Venture Outdoors Again

Calling all people ages 50 and up—join us outside! Venture Outdoors has been funded by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation to provide beginner-friendly outdoor experiences to individuals who would like to become more active. The weekly outings include 1.5 – 2 hour walks and bike rides that are held in Frick Park and South Park.

Participants ages 50 and up can attend for FREE. Call the Venture Outdoors office at 412-255-0564 ext. 0 or fill out this form to receive a promotion code to register for these outings free of charge. The following outings are part of the Venture Outdoors Again program. To register, click the dates listed under the outing description and follow the prompts. Venture Outdoors Again outings and a wide variety of other outdoor programs can be found on the Venture Outdoors Activities Calendar.

 

Virtual Senior Academy Presentations

Explore the city and region from the comfort of your home or senior center as we use the computer-based Virtual Senior Academy to showcase Venture Outdoors programs. Trip Leaders and staff will present on a variety of topics such as bike rides, neighborhood hikes, and nature walks. The presentations include 40 minutes of content with time for questions and conversation.

 

Women In Nature Virtual Walk: Thursday, March 22
Riverfront Trail Bike Tour Preview: Thursday, April 5

 

Fit With A Physician 

Get healthy while being healthy! We’ll join a local medical professional for an easy-paced walk that gets our bodies moving and stimulates our minds. The medical professional will introduce his or her field of study and answer individual questions as we walk. At each stop along the trail, our expert will share tips for staying healthy.

Wednesday, April 4 
Tuesday, April 24
Wednesday, May 9

Saturday, May 19
Wednesday, June 13
Tuesday, June 26

 

Budding Naturalist Walk

Learn the signs of the seasons as we explore the beautiful park grounds. We’ll join a Venture Outdoors trip leader for an easy-paced walk that focuses on the plant and animal life that abound in the park. At each stop along the trail, our trip leader will share more information about the topic.

Sunday, May 13

 

Qigong Walk 

Join Gurney Bolster in an experience that combines a love of nature with the gentle yet invigorating practice of Tai Chi Qigong. This ancient Chinese tradition, often called “meditation in motion”, is rooted in the principle of living in harmony with nature. Flow with your breath, feel the earth under your feet, and move with the rhythms of the wind, trees and birds. Enjoy basic sets of movement interspersed with a short walk through the park.

Monday, May 14
Saturday, June 2

 

Introduction to Biking 

Let Venture Outdoors Trip Leaders introduce you to the basics of preparing for biking. We’ll discuss the gear you’ll need, where to go in the region, and other information you need to have a successful ride.

Thursday, May 17

 

Fishing at North Park Lake

Join on North Park Lake for an afternoon of fishing! We provide all the poles, tackle & bait, as well as a guide to provide instruction and information. No previous fishing experience is necessary.

Thursday, June 7

 

Cell Phone Photography

The outdoors is a wonderful setting to inspire creativity. Join a local art enthusiast for a short walk through the park. We’ll go to a nearby shelter and learn some tips for using your cell phone to take pictures, and then we’ll take the time to be creative ourselves.

Sunday, June 10

 

Introduction to Kayaking 

Let Venture Outdoors Trip Leaders introduce you to the basics of preparing for kayaking. We’ll discuss the gear you’ll need, where to go in the region, and other information you need to have a successful paddle.

Thursday, June 14

 

Beginner Bike Ride

Join us for a beginner bike ride! We’ll spend the first half hour of the outing covering tips and warming up for a successful bike trip. Then we’ll ride as a group along South Park’s paved paths, with stops along the way. Participants are encouraged to attend the Introduction to Biking before attending this outing.

Thursday, June 14

 

Morning Beginner Paddle

We’ll start with instruction on equipment and techniques and then head onto North Park Lake for practice. With experienced guides to lead the way, you’ll see just how easy it is to paddle. We’ll take in the beautiful scenery of North Park as we kayak along the shoreline. Equipment, guides, and instruction are provided. Solo kayaks are highly recommended for this outing. Participants are encouraged to attend the Introduction to Kayaking before attending this outing.

Thursday, June 21

 

For more information about the Venture Outdoors Again program or to sign up, please call the office at 412-255-0564 x 200 or email info@ventureoutdoors.org.

For information on becoming a volunteer, please contact Kathi at 412-255-0564 ext. 224 or volunteer@ventureoutdoors.org.