In The Spirit of Thanksgiving

 

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. Experiencing the feeling of being a first-time grandmother is more than I could have ever imagined. Aliya Jade Buckham is truly the love of my life!”
– Sherry Buckham, Operations Coordinator

Kathi's Dogs

 

“I’m thankful for: canine companions!”
– Kathi Radock, Membership & Volunteer Manager

Donnas Grateful

 

 

“I am grateful for long rides and cuddly cats.”
– Donna Bour, Development & Communications Director

Lo Nephew

 

“I’m thankful for adorable nephews”
– Lo Hutelmyer, Youth Program Manager

Ken on a Ghost Hunt 2

 

“I’m so thankful for ghost hunting in the outdoors.”
Ken Sikora, Head Trip Leader Specialist

Homemade Pasta

 

“I’m thankful for homemade (not by me) pasta.”
-Jessica Layre, Communications & Media Coordinator

Gus

 

“I’m grateful for sleepy dogs”
– Billy Dixon, Program Administrator

Karen's Dog

 

“I’m thankful for the special places, pets, and people in my life.”
– Karen Wood, Chief Financial Officer

Jim Kayak

 

 

“I’m thankful for new kayaks to paddle”
– Jim Smith, Equipment & Facilities Manager

KP & TLS Staff

“I’m thankful for staff and volunteers who share their passion for connecting people and nature and all of our partners who help create the magic of Venture Outdoors experiences.”
– Joey-Linn Ulrich, Executive Director

“I’m thankful for our wonderful and talented Trip Leader Specialists and Kayak Pittsburgh staff!”
– Jake Very, Custom Program Coordinator

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at Venture Outdoors!

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OUTDOOR News

  • Restorative Practices in an Outdoor Setting

    April 24, 2018

    By: Beth Zabiegalski   

    As an organization, Venture Outdoors does some really awesome and exciting things with local youth in after-school and summer programs, getting them outside for the first time or teaching them something new to do in nature. Most of our outings are a couple hours or less, but when we build meaningful relationships with our students, we create formative outdoor experiences with memories that last more than just that afternoon. 

    Last month, I had the opportunity to attend a two-day Restorative Practices Training through Venture Outdoors’ partnership with Pittsburgh Public Schools. I’ll admit I had next to no idea what to expect,

     » Read more about: Restorative Practices in an Outdoor Setting  »

  • Spring Inside

    April 17, 2018

    A Day a Phipps 
    By: Sara Cardamone 

    Now that Spring is finally here, so is the rain! In Pittsburgh, sometimes it can be hard to find ways to be in nature when it is rainy and muddy. However, there are tons of fun alternatives if you look hard enough! Since I’m a student at Pitt, I pass Phipps Conservatory all the time but I always felt like I never had enough time to stop in. Fast forward to now, the first big rainy day of Spring was upon us and I was struggling to find a calming activity to take my mind off of school and then it hit me.

     » Read more about: Spring Inside  »

  • My Mirror is the Outdoors

    April 10, 2018

    By Stephanie Capilongo

    “Go Outside… amidst the simple beauty of nature… and know that as long as places like this exist, there will be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be.” -Anne Frank.

    The outdoors, it appears, is complicated. But it’s not. It can free your mind and give you a new appreciation for beauty. It brings things and people together, whether it’s your best friend, significant other or your cat. The people you go with mean everything. And no matter who you are or what you do, you can find joy.

     » Read more about: My Mirror is the Outdoors  »

  • When Youth Find their Voices

    April 3, 2018

    By: Lo Hutelmyer, Ryan Singleton and Ty’Shay Thorton

    To an educator, few things are more rewarding than witnessing a student discover his or her own passion. More rewarding still is when they show their first glimpses of leadership by taking charge to teach others about their passion.

    For those of you who may know me, it’s sometimes a challenge for me to stay quiet. But when I had the opportunity to watch Ty’Shay and Ryan present at last month’s conference, I was speechless. Ty’Shay and Ryan, 7th graders from Manchester Academic Charter School, have been participating regularly on Venture Outdoors trips for two years.

     » Read more about: When Youth Find their Voices  »

  • Mount Ararat Community Activity Center takes on GASP!

    March 27, 2018

    By: La’Nell Pennington, Trip Leader SpecialistGASP

    Last October, youth group members at Mount Ararat Community Activity Center in East Liberty participated in an after-school workshop with Pittsburgh’s own Group Against Smog and Pollution. (GASP).

    What is air pollution? We started out by asking the children if they knew what air pollution was. All the kids raised their hands excited to give answers. After a short hike to the Larimer Community Garden, we took turns giving examples of different types of air pollution and where it comes from. The children identified pollution sources such as cars,

     » Read more about: Mount Ararat Community Activity Center takes on GASP!  »

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

#KeepPittsburghPaddling


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