PA Wilds Conservation Shops

Helping regional travelers take home a piece of the PA Wilds

PA Wilds Conservation Shops are gift shops that feature products made in the PA Wilds by local artisans and craftspeople. Conservation Shops help connect PA Wilds travelers with locally-made products. They also create a consistent experience on the ground, but you can easily find them here on the Marketplace, too!

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Kinzua Bridge State Park

1721 Lindolm Drive
Mount Jewett, PA 16740

KBSP Store Hours*

Sunday through Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM

Lycoming County Visitors Center

102 W 4th St.
Williamsport, PA 17701

LCVC Hours*

Tuesday through Friday 10 AM to 3 PM

Saturday 9 AM to 3 PM

Leonard Harrison State Park

4869 Route 660
Wellsboro, PA  16901

LHSP Store Hours*

Thursday through Monday 10 AM to 4 PM

*Store hours are subject to change based on season

 

With Thanks to Our Partners

Strategic partnerships enable PA Wilds Conservation Shop gift shops to be located across the region. Shops located at state parks are made possible by a unique public-private partnership between the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, which manages the public lands, and the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc., the nonprofit that manages the gift shops. Community satellite shops are supported by strategic partnerships with local organizations, including the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau for our pilot satellite shop.

You Can Feel Good About Our Sourcing

Ninety percent of the products featured at PA Wilds Conservation Shops are made in the PA Wilds. The PA Wilds Center, the nonprofit that manages the shops and the PA Wilds Marketplace, spends thousands of dollars each year buying inventory and value-added products directly from local businesses and craftspeople for the Conservation Shops, creating important work opportunities that support families and communities. 

The Conservation Shops also carry various soft goods, including PA Wilds-branded and state park-branded t-shirts, totes, hats and other apparel. These are sourced using industry and conservation resources such as One Green Planet’s “A Guide to Buying Sustainable, Fair-Trade and Cruelty-Free Clothing.”  Once Conservation Shop staff finds a responsible company with competitive prices to source the soft goods, they work with local companies in the PA Wilds to place the order for ‘blanks.’ Then the local companies are hired to give the products their value-added component, be that creating a design for a new line of t-shirts, stitching embroidered patches on fleece jackets, screen printing, or some other service.

It’s not a perfect system, but it is one that the PA Wilds Center has put a lot of thought into, that lives up to our Brand Principles, that is making a difference to small-scale producers and business owners in rural PA – and that we feel you, the consumer, can feel good about.

According to the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA), independent locally-owned businesses -- like those involved in The Wilds Cooperative of PA and our gift shops – recirculate a far greater percentage of revenue locally compared to absentee-owned businesses or locally-owned franchises. AMIBA reviewed 10 studies in this area, concluding that “on average 48 percent of each purchase at local independent businesses was recirculated locally, compared to less than 14 percent of purchases at chain stores.” 

In other words, when you spend locally at our gift 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!



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