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.

OUTDOOR News

  • Meet The Intern: Lily Engro, Program Intern!

    February 2, 2016

    In an effort to introduce the Venture Outdoors crew that works inside to get you outside, we have a new regular series on the Venture Outdoors Blog that spotlights our interns!

    This week we’ll be interviewing Lily Engro, one of our Program Interns.

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    1. What are you currently up to outside of Venture Outdoors?
      With my internship here, I’ll complete my bachelor’s degree in Sport and Recreation Administration from Edinboro University and graduate in May. I also just started working at the PNC YMCA where I lifeguard and teach swim lessons.

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  • Getting to Know Our Staff: 15 Questions with… Jake Very!

    January 26, 2016

    It’s that time again! We’ve 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 Jake Very, our Custom Program Coordinator.

    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?                  Jacob Very
      I grew up in Greensburg,

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  • Come One, Come All, Venture Outdoors Trip Leaders!

    January 19, 2016

    By: Nancy Latimer, Volunteer Trip Leader, Trip Leader Council

    It’s that time of year again, the time for 2015 retrospectives and 2016 resolutions. Venture Outdoors is no different. The Annual Leadership Meeting is out with the old and in with the new, and we want YOU! All trip leaders are invited to join us as we review 2015 and resolve for 2016. Here’s what you can expect at the Annual Leadership Meeting, and why we need you!10959440_10153088965878134_6790329968318880374_n

    Just like any good Venture Outdoors event, this meeting is not all business. We’ll start with some quality time reconnecting with each other and meeting new trip leaders.

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  • The smell of pine, the taste of Pino’s

    January 12, 2016

    By: Sheila Stagnitta, Volunteer Trip Leader

    Hmmm. It’s January. The holidays are way behind me. What to do now? Cocoon in the corner of the couch?  No, winter or not, I want some fresh air. Need to move around. And see some people. Check out the Venture Outdoors schedule – there’s a hike followed by a wine tasting on Jan 23.  I’m in! I did one of these last fall and it was great! We hiked into Frick Park for a couple hours, at a pace that was just right – made me work some to get the blood moving but didn’t kill me.

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  • Top Western PA Snowshoeing Hot Spots!

    January 5, 2016

    By: Billy Dixon, Communications Intern

    Did you know that snowshoeing has become one of the fastest growing winter sports in the world? It’s no wonder.  It’s easy to learn, inexpensive, poses little risk of injury, and it’s a fantastic workout (burning more than 600 calories per hour)! So strap on your snowshoes and get out to explore some fresh powder and snow-covered trees this winter at the following western Pennsylvania locations. We’ve ordered these spots by their proximity to Pittsburgh.snowshoe pa 2

    Raccoon Creek State Park (32mi) Most trails are open to snowshoeing and cross-country skiing;

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Banff Mountain Film Festival is coming up!

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Get ready for the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour being presented in Pittsburgh on Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3, 2016 at Carnegie Library and Musical Hall of Homestead.

Stay tuned for lineup announcements!

Featured Outing

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North Park Brunch Hike

Sunday, February 28th, 2016
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Get in a workout before a meal as we hike 4-5 miles around North Park. Mid-hike we’ll stop at a shelter and enjoy a lite-brunch of delicious delicacies before finishing our route.

Sign up here!