Get Involved for Earth Day and Beyond ūüĆé

Earth Day is a global day of action to focus on the health of our environment. It’s a great day to think globally, and act locally to restore the Earth. Venture Outdoors has teamed up with other local nonprofits to help make these efforts extend beyond April 22nd.

Get involved not JUST in April, but all Spring, and Summer long. We’ll be sure to make it fun with kayaking, lunches, hikes, bike rides, and games.

How to get involved

Stewardship Tuesdays with Grow Pittsburgh

Every 2nd Tuesday April РAug, 9am Р12pm | FREE 

Help Grow Pittsburgh get ready for the harvest and maintain the gardens at Braddock Farms. All you need to bring is a good attitude and desire to help keep our gardens growing! No heavy lifting is required. Stewards will be treated to a farm to table meal.

Stewardship Thursday with Grow Pittsburgh

Every 2nd Thursday April РAug, 9am Р12pm | FREE 

Help Grow Pittsburgh get ready for the harvest and maintain the gardens at Braddock Farms. All you need to bring is a good attitude and desire to help keep our gardens growing! No heavy lifting is required. Stewards will be treated to a farm to table meal.

Stewardship Fridays with Grounded Strategies

Every 3rd Friday, April РSept, 9am Р12pm | FREE 

Help Grounded Strategies implement¬†community beautification efforts in Homewood, which is densely populated but under maintained by the City.¬†No heavy lifting is required. We’ll have some fun AND partake in stewardship.

Stewardship Saturdays with Tree Pittsburgh

Every 4th Saturday April РSept, 9am Р2pm | FREE 

Save a tree with your bike and Tree Pittsburgh! Bike along the Eliza Furnace Trail each month (about 3 miles) to help plant a dense forest of resilient urban trees in the buffer zones between the trail and the highways. Make the trail more enjoyable by increasing air quality, and reducing traffic noise.

FULL: Clean Up Boat Ride with Allegheny Cleanways

April 22 6 – 8pm | FREE | Ages 50+

Yup, you get to ride the boat! Ride with Allegheny Cleanways through Duck Hollow to clean up our rivers. Since 200 they’ve been a community driven dumpsite, litter and cleanup. *one time event

FULL: Clean Up Night Paddle

May 28, 6 – 8:30pm | FREE | Some paddling experience required

Let’s clean up our waterways. Trip Leaders will kick off the paddle with an overview, then divide everyone into teams to clean up the river. We always find some gnarly stuff. ūüėÄ

Become a Volunteer

Looking for more ways to get involved? Become a Venture Outdoors Trip leader! Don’t be shy! We’ll train you in Outdoor Leadership so you’re prepared to lead others in a love of nature.

Spartan Athlete, Annie Schiller, Leads Fitness Classes

Start your fitness journey or begin trail running with Annie Schiller

Where do we even begin?? Annie is the founder and CEO of Elite Animal Fitness. She’s a NASM certified personal trainer and a Precision Nutrition certified nutrition coach. She has competed in running, ice hockey, crossfit, horseback riding, snowboarding, soccer and rowing. She even trained early on with a coach who would go on to coach the heavyweight mens team in Russia for the Rio Olympic games.

She knows how to get people moving and continually encourages people to try new things. Her philosophy is “If you want to see change you have to be willing to step outside of your comfort zone in your training and nutrition.”

With all of this experience, Annie is volunteering her time to train beginner level classes for Fitness Boot Camp and Beginner Trail Running.

Beginner Trail Running

Starting April 10, Every Saturday 7am

Meet new people, check out local trails, and challenge yourself with help from a professional. This group will run four trails at three different locations so you will see and feel your improvements.

Participants ages 50+ get a discount and can sign up here.

Early Morning Boot Camp

Starting April 8, Every Thursday 7am

Annie has put together appropriate yet challenging workouts in a local park specializing in bodyweight workouts. This 12 week course will give you a taste of weight training, get you moving, and get you outside. Bring a jump rope and positive attitude!

Participants ages 50+ get a discount and can sign up here.

Become a Member

Want great deals on all Venture Outdoors programs? Become a member! Your membership supports programs that create outdoor experiences for youth, senior, and everyone in between.

Standing in Solidarity with the Asian American Community

At Venture Outdoors, we work toward equity in the outdoor industry, and we denounce hatred and bigotry of any kind.  Any and all acts of hate and violence are unacceptable.

We stand in solidarity with the Asian American community as we mourn the loss of eight Atlanta and Acworth community members. As the trauma of the events that occurred on March 16th comes to light, we are reminded of the pain that hatred can produce. We see you and we are beside you in the continued effort to make neighborhoods, cities, and this country free of racism, sexism, and bigotry.

Soon Chung Park

Hyun Jung Grant

Suncha Kim

Yong Yue

Delaina Ashley Yaun

Paul Andre Michels

Xiaojie Tan

Daoyou Feng

May you rest in peace.

Fit with a Physician is BACK

Fit with a Physician, developed in partnership with the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, promotes the importance of exercise in helping people age with wellness in mind. Through our Venture Outdoors Again programming, we offer FREE walking, biking, and kayaking classes to people over the age of 50.

And we’re baaaack!

Each Fit with a Physician event aims to:

  1. Promote exercise in older adults through one-mile walks in Pittsburgh and Allegheny parks led by physicians, therapists, and nutritionists.
  2. Provide an educational component emphasizing the importance of exercise, healthy living, and the amazing benefits of the outdoors.
  3. Encourage participants to keep walking and join our summer challenge:

Intro: Fit with a Physician

VIRTUAL, Mar 29, 11am – 12pm

Not familiar with this program? Catch up with our local physicians who will give you an idea of what to expect. They’ll even show you how to get signed up for your next walk.

1st Fit with a Physician

LIVE, IN-PERSON, April 7, 1 – 3pm

Get your body moving and your mind stimulated on a walk with a local physician. Ask them all your burning questions and they’ll share all their tips for staying healthy. This month, we’re walking through Highland Park.

Fit with a Physician

LIVE, IN-PERSON, May 5, 1 – 3pm

This month we’ll walk through Frick Park with a local physician to get all the tips and tricks to staying healthy as we age.

More dates will be announced soon

Celebrate Earth Day & Beyond

Want to make an impact for Earth Day? Volunteer once a month for until September to clean up vacant lots and rivers, garden, or plant trees with local nonprofits. Have fun, get outdoors, AND be a steward.

Announced: Youth Logo Contest WinnerūüéČ

Plus, talented and adorable honorable mentions

In celebration of 20 years of Venture Outdoors we looked to the youth for outdoor inspiration. We asked participants (ages 18 and younger) to submit their best 20th Anniversary Venture Outdoors Logo. After 57 submissions, the judges narrowed it down to 5 which YOU voted on through Facebook and Instagram.

Now finally, we have a winner!!

Congrats, Mia V.!

Meet Mia, she 11 years old and she likes to go on hikes with her siblings. She will be granted a $500 scholarship for submitting the winning logo design.

Top 4 runner ups

Veronica M.

Lauren O.

Lydia D.

Cassandra G.

Honorable (and adorable) Mentions

Support Youth Outdoors

Make a donation

Venture Outdoors is a nonprofit that has helped youth from all over the city and Southwest PA get outdoors. Not only do our youth programs inspire love for nature, but they’re training the next generation of environmentalists and outdoor enthusiasts.

We can’t do this work without your support. Consider making a donation today.