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About us

We believe that life is better outdoors. There is nothing like the freedom of cruising down a freshly groomed ski slope, the sweaty triumph of conquering a climbing route, or the exhilaration of stomping a new freestyle trick. Venture Action Sports is here to provide students with quality instruction and hands-on learning experiences in an encouraging, safe and exciting environment.

Check out these real Venture Action Sports students progress through our various sports and see some of the adventures our students experience through the year!

Watch our founder, Hannah Mennega talking about Venture Action Sports and her passion for snowboarding in this Experience Grand Rapids video feature




Hannah Mennega grew up believing that she was not a "sports person" It wasn't until she was 18 and decided to go snowboarding that she realized she was just trying the wrong sports! She founded Venture Action Sports as a way to share her love of extreme sports with the next generation and to introduce students to the many opportunities for adventure right in Grand Rapids! 

In addition to 9+ years of experience in Outdoor Education and Program Development, Hannah is also an action sports athlete herself. A member of the Slingshot Wakeboards Pro Team, sponsored snowboarder and avid climber, she spends the time she isn't innovating new programs for Venture students traveling and filming wakeboard videos. She also came in 2nd in the Pro Women Wakeboard division at the Wakepark World Championships in 2020. 



Bushcraft Program Leader/Developer

Josh Greer is a Michigan-certified teacher, homeschooling dad, and outdoor enthusiast. When he’s not teaching people how to analyze novels or write essays, he spends his time exploring the woods or paddling the lake. His educational background is in Montessori-style learning, which emphasizes hands-on experience. He started teaching Bushcraft classes to help learners connect with the natural world, relearn lost outdoors skills, and gain practical survival tools.

Along with extensive teaching experience, Josh is trained in Wilderness First Aid. He’s built a log cabin with his sons, and he’s taken countless courses in forestry and outdoor learning. He’s thrilled to share a love of the great outdoors with learners of all ages. 

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