator

    My move to Pittsburgh has been an adventure. I was offered the Communications and Media Coordinator position at Venture Outdoors at the start of August, and soon as I accepted, the gears started turning (and have not stopped since).

    This isn’t my first rodeo with Pittsburgh. I spent my undergraduate years studying English and French at the University of Pittsburgh, getting to know the ins and outs of the city’s neighborhoods and surrounding parks. Even after I returned to Chicago, I longed to come back to Pittsburgh, the east coast’s treasure trove of cityscape and natural wonder.

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Featured Outing


Wilderness First Aid

November 7 – November 8, 2015

This 16-hour course in Wilderness First Aid is taught by the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS. The interactive course is designed to provide outdoor enthusiasts, guides and rangers with an introduction to First Aid and patient care in remote settings.

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