Tyke Hikes

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Come outside and play with us at Tyke Hikes! Tyke Hikes are guided walks through local parks on stroller-friendly trails, and are designed for children 0-8. Each Tyke Hike has a nature-based theme and will teach both the children and the caregivers something about the outdoors. The kids will pick up sticks, look for bugs, and touch trees and flowers. After all that fun stuff, each child will enjoy a healthy snack and make a craft to take home. Because all children must be accompanied by a caregiver during Tyke Hikes, they are great opportunities to be outside with children and grandchildren, and are perfect activities for babysitters and nannies to do with the kids. Tyke Hikes are great way to introduce children to nature and to make new friends along the way.

In addition, Tyke Hike kids get a jump start on environmental awareness and begin to develop a love of the outdoors that can help keep them happy and healthy. Engaging in outdoor activity has been linked to success in school through better concentration as well as a greater sense of well-being and the ability to cope. And, because there are no winners or losers in Tyke Hikes, these programs help kids develop self-confidence.

This year’s Tyke Hike locations and themes (all Tyke Hikes are from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM):

TH Schedule (updated Jul 2015)

Register for a Tyke Hike by using the Activity Calendar, or call us at 412-255-0564. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, although walk-ups are welcome. If an outing does not have enough pre-registered participants, there is a chance it may be cancelled.

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  • Getting to Know Our Staff: 15 Questions with… Lo Hutelmyer!

    October 9, 2015

    We are launching a regular new series on the Venture Outdoors Blog that spotlights our staff. There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes brain power that goes into planning your favorite programs, be it public, family-friendly or custom. Learn about those who work inside so you can get outside.

    This week we’ll be getting to know Lo Hutelmyer, our Youth Program Coordinator.

    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 Philadelphia, went to business school at Penn State and then taught middle schoolers in the south (South Carolina and Texas) for four years.

     » Read more about: Getting to Know Our Staff: 15 Questions with… Lo Hutelmyer!  »

  • Why I am a Venture Outdoors Trip Leader

    October 2, 2015

    By: Mary Lynn Marsico, Venture Outdoors Volunteer Trip Leader

    First let me introduce myself. My name is Mary Lynn and I have been a Venture Outdoors Volunteer Trip Leader for almost six years. When I was first introduced to Venture Outdoors by a friend I began hiking, biking and kayaking with the organization. It was a whole new world out there that promoted a healthier lifestyle and a better appreciation of the environment! Before I knew it, I was tagging along as an Assistant Trip Leader. This was the perfect time in my life to dedicate my time as a Trip Leader.

     » Read more about: Why I am a Venture Outdoors Trip Leader  »

  • David Bennett, our Outstanding Volunteer

    September 23, 2015

    By: Lora Woodward, Program Director


    Congratulations to Venture Outdoors Volunteer Trip Leader David Bennett who was recognized recently by the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation (MWCDC) as an Outstanding Volunteer! Venture Outdoors has been partnering with MWCDC for approximately seven years showcasing the evolution of Pittsburgh’s fifth regional city park, Emerald View Park, through outdoor recreation.

    As MWCDC Park Development and Conservation Director, Kathryn Hunninen, describes it, “Emerald View Park is 257 acres of historic park spaces, a state scenic byway, and forests stretching from Allentown in the east and wrapping around Mount Washington and Duquesne Heights.

     » Read more about: David Bennett, our Outstanding Volunteer  »

  • Making it easy to value the outdoors

    September 21, 2015

    This blog entry is by Annika Zwirn, a former intern and staff member with Venture Outdoors. After her internship ended in the spring of 2014, she wrote a beautiful 11-page reflection on her experience. Today we bring you some highlights of that essay, including Annika’s own journey in rediscovering the outdoor beauty of Pittsburgh. She now works as a Trip Coordinator at Bike the GAP and is a staff member at The Wheel Mill.Annika

    To me, Venture Outdoors marks a transition in the Pittsburgh region away from a history of pollution and industry and toward green initiatives and an emphasis on its many outdoor amenities.

     » Read more about: Making it easy to value the outdoors  »

  • Counting down to the TriAnglers Celebration

    September 15, 2015

    By: Danielle Levsky, Communications and Media Coordinator

    On Wednesday, September 30 from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, Venture Outdoors will be hosting a celebration to commemorate another year of fishing with our favorite weekly, lunchtime fishing group – TriAnglers! We’ll be having potluck style snacks, singer-songwriter performances from the Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle, an appearance by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s John Hayes and, of course, fishing!

    To prepare for this upcoming celebration, today’s blog will feature interviews with TriAnglers, information on a new freshwater fishing class, and details on John Hayes’ Friday Fish Report in the Post-Gazette.

     » Read more about: Counting down to the TriAnglers Celebration  »

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Wilderness First Aid

November 7 – November 8, 2015

This 16-hour course in Wilderness First Aid is taught by the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS. The interactive course is designed to provide outdoor enthusiasts, guides and rangers with an introduction to First Aid and patient care in remote settings.

Sign up here!