You make the experiences that keep people coming back. 

Wilds Cooperative Experience Makers are the place-based businesses, organizations and communities that make the PA Wilds like no other place on earth.

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Membership is free and joining can happen in 3 steps. 

1

PREP

Read our membership guidelines, participation requirements, and our “how to” guides for information on how to complete your application.

Prep by gathering the following information about your business, organization or comunity:
– Name/Title
– Physical location address 
– Hours of operation (if applicable)
– Description
(what experience do you rpvide) 
– Website URL
– Profile image (logo or photo)
– Social media handles

2

APPLY

Click on the “Join Us” button below.
Choose your “Membership Type”.
Complete the application. 
Done.

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3

WAIT

After submitting your application there will be a 24-48 review period as our team makes sure you’re a fit for our program. Once accepted you’ll receive notification via email.

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Not sure which member type to pick?

Here are some examples of where businesses, organizations and communities fit in the membership types. 

Cultural or dining establishments that provide hospitality services and complement the Pennsylvania Wilds experience, such as restaurants, theaters, museums, state parks, public art, annual events & festivals, breweries, wineries and inns.

Retail locations that sell WCO member products or outdoor recreation goods, as well as specialty/boutique shops.

These experience-driven businesses and organizations help travelers plan their trips and find their way around the region, including outfitters, guide services and visitors bureaus.

Organizations and groups that serve the public, including libraries and community centers, conservation groups, municipal and county governments,hospitals,health and wellness centers, educational institutions, heritage regions, leadership development organizations, small business development centers, chambers of commerce, realtors, and incubator/innovation centers.

Learn more: Review our Member Guidelines and participation requirements.

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Member Responsibilities

WCO members have access to an identifiable brand to help leverage products and services, and join a growing network to help expand opportunities to bring products and services to market — but it is up to each participant to make sales happen. In short, the program works best for those who make it work for them. You will need to be proactive about promoting your status and selling the unique products and experiences you’re known for.
Check out our messaging and marketing tools here. 

ANNUAL PROFILE REVIEW

Although the WCO is free to participate in, WCO members will receive a renewal notice on an annual basis. It is important that membership profiles are kept current, and this annual review will help ensure that the information remains correct, while providing an opportunity for new information to be added.

Members are encouraged to log into their accounts regularly to promote their events and activities on the WCO events calendar and connect with members.

Accounts that remain inactive for the entire year, and which are not accessed annually for review, are subject to suspension. Engagement in this program is key!

WCO NETWORKING

Business owners are encouraged to designate a portion of their retail facility to Pennsylvania Wilds Artisans, and to distinguish this area through use of the PA Wilds logo and other marketing materials, such as hangtags and signage, made available through the Artisan Workgroup.
Business owners are responsible for selecting and securing Juried Artisan products for their shop.

Every establishment is different in how it charges commissions, annual fees, buys wholesale, etc. These arrangements are left between the retailer and the artisan. Failure to pay an agreed upon commission or other breaches of contract may result in removal from the program.

Trading Posts should be proactive about contacting juried artisans and selling their artwork. Artisan work samples, bios, and contact information are available for free in the Member Directory. New artisans are juried into this program twice a year – in April and October; the WCO membership will be notified via newsletter.

Note: Securing artisan products is not always as easy as “putting in an order.” While some artisans are prepared to do wholesale orders; others do not have that capacity. Most PA Wilds artisans are one-person operations. Creative solutions and patience are sometimes required in order to get their unique products to market.

FEEDBACK

All WCO members are asked to contribute each July to a confidential feedback survey about the program. Data collected is used in aggregate to show the impact of the program and to inform future management.

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Your Success is Our Success

Shared by our members

PA wilds has been and continues to be a vital part of our business. As our growth does depend on our local makers. I have worked here for seven years and have seen the great growth not only in the number of makers but the creation of a better marketing plan that was offered to them from this organization. They are given opportunities I believe are only made possible by the PA Wilds. Thank you for your continued efforts to expand and grow.

Brandi Hanes,
Keystone Elk Country Alliance

Benezette

Our regular customers, both tourists and locals, appreciate the unique character of our area which includes many outdoor recreational activities, unique shopping, dining, and events that promote local artisans and entrepreneurs. The PA Wilds Cooperative encourages its members to work together to enhance these qualities and improve the vitality of our community for everyone. 

Pop’s Culture Shoppe

Wellsboro