Held each October in the spectacular valley of Jackson Hole, SHIFT celebrates the intersection of conservation with Nature (the natural environment), Culture (the built environment) and Adventure (outdoor recreation). How can you enjoy the 2014 SHIFT Festival? We’re glad you asked….


FoodSHIFT: Jackson Hole’s food culture is as spectacular as its environment. FoodSHIFT, America’s first sustainable food week, offers five days and nights of food-focused activities that explore the intersection of food, health, sustainability and place with the chefs, producers, nutritionists and educators making it happen. Wed., Oct. 8 – Sun., Oct. 12, locations throughout Jackson Hole


The SHIFT Summit: Showcasing the most effective, innovative sustainability initiatives from communities like Jackson Hole around North America, The SHIFT Summit is a hub of best practices, a policy incubator and a network accelerator for anyone committed to the preservation of natural capital. Wed., Oct. 8 – Fri., Oct. 10, National Museum of Wildlife Art

Tools for Tomorrow: Modeled on the Jackson Hole Conservation Leadership Institute and inspired by Patagonia’s Tools for the Grassroots Activist program, Tools for Tomorrow uses speakers and interactive workshops to teach participants how to plan and win a conservation campaign. Featuring renowned urban planner Chuck Marohn. Sat., Oct. 11 – Sun., Oct. 12, The Wort Hotel


Outside SHIFT: Whether it’s a mountain bike ride on Snow King, fishing on Flat Creek or photographic forays among the bugling elk, our Outside SHIFT program lets guides, locals and participants network while enjoying an unforgettable Jackson Hole experience. Wed., Oct. 8 – Sun., Oct. 12, locations throughout Jackson Hole

Subaru presents HIGHER, a film by TGR: Adventurers have long played pivotal roles in American conservation history. On Saturday, October 11, join The 2014 SHIFT Festival as we honor the next generation of adventure activists with the Jackson Hole premiere of Jeremy Jones’ latest epic film. Sat., Oct. 11, Center for the Arts

Tree Huggers, Culture Vultures and Adrenaline Junkies: Presented by Purple Orange, Tree Huggers, Culture Vultures and Adrenaline Junkies explores the confluence of conservation, media and outdoor recreation with a cocktail hour panel discussion. Sat., Oct. 11, 5-7 p.m., Pinky G’s


The Jackson Hole Wilderness Rendezvous: Bring the family, and join us in Grand Teton National Park to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act with the Jackson Hole Wilderness Rendezvous – a day of interpretive walks, art exhibitions, and an historical reflection, by Ed Zahniser, on his father’s role in the Wilderness Act. Sunday, Oct. 12, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.,
Grand Teton National Park and Bridger-Teton National Forest

Barry Lopez: Presented by the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Barry Lopez, “the nation’s premier nature writer” and winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction for Arctic Dreams closes the 2014 SHIFT Festival with an examination of the relationship between human culture and physical landscape. Sun., Oct. 12, 7–9 p.m., National Museum of Wildlife Art

Asher Jay: Join National Geographic Emerging Explorer and creative conservationist Asher Jay on Thursday evening for a talk about her latest exhibit Tusk, Horn, Flesh & Bone, at The National Museum of Wildlife. Thursday, Oct. 9, 6-9 p.m., National Museum of Wildlife Art


SHIFTDrinks: With SHIFT’s version of Happy Hour, cocktails are crafted with sustainability in mind. Local mixologists won’t just serve up drinks; they’ll give mini-workshops in transforming garden- and farmers’ market-finds into tasty, nutritious libations. At drinking holes throughout the valley

The People’s Banquet, Featuring Dr. Marion Nestle: On Friday night, The People’s Banquet, SHIFT’s popular celebration of sustainable food systems, pairs local chefs with local producers to create a sustainable, delicious, all-you-can-eat evening at the award-winning, 525-seat Center for the Arts. Featuring a keynote address by internationally renowned food advocate Dr. Marion Nestle. Fri., Oct. 10, 5–11 p.m., Center for the Arts

Keynote Speakers: Jeremy Jones, Peter Metcalf, Auden Schendler and Chuck Marohn are just a few of the luminaries who help us celebrate the relationship between the natural environment, the built environment and outdoor recreation. Keynote speakers nightly


More about SHIFT:

Held each October in Jackson Hole, SHIFT is an annual festival that celebrates the intersection of conservation with Nature (the natural environment), Culture (the built environment) and Adventure (outdoor recreation).

Conservation lies at the core of Jackson Hole’s environment, economy and character. Over the past 140 years, the region has been the epicenter of some of North America’s seminal conservation efforts, including the formation of Yellowstone, the world’s first national park, the drafting of the Wilderness Act, and the expansion of Grand Teton National Park to its current boundaries.

In 1938, Aldo Leopold defined conservation as “a balanced relationship between man and land.” Sustainability helps us attain and maintain that balance. Today, numerous agencies, organizations, businesses and individuals continue to build upon Jackson Hole’s legacy of balance. At the core of our community’s ongoing efforts lies a simple fact: our economic and cultural vitality are directly connected to the region’s environmental quality.

This phenomenon is not unique to Jackson Hole. Throughout North America, some of our most beautiful and well-known communities—places like Bar Harbor, Moab, Sayulita and Hanalei—enjoy a similar relationship between economy, character and natural capital. We call such communities GEMS: Gateways to Environments of Major Significance. Each of these GEMS shares a fundamental reality: over the long term, they can be no healthier than the environments in which they reside.

These GEMS share another trait: they attract both millions of visitors each year and quality-of-life recruits drawn by the magnificence of the surroundings. When they serve as models of sustainability, they have a unique opportunity to influence the behavior of their guests. By fostering sustainability in North American GEMS, SHIFT seeks to promote them as beacons of possibility—and, by extension, to affect the world they influence.




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