Behind the Scenes: Meet Grace

This week we’re happy to introduce another valuable member of our intern team, Grace Groeger! Grace is a senior at Slippery Rock University majoring in Public Relations.

Grace Groeger1. What are you currently up to outside of Venture Outdoors? 

Outside of Venture Outdoors, I’m currently on the big girl job hunt. It’s a scary place out there, but being able to see all the possibilities is so eye opening. Besides that I am preparing myself for a snowy winter to get out and snowboard.  

2. What brought you to Venture Outdoors? 

I came across Venture Outdoors just trolling through Indeed one day. I looked up the organization, saw what they do, it was like “that’s something I need to become a part of. “ 

3. What is your favorite thing about interning at Venture Outdoors?  

My favorite thing about interning at Venture Outdoors is that I have an amazing advisor! Jess is amazing at giving me advice and guidance to help me grow as a communication professional.  

4. Top 3 favorite outdoor activities? 

My top three favorite outdoor activities would be: 1) visiting national parks. I have made it a life-long goal to visit every national park around the world before I die. So far I’m off to a pretty good start. 2) I love to go and be by the water. Growing up by the beach has made me have a huge appreciation for the water. 3) If you haven’t caught on by now, I love to snowboard. For someone who hates being cold as much as I do, there is just something about being on the mountain that gets my blood rushing.

5. Top 3 things we wouldn’t know about you by looking at you? 

This is a hard one because most people say I’m an open book. I guess I would start with: 1) I hate wearing shoes. If it was acceptable to go through life in just some super fluffy socks I would be so happy. 2) I love condiments. I know it’s strange but if you open up my refrigerator it is filled to the brim with all sorts of condiments.  3) Lastly, I love down time. Most people who know me don’t know how I even have time to sleep since I’m always on the go. But every time I have a second to myself I make sure I appreciate it all. 

Grace Blog 36. Top adventure of your life thus far? 

The top adventure of my life so far has to be when I went camping in Arcadia National Park this past summer. It was amazing to actually be outside roughing it in a tent and then going on amazing adventures every day.  

7. One person, dead or alive, you’d like to take on a Venture Outdoors outing– and specify what kind! 

One person I would love to take on a Venture Outdoors outing is my Mom. We don’t get to spend a lot of time together because we are always so busy, but I feel like an outing would give us some time to relax and spend time together. I think I would take her on a fishing outing because it was something that my Dad would try and drag us out to do with him all the time, so it would bring back so many happy memories.  

8. Describe your role at Venture Outdoors in 10 words or less. 

I show you guys, our followers, all the amazing things going on at Venture Outdoors.  

9. What is the craziest thing you have done? 

One of the craziest things I have done so far is cliff jumping when I was at Yosemite National Park.  

Grace Blog 210. What are your top 3 favorite things to do in Pittsburgh? 

My top three favorite things to do in Pittsburgh are: 1) To explore new restaurants. I can never turn down the opportunity to try new food. 2) I also love to ride all the bike trails. You would never think that there so many different types in Pittsburgh until you just get out there and go. 3) Lastly, I love to just walk around and discover new things. Most people are always in a rush in the city, but when you take the time to just explore you find so many hidden gems.  

11. What is your favorite forest/camping snack? 

My favorite camping snack has to be trail mix. But it has to have chocolate and granola in it!  

12. Favorite campfire music? 

 I’m not much of a music person, I know it’s crazy, so my favorite campfire music isn’t really one song in particular but I really enjoy when someone breaks out their guitar and just starts playing whatever.  

 

 

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OUTDOOR News

  • Getting To Know Our Staff: 12 Questions with Ian Brown

    December 12, 2017

    There’s a lot of behind the scenes work that goes into planning your favorite outdoor adventures! Our staff questionnaire series allows you to learn about those who work inside to get you outside.This week we’ve interviewed Ian Brown, our new Program Director.

    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? 

    Ian Brown Blog 1I grew up in Chillicothe, Ohio, located in the foothills of Southern Ohio. For those who don’t know, Chillicothe is home to the outdoor drama Tecumseh and was Ohio’s First Capital.  

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  • Expanding Your “Nature Zone”

    December 5, 2017

    By: Amy Camp
    Increasing your comfort levels in the great outdoors

    Life and career coaches, myself included, often work with their clients to recognize and expand their “comfort zones.” Imagine a comfort zone as being a small circle of activities and situations in which you feel safe or comfortable. It’s like a cozy little bubble that can be hard to step beyond. Our comfort zones can be expanded, however, and our lives will be enriched when we challenge ourselves to step out.

    Just beyond the comfort zone is another, larger circle – the “learning zone.” And beyond that is the “danger zone.” (And who wants to go there?

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  • Behind the Scenes: Meet Grace

    November 28, 2017

    This week we’re happy to introduce another valuable member of our intern team, Grace Groeger! Grace is a senior at Slippery Rock University majoring in Public Relations.

    Grace Groeger1. What are you currently up to outside of Venture Outdoors? 

    Outside of Venture Outdoors, I’m currently on the big girl job hunt. It’s a scary place out there, but being able to see all the possibilities is so eye opening. Besides that I am preparing myself for a snowy winter to get out and snowboard.  

    2. What brought you to Venture Outdoors? 

    I came across Venture Outdoors just trolling through Indeed one day.

     » Read more about: Behind the Scenes: Meet Grace  »

  • In The Spirit of Thanksgiving

    November 21, 2017

     

    If you follow us on social media, you know that we’ve been participating in a #30DaysOfGratitude challenge. Every day for the last 21 days, we’ve posted about something or someone that we’re grateful for. What we’ve learned over these three weeks is that we would need an #InfiniteDaysOfGratitude challenge to showcase all that Venture Outdoors is thankful for.

    In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we’re continuing with our #30DaysOfGratitude by sharing what the Venture Outdoors staff is grateful for today.

     

    Sherry and Granddaughter

     

    “I’m thankful for this little baby doll right here.

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  • Lakeside and Treetops

    November 14, 2017

    By: Chrissy Ludwikowski

    As the days become shorter (and the work days seemingly longer), it can be hard for families to make time to be together, and one’s mind doesn’t normally put colder days hand-in-hand with outdoor activities. Fortunately, we live in a city that has opportunities available year-round to invoke our sense of adventure, even during our daily grind (and don’t worry, these adventures will get your blood pumping to keep you mighty warm)!

    Thanks to Venture Outdoors and Kayak Pittsburgh, my family has adopted a love for everything that the outdoors has to offer,

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