2021 PA Wilds Champion Awards Nomination Deadline Extended to June 30

2021 PA Wilds Champion Awards Nomination Deadline Extended to June 30

Tracy Smith of Sixty Foot Films accepts the PA Wilds Best Brand Ambassador Champion Award during the 2019 PA Wilds Annual Dinner & Awards.

The deadline to submit nominations for the 2021 PA Wilds Champion Awards has been extended to June 30, 2021. 

Each year, the PA Wilds Center recognizes individuals, groups, organizations, communities, and businesses that have made significant contributions to help grow and sustainably develop the outdoor recreation economy and nature tourism in the PA Wilds by marrying economic development and conservation goals. These prestigious awards are presented at the Center’s annual dinner.

Nominations for nine awards categories are open to the public.

Selected PA Wilds Champions will receive their awards during the PA Wilds Annual Dinner & Awards banquet on Thursday, November 4, 2021. Details to be announced.


Ready to make a nomination?

Click the titles of the award categories below to nominate an individual, organization, business or community today!

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 PA Wilds as a way to create jobs, diversify local economies, inspire stewardship and improve quality of life.

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 PA Wilds.

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.

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 PA Wilds.

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.

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.

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.

Event of the Year Award

Recognizes a festival, race, art show or other local or regional event in the PA 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.

Best Brand Ambassador

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

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