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Outdoor Learning Lab

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We believe youth are at their best when you get time to learn outdoors

The Outdoor Learning Lab, which launched in 2014, engages children in year-long outdoor experiences, such as biking, kayaking, fishing, hiking, geocaching, outdoor leadership skills, and more. We work with over 250 youth across 15+ partner sites throughout Pittsburgh to help promote a healthy, active lifestyle and appreciation of nature. The program is no or low cost for participating youth.

We provide:

 Trained Outdoor Educators
 Equipment
 Curriculum

Long Term PartnershipS

This program is specifically designed to engage children in regular, repeated interactions with the outdoors throughout the school year. We meet weekly or bi-weekly with the same group of youth all year long to help develop skills over time, build relationships, and instill a deeper connection to nature.

Our partner retention rate is 80% because we believe it is important to continue the program multiple years in a row within the same school and community to create long-lasting change.

Removing barriers

82% Economically disadvantaged

82% of our Outdoor Learning Lab students are considered economically disadvantaged by Pittsburgh Public Schools

42% experience learning disabilities

42% of our students are on IEP (Individual Education Plans) to help them learn in a way that works for them.

Apply to be a Partner

Apply to be a partner with Venture Outdoors for the Outdoor Learning Lab.

This application will take about 15-30 minutes. Please have the following information ready before you proceed. You will not be able to save your answers and return to finish the application later.

  • Contact Information
  • School/Site Information & General Geography
  • Student Population Information, including ethnic diversity stats
  • Desired Partnership Logistics (times, days, frequency)

Contact Kelly Sarkis at Kelly@ventureoutdoors.org or 412.255.0564 x 227 with questions.

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