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.


  • Outing recap: Bird Count Walk

    March 2, 2015

    16347360029_ae9b2c7f60_zBy David Bennett, Volunteer Trip Leader

    What a wonderful Valentine’s Day morning!  Nine Venture Outdoors
    participants joined me on a cold Saturday for a 2 hour Bird Count Walk
    on Mount Washington.   We were accompanied by a very talented crew of
    bird experts/enthusiasts:   Eva Simms is an avid bird watcher and is
    quite familiar with the birds and trails in Mount Washington; Judith
    Koch is the Park Manager at Emerald View Park and an
    ecologist/environmental educator; and Joseph Reznik is a talented

    We gathered at Café Cravings on Bigham St,

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  • Love Blooms While Venturing Outdoors

    February 12, 2015

    Linn Runn State Park (12-27-14)Karen Bondi and Bill Hicks got more than they bargained for when they signed up for a Venture Outdoors hike at Raccoon Creek State Park back in the fall of 2013. The couple recently returned to the site where they first met to create a new memory – getting engaged.

    Bill has been a long time member of Venture Outdoors, having first joined when he retired from Westinghouse. He wanted to spend his retirement staying active and enjoying the outdoors. He first met Karen as they waited for the outing to begin and came over to speak with her.

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  • Owl Prowling

    February 3, 2015

    — David Bennett, Volunteer Trip Leader

    A few years ago, I was leading a hike in Riverview Park with PTAG Trail Steward, Sean Brady.  We were heading up toward Snyder’s Point from Violet Lane, when Sean stopped to make an owl call.  To our surprise we heard the reply, “Who cooks for you?” It was the classic call of a Barred Owl.

    Both Sean and I have lived next to Riverview Park for years, so the revelation that there were large owls living in the park captured our imaginations.  I contacted Bob Mulvihill at the National Aviary about the possibility of leading an owl trip in Riverview,

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  • Winter Members Day!

    January 21, 2015

    WinterSmoresSunday, February 15, 2015 1pm-4pm
    North Park Rose Barn – Pearce Mill Road, Allison Park, PA

    FREE for Venture Outdoors Members and one guest!

    Don’t bother turning up the heat; meet us outside where the fire is warm and the flurries are falling! Join us on Sunday, February 15th for our 2015 Winter Members Day Celebration. We are staying a little closer to home and will be enjoying the flurries at North Park this year. As always there will be great outdoors activities to enjoy in the company of your fellow outdoor enthusiasts. If there is snow on the ground we will be snowshoeing and making snow-creatures.

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  • Fall Photography Walk Highlights

    November 6, 2014

    Our October Member Outing was a special one! Volunteer Trip Leaders David Bennett and Alison Pochapin led an enthusiastic group of photography novices into Moraine State Park. The results were amazing and we’re happy to share with you a few of their shots!

    Interested in nature photography as well? Here are a few tips and tricks.

    • Consider where is your light source coming from. Allison reviewed Front,
      Side and Back Lighting as possible options for achieving the effect
      you want.
    • Don’t settle for a single shot, you can learn more by taking lots
      of pictures and reviewing them later.

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Featured Outing


Urban Fitness Hike Series

Exercise doesn’t have to be dull! This winter, come outside and play with Venture Outdoors.