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Buy a PA Wilds Gift Card

Those wishing to support small businesses in the Pennsylvania Wilds region now have a new tool to do so. People from anywhere can now make sure their dollars stay within the region by purchasing the new Shop the PA Wilds digital community gift card for friends, family or even coworkers.

Nominate a Champion

Each year the PA Wilds Center recognizes individuals, groups, and businesses that have made significant contributions to help grow and sustainably develop the outdoor recreation economy and nature tourism in the Pennsylvania Wilds. Do you know someone deserving? Nominate them today!

PA Conservation Landscapes

This report, which points to the growing outdoor recreation industry and strategic investments in public lands and facilities in the Pennsylvania Wilds, positions the region as a model for how the Conservation Landscape program is gaining traction and creating real value for communities.

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The Latest PA Wilds Center News

Bureau of Economic Analysis: 2021 a record-breaking year for outdoor recreation economy

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, released national and state economic data showcasing the record-breaking year the outdoor recreation economy had in 2021. This analysis demonstrates outdoor recreation’s powerful and positive economic impact on the U.S. economy as the nation rebounded from the COVID-19 pandemic and Americans…

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Meredith Hill recognized as “Good Natured Pennsylvanian” for PA Wilds work

We’d like to congratulate Meredith Hill for recently being featured in the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) newsletter in the “Good Natured Pennsylvanians” section, honoring her incredible work for both the Pennsylvania Wilds and stewardship throughout the Commonwealth. The Good Natured Pennsylvanians article: Meredith is the Conservation Landscape Director at DCNR and…

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PA Wilds highlighted in Richard King Mellon Foundation’s annual report for transformational work

The PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship is so proud to be highlighted as part of Richard King Mellon Foundation’s Annual Report for the transformational work being done in the PA Wilds to activate rural economies. “The Richard King Mellon Foundation has made many inspiring conservation investments in the PA Wilds region over the last decade,”…

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