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    • June 16, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Kinzua Bridge State Park 296 Viaduct Road, Mt. Jewett PA, 16740
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    When: Saturday, June 16 (Rain or shine)
    Where: Kinzua Bridge State Park
    Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Set up begins at: 8 a.m. and your booth must be ready by 9 a.m.
    Fee: $20 non-refundable fee per vendor/organization: includes approximate 10X10 space (large enough for a pop-up canopy) and on-site parking
    Registration closes May 18 

    The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania boasts many artisans, creative services, and host sites that provide several all-natural products, services that promote physical wellness, and offerings that connect people with nature. Connecting the community with these resources is the mission of the first PA Wilds Conservation Shop Wellness in The Wilds event we will be holding on Saturday, June 16.

    There are so many destinations that are in your backyard that you may not know about, whether you’re up for an adventure or relaxation.  Is there a place to rent kayaks for a day on the river?  Where can you go for a weekend getaway to unwind?  Some of the best places to visit are not always the easiest to find, but are worth the effort.

    Living in the rural areas of the Pennsylvania Wilds, it’s not always easy to find products that are both good for you and good for the environment. Where does one begin to look?  Is what you’re buying online truly what you’re looking for?  Can the average person justify the higher price tags that many companies are charging for healthier products?  There are people in your community who would like to try to be healthier and use more environmentally friendly products, but feel those options may be out of their reach. You have a passion and a product that you can share with others and show them a healthy lifestyle is something they can achieve.

    With over 26,000 visitors to the center last June, this event is a great opportunity for the community to get an introduction to your services or products, see the process by which you create your products, and build a lasting relationship with you.

    Please be a part of the first PA Wilds Conservation Shop Wellness in The Wilds event. Share your knowledge during a day filled with natural products, demonstrations, and education where you can make a difference.

    • September 17, 2018
    • 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    • Online
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    2018 Fall Jury Review Session for Creative Service Partners

    You may apply to become a juried member of The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania  at any time of year. However, jury decisions are made twice annually; you may choose between two membership cycles:

    • Fall Membership

      • submission deadline:  third Monday in September

      • jury decision: no later than the third Monday in October

      • membership year:  November 1 (current year) - October 31 (following year)

      If you missed the spring  jury deadline you may register for the 2019  Spring Jury Review Session.

    Jurying is required for Artisans (Visual, Food & Craft) and Creative Service Partners.  This jury session is only for Creative Service Partners, if you are applying as an Artisan please register for your unique jury session here

    Jury panels, made up of professionals from relevant fields, will decide about acceptance into the program after reviewing your application materials, including the required images and the information you complete when registering for the jury session

    Renewing members must undergo jurying at least once every five years.

    Juries are convened twice yearly to evaluate applications and images, complete scoring sheets, and write comments designed to be helpful in marketing or promotion, or further improvement.  Read our Membership Guidelines here to review the membership types, benefits and also more details about decision criteria. 


    DECISION CRITERIA

    Creative Service Partners’ applications and related images are evaluated on artistic/technical merit (80 percent), marketability (20 percent).

    You may read more about the Jury process here.

    • September 17, 2018
    • 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    • Online
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    2018 Fall Jury Review Session

    You may apply to become a juried member of The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania  at any time of year. However, jury decisions are made twice annually; you may choose between two membership cycles:

    • Fall Membership

      • submission deadline:  third Monday in September

      • jury decision: no later than the third Monday in October

      • membership year:  November 1 (current year) - October 31 (following year)

      If you missed the spring  jury deadline you may register for the 2018 Fall Jury Review Session.

    Jurying is required for Artisans (Visual, Food & Craft) and Creative Service Partners.  This jury session is only for Artisans, if you are applying as a Creative Service Partner please register for your unique jury session here 

    Jury panels, made up of professionals from relevant fields, will decide about acceptance into the program after reviewing your application materials, including the required images and the information you complete when registering for the jury session. For a variety of reasons, tasting is unfortunately not a required part of the review of food items.  Only in rare cases might juries request food samples.

    Renewing members must undergo jurying at least once every five years.

    Juries are convened twice yearly to evaluate applications and images, complete scoring sheets, and write comments designed to be helpful in marketing or promotion, or further improvement.  Read our Membership Guidelines here to review the membership types, benefits and also more details about decision criteria. 


    DECISION CRITERIA

    Artists’ applications and related images are evaluated on artistic merit (70 percent), marketability (20 percent) and design/material sourcing (10 percent).

    Juries for artisan food producers, craft artists and local eateries focus first on local aspects such as ingredient/material sourcing (40 percent), followed by aesthetics & technique (30 percent), presentation and marketability (20 percent) and value-added features (10 percent).

    You may read more about the Jury process here.

    • October 20, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Kinzua Bridge State Park, 1721 Lindholm Drive, Mt. Jewett, PA 16740

    It’s that time of year when all thoughts go to gifts, meals, decorations, company…oh the stress of the holiday season is almost upon us. For those few that started shopping early, they just shake their heads in wonder. For those who wait until the last minute, they shake their heads in fear. 

    The Fall Marketplace event is a great opportunity for you to help your neighbors eliminate one worry from the holiday season. No one wants to travel out of town, fight traffic, shop in congested malls, stand in long lines, and then make the long trip home. Members of The PA Wilds Cooperative provide such a variety of handmade, unique, items that when opened elicit a response that your average, everyday, cookie cutter, assembly line items may not. You have a gift. Share your passion with the community and join us at the Fall Marketplace on October 20.

    When: Saturday, October 20 (rain or shine), 10-4 pm

    Where: Kinzua Bridge State Park, 1721 Lindholm Drive, Mt. Jewett, PA  16740

    Fee: $20 Non-refundable fee per vendor/organization: includes approximate 10x10 space (large enough for a pop-up canopy) and on-site parking

    Registration closes September 21

    • January 01, 2019
    • Online
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    USING THE PA WILDS LOGO : Licensing Program Summary

    PURPOSE

    The PA Wilds Licensing Program provides a way for businesses and organizations to apply to use the PA Wilds logo on saleable and non-saleable products to help them leverage their business and community development efforts.

    TYPES OF USES

    There are two main types of logo uses:

    Non-Saleable Uses include using the logo on business or event websites,banners, rack cards, signage and other marketing materials not sold in the marketplace. There is no cost for this type of use but a one-page application is required. Approval takes about one week, the application can be found here. 

    Saleable Uses include using the logo on t-shirts, hats and other merchandise to be sold to customers. These types of uses require a contract and membership in The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania.
    A standard royalty is collected: 9% on wholesale or 4.5% retail. Royalties go to support the work of the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, a regional non-profit dedicated to growing  the region’s nature and heritage tourism industry.

    ELIGIBILITY

    Businesses, organizations and individuals serving the Pennsylvania Wilds region may apply to use the logo on saleable or non-saleable items. All participants must adhere to the standards defined in the PA Wilds Brand Book.

    HOW TO APPLY

    The application for non-saleable logo uses can be found by visiting here

    Continue with this application to apply for saleable use of the PA Wilds logo. 

    The PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship welcomes the opportunity to meet with companies exploring saleable uses of the PA Wilds logo. Contact us today to learn more about the logo property, to discuss ideas or talk next steps.

    • January 01, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 PM
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    The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania is accepting applications for wholesale suppliers to stock the 300 sq. ft gift shop at the new Kinzua Bridge State Park Visitor Center. To be considered applicants must meet eligibility requirements:

    Preferred Terms.
    We will be buying inventory (no consignment) to stock the gift shop and preference will be given to vendors that can extend Net 30 terms.

    Wilds Cooperative Members.
    Vendors must be Juried Artisans or Creative Service partners in good standing. Not a member? For info on how to join visit The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania.

    Wholesale Pricing.
    Vendors must create work that can be reproduced and sold in quantities of 20 or more and offer wholesale pricing (we use keystone pricing to calculate our retail pricing). Selected vendors will be invited to submit this information in digital form via a buyers' pack.

    You can read more about the opportunity here

    As you fill out the application please be sure to complete all of the fields with as much description as possible.  We may not be familiar with your work and this is the time to let us know what and how you make your products. 

Past events

May 12, 2018 A Day for Mom
March 19, 2018 2018 Spring Jury Review for Creative Service Partners
March 19, 2018 2018 Spring Jury Review for Artisans
March 03, 2018 2018 PA Wilds Conservation Shop Buyers Market
February 12, 2018 Underwriting Opportunities: 2018 PA Wilds Dinner & Creative Entrepreneur's Conference
November 03, 2017 Creative Makers Opening Night
November 01, 2017 2017-2018 Signage Grant Application
October 24, 2017 Growing Your Business in the PA Wilds - Clinton County
September 26, 2017 Growing Your Business in the PA Wilds - Tioga County
April 07, 2017 2017 Fall Jury Review
April 01, 2017 PA Wilds Conservation Shop Buyers Market
January 30, 2017 2017 PA Wilds Arts Fest Application
January 27, 2017 2017 PA Wilds Arts Fest Registration for Wilds Cooperative Members
September 26, 2016 2017 Spring Jury Review
May 19, 2016 2016 Fall Jury Review
May 18, 2016 Wholesale Supplier Workshop
April 05, 2016 Annual Advisory Board Meeting
February 09, 2016 PA Wilds Artisan Trail Branding Strategy Pitch
February 05, 2016 2016 PA Wilds Arts Fest Application
January 01, 2016 2016 Spring Jury Review
December 09, 2015 Artisan Trail Branding Forum
October 21, 2015 Making the Brand Work for You - Clinton County
August 21, 2015 Making the Brand Work for You - Lycoming County
August 19, 2015 Making the Brand Work for You - Clarion County
August 13, 2015 Making the Brand Work for You - Tioga County
July 29, 2015 Making the Brand Work for You - Centre County
July 22, 2015 Making the Brand Work for You - Forest County
July 12, 2015 Making the Brand Work for You - Jefferson County
July 08, 2015 Making the Brand Work for You - Potter County
June 13, 2015 Making the Brand Work for You - Elk County Afternoon
June 13, 2015 Making the Brand Work for You - Elk County Morning
June 13, 2015 Proudly Made in the PA Wilds Arts Fest
June 03, 2015 Making the Brand Work for You - McKean County
The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania is a program of the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, a regional non-profit. Find them online at facebook.com/pawildsTreps or Twitter @pawildsTreps

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