PA Wilds Conservation Shop at Kinzua Bridge reopens June 4 with modified hours, safety procedures
MOUNT JEWETT, Pa. — The PA Wilds Conservation Shop at Kinzua Bridge State Park will reopen on Thursday, June 4, with modified hours and new safety procedures after a brief closure due to COVID-19.
“We know that being able to ‘take home a piece of the Pennsylvania Wilds’ really adds to the overall experience for visitors at Kinzua Bridge. We are excited to be opening again, but we are also being mindful of potential risks and the safety of everyone at the facility,” said Libby Bloomquist, manager at the PA Wilds Conservation Shop at Kinzua Bridge. “The changes we have implemented were designed to maintain in-person operations and to protect both our staff and those who enter the shop.”
Updates at the Shop
- Hours have been changed to allow for more time for cleaning. The store will be open Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (The shop will close from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch and cleaning. No visitors will be permitted to enter after 11:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.)
- Only seven visitors will be able to enter the shop at a time to provide room for social distancing.
- Visitors will be required to wear a face covering in order to enter the shop.
- Only credit cards will be accepted at the register.
- Guests are asked to limit shopping experience to 15 minutes
- Shop conveniently online at www.ShopThePaWilds.com
“COVID-19 has altered the way business is being done. It’s challenging, for everyone, and change is difficult,” said Abbi Peters, Director of Operations at the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc., the nonprofit that manages the shop. “While these new protocols at the Conservation Shop may not be convenient, they really are rooted at the heart. Safety is our top priority. We hope our shop guests will understand and be courteous of the posted procedures. We also remind people near and far that they can shop our locally-sourced inventory at any time online at ShopThePaWilds.com.”
Located at one of the landmark destinations of the Pennsylvania Wilds, the Kinzua Skywalk, the PA Wilds Conservation Shop features products that are made by regional small businesses involved in the Wilds Cooperative of PA (WCO). The WCO, like the PA Wilds Conservation Shop, is managed by the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc., a regional nonprofit organization that seeks to marry conservation and economic development in the Pennsylvania Wilds.
ABOUT THE PENNSYLVANIA WILDS
The Pennsylvania Wilds is a 13-county region that includes the counties of Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Warren, and northern Centre. For more information on the region, visit www.PAWilds.com.
The PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc., is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to integrate conservation and economic development in a way that inspires the communities of the Pennsylvania Wilds. The PA Wilds Center works with partners to promote the region as a premier outdoor recreation destination and manages the Wilds Cooperative of PA, a business network of over 300 place-based businesses, in an effort to help businesses find new markets. For more information on the PA Wilds Center, visit www.PAWildsCenter.org. Details about the Wilds Cooperative business network can be found at www.WildsCoPA.org.
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