Outdoor Learning Lab

Outdoor Learning Lab

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Live online courses to help your child connect to the outdoors

In these uncertain times, we know that you as a parent want to find fun, engaging enrichment opportunities for your child that will also help them learn and grow.

Our virtual courses will help your child engage in the outdoors – from the comfort of home – so they can grow into happy, healthy young adults.

Registration in one of our courses includes:

 Live online teaching with educators

 Kit with activity materials

Rewards to celebrate the end of the course

“Offline” activities to complete as a family

 Connections with other students

 Activity learning packet

Your child will be excited to log on to learn about the outdoors and the environment.

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Activities for Every Child

Fun, engaging, and educational activities that will increase your child’s outdoor knowledge. 

trash cleanup



Leave No Trace


Outdoor Shelters


First Aid

Environmental STEM Course

For 3rd-5th Graders

April 8th, 15th, 22nd (Thursdays)

4:30p-5:30p EST

Activities: water experiments, heat and light experiments,  structures in nature, and more!

Inside the Kit: plastic cups, coffee filters, Lifesavers, marshmallows, toothpicks, and more!

Award: Certificate, sticker

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Meet the Teachers

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Ms. Lo

Lo is our Youth Program Manager and has been with Venture Outdoors for over five years. Prior to her role at Venture Outdoors, she joined Teach for America and taught middle school math and science for three years. Lo is a Leave No Trace Master Educator and American Canoe Association kayaking instructor.

Ms. Kelly

Kelly is our Youth Education and Training Coordinator and has been with Venture Outdoors for two years. She was a camp counselor for eight years at resident summer camps with the Girl Scouts. She has hiked portions of the Appalachian Trail and recently completed her first 70-mile ultramarathon.

Winter Survival Series

My favorite thing that I learned was how to read and create a map. I would tell my friends this class is fun and informative and they should do it!


Winter Survival Series

Thank you for the amazing class. My son loved it.


Survival Series Course

Thank you for much for this virtual course! My son is really enjoying the activities and interaction. And I'm thrilled to know he's doing something fun and educational while I work (instead of playing video games).

Kim C.

Explorer Series Course

Both of my children really enjoyed the course. My daughter is really enjoying watching her sunflower grow.


STEM Series Course

I really liked building the parachutes and doing the water experiments. I want to sign up for another course!


Over 150

live lessons already delivered

92% of youth

reported "I would recommend this to a friend"

94% of youth

reported "I learned something new"

We are Venture Outdoors

Our mission: Inspire. Educate. Equip. We remove barriers and create access to outdoor experiences.

We are a non-profit with almost 20 years of experience connecting people to the benefits of the outdoors, working with over 1,000 youth annually.


Your child will join other kids from all over the country to engage in outdoor activities from the comfort of your own home. Children will explore the outdoors by participating in various activities, including STEM experiments, outdoor educational activities, nature crafts, and more! Venture Outdoors staff will log on every week on Zoom for 1 hour to lead your child through activities and encourage them to try “offline” activities on their own as a family or with friends.

All camps will use Zoom and are accessible via a computer, laptop, tablet or phone.

Participants will receive an activity toolkit with materials for course activities. Depending on the course, the kit may include items such as a compass, a field notebook, species ID guides, seed planting materials, magnifying glasses, and more. Toolkit pick-up days will be scheduled for Pittsburgh participants or can be shipped to your address for an additional charge.

Enrollment in the three week course costs $35 per child. Cost includes 1 hour of online teaching once a week for three weeks, a materials kit, and “offline” activities. Information regarding material delivery will be distributed at least one week prior to the start of camp. All programs are subject to a minimum and maximum number of participants.

We teach youth in a live online session for one hour once a week for six weeks. We will encourage kids to try an activity at home with family members after each lesson (can you teach Mom how to build a shelter?) so you may spend a half hour learning from and talking to your child about what they did in their session each week. The instructor will send an e-mail out to parents throughout the week issuing a “Family Challenge”, including questions to ask your child or other activities that supplement what they’ve learned. Lastly, we will also provide optional “offline” resources that you and your family can participate in.

Kelly Sarkis, Youth Education and Training Coordinator, has been with Venture Outdoors for two years. She has been a camp counselor for eight years at resident summer camps with the Girl Scouts and has taught virtual lessons with kids since April.

Lo Zemanek, Youth Program Manager, has been with Venture Outdoors for over five years. Prior to her role at Venture Outdoors, she joined Teach for America and taught middle school math and science for 3.5 years. Lo is a Leave No Trace Master Educator.

E-mail kelly@ventureoutdoors.org or call 412-255-0564 x227 with any questions.

We would like to thank NOVA Chemicals for sponsoring our virtual courses. Their generous donation makes giving children outdoor experiences possible.