PA Wilds Conservation Shops are gift shops run by the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship (PA Wilds Center), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. They represent just one part of the rural entrepreneurial ecosystem that we are building and supporting in the Pennsylvania Wilds.
Our physical and online stores focus on locally-made and value-added products so you can take home a piece of the Pennsylvania Wilds while making a difference! Purchases have a ripple effect on the local economy while also supporting our nonprofit mission, which is to work with partners to grow the region’s outdoor recreation, nature, and heritage tourism industry as a way to create jobs, diversify local economies, inspire stewardship and improve quality of life.
Pictured above: The PA Wilds Conservation Shop at Kinzua Bridge State Park.
One of our main product lines is The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania, a network of more than 100 local producers, artists and craftspeople from across the Pennsylvania Wilds region. These are people who live and work in rural PA, love what they do, and have proven through a jurying process that they are good at doing it. Shoppers can learn more about these producers by clicking on the “Meet the Maker” tab that is included in each product description on the website.
Learn more about how we source products for the PA Wilds Conservation Shop at shopthepawilds.com.
If you’re an artisan or producer located in the Pennsylvania Wilds and are interested in learning how to sell your products in the shop, visit wildscopa.org.
YOU CAN SHOP FOR GOOD
When you spend locally at our PA Wilds Conservation Shops, it allows us to spend locally on inventory, and then those businesses spend a large part of that investment locally. It’s one great big reinforcing circle of goodness, and we appreciate you being part of it!
Not only that, but we have set up a program to invest in our public lands that so many people come to our region to see and appreciate.
For us – conservation is not just a buzzword. Stewardship of the natural environment is our way of life. And we want to encourage everyone to play a part in being a good steward.
During check-out, shoppers can choose a donation amount and it will be added to their cart total. 100% of the round up proceeds will help the PA Parks and Forests Foundation (PPFF) fund special projects in state parks and forests in the Pennsylvania Wilds.
PPFF’s mission is to inspire stewardship of Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests through public engagement in volunteerism, education and recreation.