Nominate a PA Wilds Champion

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Save the Date! The 2017 Champions of the Wilds Awards Dinner and networking cocktail reception will be held Thursday April 27, 2017 at the DuBois Country Club.

The deadline to register for the event is April 13, 2017.

Each spring the Pennsylvania Wilds Team 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 Team’s Annual Dinner, which is held in late April or early May.

Nomination forms for all categories for 2017 are now open! Nominations may be submitted until Monday March 27, 2017 at 5:00 PM EST. Categories and links to make a nomination:

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. Make a nomination now for the Outstanding Leader Award!

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. Make a nomination now for the Great Places Award!

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. Make a nomination now for the Conservation Stewardship Award!

Great Design Award

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. Make a nomination now for the Great Design Award!

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. Make a nomination now for the Artisan of the Year Award!

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. Make a nomination now for the Business of the Year Award!

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. Make a nomination now for the Inspiring Youth Award!

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. Make a nomination now for the Event of the Year Award!

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. Make a nomination now for the Best Brand Ambassador Award!

Note: As part of the application process a photo of your nominee is required.  If the nominee is selected, this photo will be used on this website and during the awards presentation, as well as other announcements. Please Upload Files here; further instructions are included on the page.

Support letters, reports, news articles, maps, renderings, video links and other supporting documents that bolster the application are strongly encouraged.

Read About Past PA Wilds Champions

2016 PA Wilds Champions

Champions of PA Wilds Past Award Winners 2010-2015