Openness in the Outdoors

“Walking down the river with my Queer lover and two other trans guys… Powerful. Validating. Normal. I had never met another trans man before. This is all very new to me. The learning was potent and powerful and people’s stories were so moving. So grateful.” -Participant, Queer River Rafting w/ Holiday River Expeditions

Venture Out

Combining passion for the great outdoors with their mission to provide a safe and fun space for queer, trans and LQBTQ+ people to experience the natural world, The Venture Out Project (TVOP) team is working to create an inclusive and welcoming community to foster leadership skills and confidence through outdoor activities. By hosting a variety of guided adventures for the queer and transgender community, they seek to reach individuals who range widely in their interests and skill levels. No matter where the trip may take them, from running rapids on the Colorado River to forest bathing in the Maine woods, the team works hard to foster a supportive environment for those who might not otherwise feel like they have a place in the outdoors.

A person sitting in a kayak holding an LGBTQIA+/Transgender flag above their head Image courtesy of The Venture Out Project

Starting as an organization in 2015, TVOP has led over 200 day and overnight trips and served over 1500 participants through guided outdoor adventures, workshops and community events. Their team, consisting of staff, instructors and volunteers, work each year to support their values and pillars of focus, including environmental stewardship, social justice, diversity and inclusion, challenge as a choice and community.

 "I think TVOP is awesome. You take great care of folks, feed them well, allow them space and make them feel welcome. I thank you for testing me to my limits and helping me when I couldn't do it alone."   - A.P

In addition to leading outdoor adventures and activities, TVOP offers Trans Inclusion educational workshops(S'ouvre dans une nouvelle fenêtre). These services are a resource that help to enhance existing programming in schools, universities, camps and outdoor brands alike, with the goal of making these settings more inclusive and affirming of trans and non-binary individuals. Moreover, outdoor brands are utilizing these workshops to create more equitability within their internal work environments and merchandise.

Image via The Venture Out Project

Upcoming Events

TVOP’s event schedule includes a variety of activities, including backpacking, canoeing, rafting, homesteading & skill-building workshops, LGBTQ+ family campouts, forest bathing, and more!. These adventures are led by trained instructors, and prioritize safety, inclusivity and a sense of community above all. Whether you are attending an event as a solo adventurer or with a group, there is something for everyone. All adventures are priced on a sliding scale, so you can find the best investment for you. You can learn more about what to expect on a TVOP adventure here(S'ouvre dans une nouvelle fenêtre)!

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Queer Backpacking - New England



Queer Rafting - Yampa

Tue, Jun 6, 2023  Sun, Jun 11, 2023


Queer Gym Program + Backpacking - New England (WAITLIST)

Sat, Jun 17, 2023  Tue, Jun 20, 2023


Queer Advanced Backpacking - PNW (WAITLIST)

Mon, Jun 19, 2023  Fri, Jun 23, 2023


LGBTQ+ Family Campout: New England (WAITLIST)

Fri, Jun 23, 2023  Sun, Jun 25, 2023


Queer Backpacking - New England

Sat, Jun 24, 2023  Tue, Jun 27, 2023


Queer Backpacking - New England

Sat, Jul 1, 2023  Tue, Jul 4, 2023


Queer-centered Ecology (Advanced Backpack/Kayak) - Rockies

Thu, Jul 6, 2023  Sat, Jul 15, 2023


Queer Backpacking - New England

Sat, Jul 8, 2023  Tue, Jul 11, 2023


Queer Herbalism and Papermaking Skillshare Weekend

Sat, Jul 15, 2023  Sun, Jul 16, 2023


Queer Plus Size Backpacking - New England

Sat, Jul 15, 2023  Tue, Jul 18, 2023


Queer Canoeing - New England (Waitlist)

Thu, Jul 20, 2023  Wed, Jul 26, 2023


Queer Youth (Grades 9-11) Adventure Campout: New England

Fri, Jul 28, 2023  Sun, Jul 30, 2023


Queer Backpacking - New England

Fri, Jul 28, 2023  Mon, Jul 31, 2023


Queer Youth (Grades 6-8) Adventure Campout: New England

Fri, Aug 4, 2023  Sun, Aug 6, 2023


Queer Advanced Backpacking - New England

Sat, Aug 5, 2023  Thu, Aug 10, 2023


ALUMNI Queer Canoeing - New England

Sat, Aug 12, 2023  Wed, Aug 16, 2023


Queer Plus Size Backpacking - PNW

Sat, Aug 19, 2023  Tue, Aug 22, 2023


Queer Sober Rafting - Cataract

Sat, Aug 19, 2023  Fri, Aug 25, 2023


Queer Advanced Backpacking - New England

Sat, Aug 26, 2023  Thu, Aug 31, 2023


Queer Advanced Backpack/Canoe - New England

Thu, Sep 7, 2023  Thu, Sep 14, 2023


LGBTQ+ Family Campout: New England (Waitlist)

Fri, Sep 8, 2023  Sun, Sep 10, 2023


Queer Forest Bathing Retreat with Toadstool Walks (WAITLIST)

Fri, Oct 6, 2023  Mon, Oct 9, 2023


Queer Green Woodworking and Forest Exploration

Fri, Oct 13, 2023  Sun, Oct 15, 2023


“The instructors were so kind, welcoming, knowledgeable, and really created an open space for everyone to feel at ease & connect with each other.” - Queer Backpacking Participant

Support and Follow Along Today

Interested in participating in an event(S'ouvre dans une nouvelle fenêtre)? Want to make a donation(S'ouvre dans une nouvelle fenêtre)? Curious to learn more about what it takes to become a volunteer(S'ouvre dans une nouvelle fenêtre) or an instructor(S'ouvre dans une nouvelle fenêtre)? The Venture Out Project website(S'ouvre dans une nouvelle fenêtre) has all the resources for you! You can also follow along on Instagram(S'ouvre dans une nouvelle fenêtre) and Facebook(S'ouvre dans une nouvelle fenêtre) to stay up to date on upcoming events and more information!

A man wearing backpacking gear and smiling off in the distance Image via Leah Nash with The Venture Out Project

Header image via Leah Nash with The Venture Out Project