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Our Story

"Does it matter where the stuff you buy comes from? We think so. "

It matters where the stuff you buy comes from. That is why we’ve put a lot of thought into how we source products at our PA Wilds Conservation Shops, which are physical gift shops tied to public lands and communities in the PA Wilds that source products made in our region.

Our shop is located at Kinzua Bridge State Park in the Allegheny National Forest and Surrounds. One of our main product lines is The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania, a network of more than 175 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.

Our products 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 we find a responsible company with competitive prices where we can source the soft goods, we work with local companies in the Pennsylvania Wilds to place the order for ‘blanks,’ and then these 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.

This investment ripples out. 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!

Visit our location at Kinzua Bridge State Park, where you can learn the history of what was once considered the Eighth Wonder of the World. Our exhibits are interactive and feature local wildlife, conservation lessons learned from oil and lumber efforts, regional innovation, and the story surrounding the Kinzua Viaduct.

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All orders placed after 2 p.m. on a weekday will be shipped the following day  
At this time US Priority Mail is the fastest method of shipping, we do not offer overnight or expedited shipping.

Refund Policy

Refunds and exchanges can be made for items unworn, unwashed, undamaged, and saleable with original tags and packaging. Refunds and exchanges must be made within 30 days of the original purchase.

To make a return, refund, replacement, or exchange, first customers will need to create an RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization). Customers that used the guest checkout should use the link below to submit an RMA and follow the prompts. Customers that ordered through their account will need to log back into their account and submit an RMA in the “Return An Item” section.

Customers are responsible for the shipping costs to return the item(s). Upon receipt of the returned item(s), the customer will be notified the return was received and issued a refund to the original form of payment as long as our requirements for returns are met. We try our best to take care of all our customers.

If the customer wishes to exchange one product for another, the customer is encouraged to create a new order for the new product. The customer can wait until the returned item is received and a refund is issued to make the purchase or make the purchase immediately, knowing a refund should be issued once the returned product(s) are received at our shop.

To submit an RMA:

· Go to PA Wilds online store: https://shopthepawilds.com

· Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Request Return”

· Enter your order number and email address and click “Submit RMA”

· On the next screen that pops up, click on “Create Request”

· Answer the questions on the New Request page that pops up – use the comments section to describe issues such as sizing and attach images to illustrate these issues if possible or necessary

· Click “Submit RMA”

Once the RMA is submitted, the customer will then receive email instructions on where to return the item.

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