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About Us

We're a local non-profit organization working to make it easy for you to get outside. We offer over 500 Public Programs a year including kayaking, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, fly fishing, cross country skiing, and geocaching trips. We have activities for all ages and skill levels, and travel to local, city, county and state parks around the region. See all of our upcoming Public Programs by visiting our Activities Calendar.

Have you seen the yellow kayaks on the rivers of Downtown Pittsburgh? Yep, that's us too! We own and operate two social enterprises: Kayak Pittsburgh and Climb Pittsburgh. Kayak Pittsburgh is a kayak rental concession open May through October on the waters of Downtown Pittsburgh, and Climb Pittsburgh is our portable climbing wall service.

We also offer a variety of private Group and Youth Programs. We can help you get your youth group, employees or scout troop outside in a fun and social setting.

It's hard to imagine, but this is just the tip of the iceberg, we also host several large events each year including the Venture Outdoors Festival and Banff Mountain Film Festival.

Mission

Connecting people to the outdoors... 

Venture Outdoors is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting people in the Pittsburgh region with the outdoors by providing affordable and accessible outdoor recreation and education opportunities to everyone, regardless of socio-economic status, heritage, skill level or physical capability. In doing so, Venture Outdoors promotes the Pittsburgh region’s unique natural amenities, highlights the excellent quality of life, fosters a greater appreciation for the environment, and inspires an active lifestyle.


Connect with Us

With so many activities and events, there's always something going on. Stay up to date by following us on Facebook, Twitter or by reading our Blog. This is the easiest way to get the latest information and share your stories, photos and thoughts!


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