Women On the Water: My first adventure with Venture Outdoors

By: Grace Groeger, Communications Intern


I decided to hit the ground running and just dove into any program with an opening my first week with Venture Outdoors. I started scrolling through the activities calendar and saw an opening for Women on the Water (WOW), and I thought to myself, that’s the one I’m doing. I couldn’t be more excited about signing up for my first program; my friends were sick of me already for bragging about how awesome my internship is only a week in.

There I was bright and early down in Pittsburgh on the home opener for the Steelers trying to find parking. Never being to the Kayak Pittsburgh North Shore location before I was in awe by all the gorgeous equipment as soon as I walked in. The Trip

Leaders quickly said hi to me as I had the look of ‘this is my first time here on my face.’ We checked me, sized me up with a paddle and PDF and off to the group dry lesson I was.

There we all were getting a nice crash course on how to kayak. We went around the group introducing ourselves and talking about the last times we were on the water kayaking. It was nice to find out that I was surrounded by women of all ages and all different levels of kayaking experience.

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Our Trip Leaders showed us to our kayaks and to the water we went. Once on the water other women came right up to me and made me feel so welcomed on this trip. I was curious to how Women on the Water started and how they all knew each other. The Trip Leaders informed me that WOW was started to give women the opportunity to get out and not feel judged or inferior when on the water kayaking or paddle boarding. As well, it gives women an opportunity to meet other women that love to be outside doing things in nature. And that is exactly how they all got to know each other. One woman came and brought her friend and another brought herself and a friend and quickly everyone intermingled.

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In between chitchat, our Leader broke up the paddle by telling us some amazing history or fun facts about the river and its surroundings while we paddled. After hitting our turnaround point we stopped and grabbed boats, sharing a delicious snack one of the Leaders brought.

It was amazing to be out doing something I love with women that love the outdoors as much as I do. It just goes to show that the outdoors can do so many beautiful things like bring people together. I hope to try and reach more women my age to get out and leave their boyfriends at home and have fun. But over all I would recommend WOW to anyone of my girlfriends. I can’t wait to get out again and see these ladies in Women in Nature.

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Our last Women on the Water of 2017 is on Sunday, October 15 – register today!

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  • 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.  

     » Read more about: Getting To Know Our Staff: 12 Questions with Ian Brown  »

  • 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?

     » Read more about: Expanding Your “Nature Zone”  »

  • 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,

     » Read more about: Lakeside and Treetops  »

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


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