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Outdoor Organizations

Including walking, hiking, trail and outdoors clubs

See also: Environmental Organizations.

Pittsburgh Region - Directories

  • Venture Outdoors
    Formerly the Western Pennsylvania Field Institute
    Under Organizations and Resources you'll find an extensive list of organizations and outfitters in southwestern Pennsylvania are listed in alphabetical order with "Types of Activities" and Contact Info for Activities and E-mail

Pittsburgh Region - Organizations

  • Allegheny Mountain Rescue Group
    An all-volunteer, not-for-profit search and rescue (SAR) resource that will help locate, access, stabilize, and transport patients in wilderness and suburban settings in southwestern Pennsylvania and contiguous areas in West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland.
  • Boy Scouts of America: Laurel Highlands Council
    The Greater Pittsburgh Council has been merged into the Laurel Highlands Council.
  • Boy Scouts of America: Moraine Trails Council
    Butler, PA
  • The Butler Outdoor Club
    The Butler Outdoor Club works in Butler County and the surrounding areas to provide outdoor activities (hikes, canoe trips, bike rides) for members in order to foster a better understanding of the outdoors.
  • Explorers Club of Pittsburgh
    The Explorers Club of Pittsburgh is a non- profit organization devoted to adventure and education in outdoor & wilderness recreation and conservation.
  • Fern Hollow Nature Center
    The Fern Hollow Nature Center, the gateway to the Sewickley area park system, is a place where individuals, groups and families can come to enjoy the outdoors.
  • Friends of Raccoon Creek State Park
    A non-profit organization of volunteers that help increase public awareness of the facilities and events that are available at Raccoon Creek State Park, located west of Pittsburgh.
  • Friends of the Riverfront
    working to promote public access and public appreciation of Pittsburgh's river resources
  • Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania
    Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) serves more than 36,000 girls in grades K-12 in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Somerset, Venango, Warren, Washington and Westmoreland Counties.
  • North Country Trail Association
    The North Country Trail Association is the nationwide nonprofit organization that works in partnership with the National Park Service to build, maintain, and promote the North Country National Scenic Trail.
  • Pitt Outdoors Club
    A University of Pittsburgh student organization involved in climbing, caving, river travel, and hiking.
  • Regional Trail Corporation
    The mission of the Regional Trail Corporation is to acquire, develop, manage and maintain appropriate trail and water corridors within southwestern PA in partnership with local trail chapters and councils.
  • Sierra Club: Allegheny Group
    If you are interested in weekend hikes and outdoor trips, check out their outings section.
  • Three Rivers Birding Club
    The Three Rivers Birding Club was formed in July of 2001. Today, there are 152 members who are dedicated and appreciate birds and the natural world of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
  • Three Rivers Paddling Club
    A Pittsburgh-region club consisting of over 400 (mostly whitewater) paddlers from Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, the Maryland panhandle and beyond.
  • Venture Outdoors
    Founded in June 2001 as the Western Pennsylvania Field Institute, Venture Outdoors is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting outdoor recreation and Western Pennsylvania as a great place to live, work and play outdoors.
  • Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
    The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, working together to save the places we care about, protects natural lands, promotes healthy and attractive communities, and preserves Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater.
  • Western Pennsylvania Orienteering Club
    Using map and compass to find your way in the woods.
  • Westmoreland Bird and Nature Club (WBNC)
    Birding and nature observation in Westmoreland County southwestern Pennsylvania.
  • Wilderness Emergency Medical Services Institute
    provides medical care to patients in the specialized prehospital situations of wilderness, backcountry, and other delayed and prolonged transportation contexts such as catastrophic disasters (referred to jointly as "the wilderness context"). A project of The Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania and The Appalachian Search and Rescue Conference
  • Wissahickon Nature Club
    Begun in 1942, the Wissahickon Nature Club hosts meetings bi-weekly from September into May at the Fern Hollow Nature Center in Sewickley.


  • Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association (POWA)
    The Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association (POWA) is an organization of professional writers, artists, photographers, broadcasters, telecasters, lecturers and other communicators with a common interest in the outdoors.
  • Pennsylvania Recreation and Parks Society
    Founded in 1935, the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society (PRPS) is the principal state organization promoting quality recreation and park training, networking, and leadership opportunities for those working and volunteering in the field.

United States

  • American Hiking Society
    A national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting hiking and establishing, protecting and maintaining foot trails in America.
  • Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC)
    Founded in 1876, the AMC promotes the protection, enjoyment, and wise use of the mountains, rivers, and trails of the Appalachian region.
    • Appalachian Mountain Club: Delaware Valley Chapter
      This chapter has more than 5,000 members in Pennsylvania, central and southern New Jersey and northern Delaware. In case you are visiting the Delaware Valley area, their website has information on hikes in the area, as well as their quarterly newsletter Footnotes.
  • Boy Scouts of America
    Extracurricular activities for boys in the outdoors.
    • Venturing
      A program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age.
  • Conservation Alliance
    A group of 62 outdoor businesses that awards grants to grassroots citizen-action groups and their efforts to protect wild and natural areas where outdoor enthusiasts recreate.
  • Explorers Club
    Founded in New York City in 1904, The Explorers Club promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences.
  • Leave No Trace
    LNT Inc., a non-profit organization located in Boulder, Colorado, promotes and inspires responsible outdoor recreation through education, research, and partnerships.
  • National Outdoor Leadership School
    Offers courses in outdoor skills and leadership for 10 days to full semesters in the world's most spectacular wilderness classrooms.
  • National Wildlife Federation
    National Wildlife Federation inspires Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future.
    • Green Hour
      A Green Hour is time for unstructured play and interaction with the natural world. Something every child needs.
  • Outdoor Industry Association
    Formerly Outdoor Recreation Coalition of America (ORCA). The trade association of the outdoor industry.
  • Outdoor Writers Association of America
    A nonprofit, international organization that represents a diverse group of professional communicators dedicated to sharing the outdoor experience.
  • The Rag Tag Rangers
    A group of hikers that met online and arrange hikes in the Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina areas.


  • Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
    The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies was founded in 1902 as a quasi-governmental organization of public agencies charged with the protection and management of North America's fish and wildlife resources.