PA Wilds Annual Dinner and Awards

Don’t miss the premier annual networking event in the Pennsylvania Wilds!

More than 250 businesses and community leaders from across the Pennsylvania Wilds, along with state partners and officials from Harrisburg will gather for the dinner and conference to get an update on the state and local effort to grow the region’s economy and recognize award winner Champions of the PA Wilds while “Celebrating 15 Years – The Wilds at Work.”

Registration is Now Open!

April 26, 2018: PA Wilds Annual Dinner & Awards

April 27, 2018: Creative Entrepreneur’s Conference

Venue: The Pajama Factory, 600-636 Rose St, Williamsport, PA 17701

New in 2018!
Creative Entrepreneur’s Conference April 27th – plan your overnight stay.

View the 2-day event agenda, dinner speakers, hotel information and parking details.


Make an Award Nomination!


About the Awards:

2017 Ed McMahon Dinner Keynote

Each spring the Pennsylvania Wilds Center recognizes individuals, groups, organizations, communities and businesses that in the last year have made significant contributions to help grow and sustainably develop the outdoor recreation economy and nature tourism in the Pennsylvania Wilds by marrying economic development and conservation goals. These prestigious awards are presented at the Center’s annual dinner, which is held in late April or early May.

Nominations for awards closed on March 23rd.

Outstanding Leader Award

Honors a person, organization, business or elected official that has used their platform to advocate for outdoor recreation economic growth in the Pennsylvania Wilds as a way to create jobs, diversify local economies, inspire stewardship and improve quality of life. Nominate Now!

Great Places Award

Honors innovative asset development and promotion that have worked together to create an excellent new or revamped sustainable tourism destination within the Pennsylvania Wilds. Nominate Now!

Conservation Stewardship Award

Honors the best practices and achievements of an individual, business or organization that demonstrates a commitment to conservation and outstanding resource stewardship of the natural and cultural assets in the Pennsylvania Wilds. Nominate Now!

Great Design Award

Matt Schauer – 2017 Great Design Award (Williamsport, Lycoming County)

Honors an individual, business or organization that has done outstanding work to preserve, protect or enhance an area’s rural community character and to promote the use and understanding of the PA Wilds Design Guide. Nominate Now!

Member of the Year Award

Honors individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the work of the PA Wilds Planning Team. (This award is not open for public nomination)

Artisan of the Year Award

Honors a PA Wilds Juried Artisan who has gone above and beyond to use their medium and creativity to promote the region or help advance The Wilds Cooperative of PA. Nominate Now!

Business of the Year Award

Honors a new or existing business owner that has taken bold steps to grow their business in a way that embodies what it means to marry conservation and economic development and to offer an authentic experience or product to visitors and residents. Nominate Now!

Nate Wilson, 2017 Inspiring Youth Award (Kane, McKean County)

Inspiring Youth Award

Honors an adult or youth who has made outstanding contributions to involve young people in the work to grow the region’s outdoor recreation economy and to conserve its unparalleled natural and cultural resource assets. Nominate Now!

Event of the Year Award

Recognizes a festival, race, art show or other local or regional event in the Pennsylvania Wilds which through its quality and authenticity and use of the PA Wilds brand has become a regional attraction that is having a positive economic and social impact on the area. Nominate Now!

Best Brand Ambassador

Honors an organization or individual who has made significant contributions to promoting and developing the Pennsylvania Wilds brand through logo use, place name recognition, branded product development, storytelling, event or experience packaging or similar efforts. Nominate Now!

Thank you to our sponsors

ICYY Ink Screen Printingand Laughing Owl Pressfor underwriting The Creative Makers Reception  


Read About Past PA Wilds Champions

2017 PA Wilds Champions

2016 PA Wilds Champions

Champions of PA Wilds Past Award Winners 2010-2015