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.


  • Leaving No Trace

    February 20, 2018

    By: Sara Cardamone

    At the Annual Volunteer Meeting, I had the opportunity to attend the Leave No Trace breakout session. Led by Joel Johnston, the interactive gathering was focused on educating participants on what Leave No Trace is truly about. Here are some of the things that I learned!

    Leave No Trace was launched when attendance at parks started to increase, so much so that it was taking a toll on the environment. The mission of the organization is to “protect the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly”. This comes in the form of seven principles that one should keep in mind when enjoying the outdoors.

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  • Ever wish Valentine’s Day was in the Summer?

    February 13, 2018

    By: Stephanie Capilongo

    Ever wish Valentine’s Day was in the Summer? Where date ideas go beyond restaurants. You could go kayaking? Swimming? Hiking? Biking? Watch the sunset? Sounds great right? Unfortunately, living in Pittsburgh limits our outdoor creativity for Valentines Day. But what if I told you there is a solution where you can spend Valentine’s Day outdoors.

    Health Benefits

    Afraid of Pittsburgh winter? A few health benefits may well convince you it’s not “all that bad”. Winter activities boost your immune system; Therefore you and your partner are less likely to get sick,

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  • Getting to Know Our Staff: Fifteen Questions with… Billy Dixon

    February 6, 2018

    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 Billy Dixon, our Program Administrator.Billy Blog 2

    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?

    I grew up in Evans City, Pennsylvania just 40 minutes north of the city and went to school at the University of Pittsburgh. I got a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing.

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  • The Cowboy of Riverview Park, Moses Carper

    January 30, 2018

    By: Ashley Martin, Trip Leader Specialist


    Moses Carper was known by many as the “Cowboy of Riverview Park” but he was so much more. His signature cowboy hat, boots and chaps were unforgettable, but his passion to better his community and the people around him is what made him a legend. He was a selfless, caring, and passionate person who truly cared about bettering the lives of those around him. Moses was the founder of the nonprofit known as Children Youth (ChiYou) Corral in the Northside. ChiYou Corral provides inner-city kids with opportunities to experience a more rural lifestyle and encourages stewardship through equestrian activities.

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  • Why Do You Volunteer?

    January 23, 2018

    By: Sara Cardamone

    Whether Trip Leaders, interns, or event volunteers, we have many dedicated individuals working alongside us. We appreciate all of our volunteers and we couldn’t do it without them!

    For today’s blog, we asked the question, “Why do you volunteer with Venture Outdoors?”. Here are some of their answers:

    “Why do I volunteer for Venture Outdoors? Mostly for my eight-year-old daughter. I want Mollie to know that women can be bold and adventurous and just as cool and daring as men. We can hike and kayak and swim and geocache.

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Sunset Paddle

Thank you for another great season!
We’ll see you on the water in 2018!


Featured Outing

North Side Evening Stroll
Wednesday, February 28
6:30 – 8:30 PM

Join us for an easy 2-3 mile evening stroll through Pittsburgh’s North Side neighborhood. We’ll explore the rich history of the area as we stroll through charming residential streets, past eclectic shops and the peaceful tranquility of our local parks.