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June 29, 2022

Celebrating our Partners: PA Wilds Planning Team, Municipalities, Elected Officials

Today’s Great Outdoors Month gratitude post goes to the PA Wilds Planning Team and the many county and municipal partners and elected officials who are helping us grow the outdoor rec economy in the PA Wilds to revitalize rural communities.

June 28, 2022

Celebrating our Partners: Corporate and Workforce Collaborators

Today’s Great Outdoors Month gratitude post goes to our many corporate and workforce partners who are helping us revitalize rural communities through outdoor rec development!

June 27, 2022

Celebrating our Partners: Philanthropic and National Partners

Today’s Great Outdoors Month gratitude post goes to our philanthropic and national partners who are helping us revitalize rural communities in the PA Wilds by growing the region’s outdoor recreation economy.

June 26, 2022

Celebrating our Partners: Outfitters and Hospitality Partners

As one of the largest blocks of green between New York City and Chicago, outfitters play a key role in helping visitors safely connect with public lands and outdoor experiences in the PA Wilds. In addition to outfitters, we'd like to thank all of the hospitality businesses in our region, which are a huge part of the reason the PA Wilds has seen double-digit growth in visitor spending in every county of the PA Wilds over the last decade!

June 25, 2022

Celebrating our Partners: Heritage and Nonprofit Partners

Today's Great Outdoors Month post goes to the many heritage and nonprofit partners who are helping to grow the outdoor economy in the PA Wilds. Under BBBRC, several of these partners would complete projects in their wheelhouses that would grow the region's outdoor rec industry cluster, such as installing bike repair stations along Route 6, doing an assessment of the PA Wilds as a cycling destination, completing the Brady Tunnel project (a top-10 PA trail gap), bringing new hiking guidebooks to market, and more!

June 24, 2022

Celebrating our Partners: Conservation and Stewardship Partners

Today's Great Outdoors Month post goes to our many conservation and stewardship partners! These organizations help conserve and take care of the tremendous natural assets that underpin the region’s outdoor recreation economy.

June 21, 2022

Celebrating our Partners: Artisans and Makers

The PA Wilds outdoor rec cluster includes hundreds of artisans and makers. Although we don't have space here to write about all of these entrepreneurs (that's what WildsCOPA.org is for!), we're taking a moment to highlight one in Cameron County, Rich Valley Apiary and Rich Valley Wines.

June 20, 2022

Celebrating our Partners: Business Service Providers

Today’s Great Outdoors Month gratitude post goes to the robust network of business service providers that work with us to grow the region’s outdoor rec economy. As rural businesses or entrepreneurs involved in our ecosystem look to start or expand, we connect them to this network for technical assistance, to explore financing options, and for professional development opportunities.

June 16, 2022

Wilds Child Adventure Two: The Ancient Forest

The Wilds Child: Exploring the PA Wilds with Little Adventurers is a monthly series that features stories, travel tips, landscape recommendations, and the occasional piece of unsolicited parenting advice. This month, author Tia DeShong along with her husband and two young boys explore Cook Forest and the Ancients. They journey through the walkable Forest Cathedral as the little ones discover how ancient our PA Wilds history truly is.

June 15, 2022

Celebrating our Partners: Breweries, Distilleries and Wineries

Tourism spending in the PA Wilds has grown 46% over the last decade, supporting the startup and expansion of many breweries, distilleries, and wineries. These job and wealth creators help make rural communities more vibrant, and play a key role in growing the region’s outdoor rec economy by serving visitors and promoting local and regional recreation and cultural assets as part of their brands. Many have done inspired co-branding projects with the PA Wilds.