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.


  • Adaptive Paddling Workshop

    July 30, 2015


    Hi, my name is Mike Adams. Four days of a physical and emotional roller coaster ride, and I’ve safely landed a new person.  Please allow me to walk you (or paddle you) through the process of change that occurred over the Four-Day ACA Adaptive Paddling Workshop hosted by Venture Outdoors in conjunction with Dynamic Paddlers.

    Rewind to the day before the class; as the Senior Site Supervisor of Kayak Pittsburgh I had a lot of expectations to live up to.

    Day 1 was all classroom.  We spent most of the day learning the core concepts of adaptive paddling. 

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  • Professional Adventurists – Our Trip Leader Specialists

    July 13, 2015

    By: Iris Bejgrowicz, Trip Leader Specialist

    A few weeks ago, we were introduced to the first batch of our trip leader specialists. Now, it is time to introduce the remaining three! Say hello to the rest of the Summer 2015 Trip Leader Specialist team:

    Alex KeimAlex Keim

    From the land of ice and lake effect snow (Erie), Alex has joined the team after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Communications. Our mission of getting everyone outdoors is one that Alex believes in, and can have fun with too. Alex has been leading and assisting trips in kayaking,

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  • Pittsburgh from the Seat of a Bicycle

    July 8, 2015


    By: Kathi Radock, Membership Director

    Venture Outdoors recently had the pleasure of hosting travel writer and photographer, Joe Baur, for an urban bike tour of some of the many fantastic views of our city.

    Led by longtime Venture Outdoors Trip Leader Jen Brown, their route included stops along the South Side and Hot Metal Bridge, Allegheny Commons, Three Rivers Regatta, Roberto Clemente Bridge and the Monongahela Incline and Mt. Washington.

    Pittsburgh-Fireworks-JoeBaurPlease visit Joe’s website for more photos of his day spent with Venture Outdoors and his reflections on his trip.

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  • Professional Adventurists – Our Trip Leader Specialists

    June 29, 2015

    As we are well into our 2015 summer season, many members of Venture Outdoors may have already seen some our new Trip Leader Specialists out and about whether they’ve been leading trips, baiting hooks at TriAnglers, or at some of our Free Member Social Outings, like July’s Free Family Fishing Derby outing! All of our Trip Leader Specialists are multi-talented and bring unique perspectives to our organization. If you haven’t had a chance to meet in person yet, allow us to introduce you to a few of our new staff members.

    TLS of the Month: Eric Schnitter

    EricJune’s TLS of the month is recognized for his hard work and willingness to jump into programs in a pinch.

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  • We’re #1! PA’s Rails to Trails System

    June 22, 2015

    by: Jacob Very, Program Administrator

    RailsMany of us are familiar with the rails to trails system in our area; the most notable being the Great Allegheny Passage that stretches from our fair city of Pittsburgh to Washington D.C. to complete a 335 mile bike path. Did you know that Pennsylvania actually has the most Rails-to-Trails in the entire country? With an astonishing 170 trails already established (and more in process), PA is a whopping 52 trails ahead of the second-place state – Michigan with 118.

    All 50 states have some kind of Rails-to-Trails presence. Originally,

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Featured Outing


Ghost Town Trail Extension Ride

Pedal 26 miles round-trip on the Ghost Town Trail Extension between Blacklick and Dilltown. This rail-to-trail is known for passing through many ghost towns that were abandoned during the decline of the local coal mining industry.