Held each October in the spectacular valley of Jackson Hole, SHIFT is an annual festival that celebrates the future of conservation with food, film, speakers, workshops and outdoor adventure. From October 7-10, the 2015 Festival will feature an in-depth exploration of the opportunities and challenges at the intersection of conservation and outdoor recreation, with a goal of leveraging outdoor recreation for conservation gains. Read more....
Outdoor recreationalists, land managers and conservation advocates realize their greatest opportunities for effectiveness when they address issues of common concern with a unified voice. Working against this natural alliance is the fact that its constituents often act in isolation. The solution? SHIFT. SHIFT is the only gathering of its kind that unites outdoor recreationalists, land managers and conservation advocates around the common goal of protecting North America’s public lands and waters. Since the days of John Muir, active engagement with the outdoors has produced some of our strongest and most inspiring conservation leaders. Today, with the membership of traditional conservation organizations aging, outdoor recreation offers a remarkable opportunity to reinvigorate the protection of our public lands—but only if the next generation of stewards is able to engage with the outdoors in the first place.
Conservation and outdoor recreation coexist at the core of Jackson Hole’s environment, economy and character. The Greater Yellowstone Ecosytem is the birthplace of some of the world’s seminal conservation efforts, including the formation of Yellowstone, the world’s first national park, the expansion of Grand Teton National Park to its current boundaries, and the drafting of the Wilderness Act. America’s signature mountain town is also an outdoor recreation mecca, inspiring countless visitors from around the world to climb the mountains, ski the ridges, bike the valleys and fish the rivers. Conservation and outdoor rec have lived side-by-side in Jackson Hole since Nathaniel Langford and James Stevenson ditched the Hayden Geological Survey in 1872 to attempt the Grand Teton. Simply put, there's no better place to explore ways to leverage the ongoing relationship for the protection of America’s natural resources.
IT'S AUTUMN. Autumn in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem means fall foliage, bugling elk, an abundance of blue-ribbon recreational opportunities and crisp, clear days, all in the shadow of the magnificent Tetons.
IT'S THE SHOULDER SEASON. The shoulder season in Jackson Hole means lower prices, restaurant specials, no crowds and a relaxed pace.
IT'S JACKSON HOLE. Accessibility (direct flights from major airports), charismatic megafauna, quintessential mountain landscapes, stunning lakes and rivers, world-class amenities, influential audiences and a legacy of conservation and outdoor recreation make Jackson Hole the perfect location to inspire the outdoor recreation/conservation partnership.