Lakeside and Treetops

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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Women In Nature

By: Sheila Stagnitta

Women In Nature Hike

Women in Nature (WIN) hikes are by women for women – all the leaders and participants come together and bond as only women can. The October WIN hike started off with a bit of adventure – the road to the starting point was closed for a charity run. Just by luck, three of the leaders arrived at the same time. Quick change to the plan – Sara started calling everyone to give them a nearby meeting point. Pauline stood at the corner before the closed road to flag down our participants. I walked to the meeting location and rounded up three people who were already there.

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Searching For Fall – Photos by Nanci Goldberg

The start of fall this year was less colorful (and much warmer) than usual. Earlier last month Volunteer Trip Leader, Nanci Goldberg, drove up to Linn Run State Park in search of SOMETHING that looked and felt like fall. Below are some images Nanci would love to share with Venture Outdoors blog readers in the hopes that this makes everyone’s fall a little more colorful!

 

Fall Photo 1 - Nanci GoldbergFall Photos 2 - Nanci GoldbergFall Photos 3 - Nanci GoldbergFall Photos 4 - Nanci Goldberg

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Hiking Toward A Haunting: Ghost Hunting

By: Ken Sikora

H.P. Lovecraft once said, “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown”. Have you ever been alone in a quiet room and heard someone whisper your name? Maybe you were on a late-night walk through the woods, you see what could be a human-like figure standing still, looking back at you.  It’s probably nothing you tell yourself. Then it moves. Perhaps your mind is just playing tricks on you, or maybe these are experiences of the paranormal.

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HOW TO GET YOUR FURRY CANINE HIKING READY

Dog Hike

By: Samantha Sektnan

If you are an outdoor enthusiast and dog owner like myself, then you too may have considered ways to include your furry canine in your outdoor activities. A hiking trip is a great way to get some exercise, explore the world around us, and bond with your dog too. In order to bring your dog on a hiking or backpacking trip, here is a guide on everything that you need to bring and complete in order to prepare your dog for the trip.

It is important that your dog has proper obedience training in order to handle the possibility of seeing other people and animals on the trip and to follow your commands and stay with you if you are able and willing to let your dog off-leash.

 » Read more about: HOW TO GET YOUR FURRY CANINE HIKING READY  »

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Why You Should Take a Vacation in Nature and Go Camping:

By: Grace Groeger

Spending time in nature can do numerous things for you. It can restore your mental energy and health, it can help relieve your stress, it can improve your concentration, and it can boost your immune system. Today the drive to go outdoors is becoming “cool” again. Along with that, more and more people are choosing to go on vacations to spend time in nature. If you don’t totally agree with this let me help persuade you.

1. They are affordable…

Taking a vacation in nature is a wallet’s best friend. Just think about it.

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Getting to Know Our Staff: 15 Questions with… Karen Wood

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 Karen Wood, our shared Chief Financial Officer.

Karen Wood 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 Norfolk and Virginia Beach, VA. After college (at William & Mary in Williamsburg), I moved to Eugene, Oregon in the mid 80s where I started my first accounting job and became active in various environmental causes.

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Women On the Water: My first adventure with Venture Outdoors

By: Grace Groeger, Communications Intern

Kayak

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.

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Put-in-Bay, An Island Getaway in your Back Yard

By: Jacob Tumminello

Put-in-Bay is a small village located on South Bass Island just north of Sandusky, Ohio. The town was constructed in 1830 and originally named for only the bay in Lake Erie. Although the name may imply a man-made creation, the islands were naturally created by the geographic evolution of the earth. I had the privilege of exploring this strange little island getaway on a trip with my family and was surprised by how much there is to do in such a condensed place.

Sunset Put In Bay

After stepping off the ferry that took us from Sandusky to the island,

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MY FIRST PROGRAM EXPERIENCE WITH VENTURE OUTDOORS

Summer Tree ID

By: Samantha Sektnan, Communications Intern

Attending the “Summer Tree ID” program was a great way to start off being a part of the Venture Outdoors community. Taking an easy stroll in Frick Park as we learned tips and tricks to identify the trees around us was something I never imagined myself doing before joining this organization, but I am definitely glad I did it. As someone with literally had zero knowledge on how to identify trees, local ecologist Henry Schumacher – who led the trip – had a lot of work on his hands in order to teach me the basics..

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OUTDOOR News

  • 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  »

  • Women In Nature

    November 7, 2017

    By: Sheila Stagnitta

    Women In Nature Hike

    Women in Nature (WIN) hikes are by women for women – all the leaders and participants come together and bond as only women can. The October WIN hike started off with a bit of adventure – the road to the starting point was closed for a charity run. Just by luck, three of the leaders arrived at the same time. Quick change to the plan – Sara started calling everyone to give them a nearby meeting point. Pauline stood at the corner before the closed road to flag down our participants. I walked to the meeting location and rounded up three people who were already there.

     » Read more about: Women In Nature  »

  • Searching For Fall – Photos by Nanci Goldberg

    November 1, 2017

    The start of fall this year was less colorful (and much warmer) than usual. Earlier last month Volunteer Trip Leader, Nanci Goldberg, drove up to Linn Run State Park in search of SOMETHING that looked and felt like fall. Below are some images Nanci would love to share with Venture Outdoors blog readers in the hopes that this makes everyone’s fall a little more colorful!

     

    Fall Photo 1 - Nanci GoldbergFall Photos 2 - Nanci GoldbergFall Photos 3 - Nanci GoldbergFall Photos 4 - Nanci Goldberg

     » Read more about: Searching For Fall – Photos by Nanci Goldberg  »

  • Hiking Toward A Haunting: Ghost Hunting

    October 31, 2017

    By: Ken Sikora

    H.P. Lovecraft once said, “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown”. Have you ever been alone in a quiet room and heard someone whisper your name? Maybe you were on a late-night walk through the woods, you see what could be a human-like figure standing still, looking back at you.  It’s probably nothing you tell yourself. Then it moves. Perhaps your mind is just playing tricks on you, or maybe these are experiences of the paranormal.

     » Read more about: Hiking Toward A Haunting: Ghost Hunting  »

  • HOW TO GET YOUR FURRY CANINE HIKING READY

    October 24, 2017

    Dog Hike

    By: Samantha Sektnan

    If you are an outdoor enthusiast and dog owner like myself, then you too may have considered ways to include your furry canine in your outdoor activities. A hiking trip is a great way to get some exercise, explore the world around us, and bond with your dog too. In order to bring your dog on a hiking or backpacking trip, here is a guide on everything that you need to bring and complete in order to prepare your dog for the trip.

    It is important that your dog has proper obedience training in order to handle the possibility of seeing other people and animals on the trip and to follow your commands and stay with you if you are able and willing to let your dog off-leash.

     » Read more about: HOW TO GET YOUR FURRY CANINE HIKING READY  »

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Featured Outing

Cedar Creek Walk

Cedar Creek Walk
Sunday, November 26
1 – 3 PM

Cedar Creek Park is the perfect fall destination. Located along the Youghiogheny River in Westmoreland County, the park trails follow Cedar Creek and include two suspension bridges. We’ll cover 2 to 3 miles at an easy pace.

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