Pittsburgh Connections-Office of Student Activities - Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh Connections

The Pittsburgh Connections program is coordinated through the Office of Student Activities and is generously funded by the RK Mellon Foundation, the Dozzi family, and the Division of Student Affairs. The program strives to engage students in outdoor recreation, environmental stewardship, and cultural awareness throughout Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. The core goals of these activities are to help students develop and maintain a physically active lifestyle, build leadership skills, and increase their appreciation for the Western Pennsylvania region.

Pittsburgh Connections Logo Each weekend through the academic year –excluding breaks and majors events– Pittsburgh Connections sponsors an Outdoor Adventure to one of the many outdoor recreation facilities in our area and sells tickets at a heavily subsidized price.  Past trips have included whitewater rafting, kayaking, biking, hiking, paintball, horseback riding, and skiing to name a few.  The schedule of events can be found on The Bridge and tickets are sold at the CUC Info Desk one week prior to the scheduled trip. 
Impact Logo Once per month, Pittsburgh Connections adds a unique twist to the regular outdoor recreation program by adding a service element.  Adventures with Impact serve as our opportunity to give back to the environment so that we can protect our natural resources and continue to enjoy outdoor recreational activities.  Past trips have included Paddle Without Pollution, tree planting, and winterizing community garden beds.
pc arts pass logo While Arts Pass is commonly known for its free entrances to some of the local museums, Pittsburgh Connections also tries to promote the arts and cultural opportunities in the area through event advertising and negotiated discounts.  Upcoming events are posted on The Bridge.

Event Time
Ticket Release
Kayaking 8:30am - 11:30am Kayak Pittsburgh North Shore
Sep-13 Biking 1:00pm-3:30pm South Side 24 Sep-8
Sep-27 White Water Rafting 8:15pm-5:00pm Ohiopyle, PA 39 Sep-22
Sep-27 Paddle without Pollution 8:00am-1:30pm TBD 24 Sep-22
Oct-4 Rock Climbing 9:00am-5:00pm Dunbar, PA 19 Sep-29
Oct-18 Kayaking (Service) 8:30am-1:30pm Kayak Pittsburgh North Shore 29 Oct-13
Oct-25 Kayaking 8:30am-11:30am Kayak Pittsburgh North Shore 39 Oct-20
Nov-18 Geocaching TBD Schenley Park 39 Nov-13
Nov-15 Hiking 12:00pm-5:00pm TBD 39 Nov-10
Dec-6 Hiking 5:30pm-8:30pm Downtown Pittsburgh 39 Dec-1

To kick off the year, Pittsburgh Connections offers several free trips for incoming first-year students during Orientation. More information on these trips can be found here.

Orientation Kickoff Events

Meet our community partners specializing in outdoor recreation, environmental stewardship, and arts/culture when they come to campus to showcase their service. Find out more here.

Pittsburgh Connections Fair