The SHIFT Summit: Day 1

Day 1 of the SHIFT Summit features a presentation of the Principles for the Advancement of Outdoor Recreation and Conservation; a Marketplace of some of the most innovative and impactful outdoor recreation initiatives from around the continent that advance conservation gains; and an exploration of Conservation Leadership and Youth Engagement, with some of the leading influencers in the country.

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7:00 am: Breakfast Discourse: Youth Engagement

The Wort, Jackson Room

Representatives from local, regional and national organizations gather to discuss conservation leadership and youth engagement.

8:00 am: Additional registration

Center for the Arts Box Office

9:00 am: Welcome and Day 1 agenda review

Center for the Arts Theater Stage

9:15 am: Principles for the Advancement of Outdoor Recreation and Conservation

Center for the Arts Theater Stage

Building upon discussions that occurred during the 2014 SHIFT Roundtable on Land Conservation, Wilderness Advocacy & Human-Powered Outdoor Recreation, from June 18-19 at The Murie Center in Grand Teton National Park, Moose, Wyoming, The Conservation Recreation Summit convened fifteen outdoor recreationalists, conservationists and land managers to explore opportunities for better protection of North America’s natural resources. At the Summit’s conclusion, a set of principles, dubbed Principles for the Advancement of Outdoor Recreation and Conservation, was developed to guide recreation and conservation decisions in North America. This panel presents the Principles, followed by plenary discussion from the audience.

Moderator: Luther Propst, Chair, The Outdoor Alliance


  • Whit Fosburgh, President and CEO, The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
  • Aaron Clark, Conservation Manager, The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)
  • Michael Carrol, Senior Director of National Partnerships, The Wilderness Society
  • Deanne Buck, Executive Director, The Outdoor Industry Women’s Coalition
  • Meryl L. R. Harrell, Senior Advisor, Natural Resources and Environment, U.S. Department of Agriculture

10:15 am: Coffee

Center Theater Lobby

10:30 am: Marketplace | Sharing successes, inspiration, and innovation

Using a world café format, participants will rotate among small groups to discuss initiatives identified in SHIFT research that leverage outdoor recreation for conservation gains. Each initiative will be grouped according to topic (Conservation Leadership, Responsible Recreation, Outdoor Access); as particpants rotate among groups, they will build on previous conversations sparked by what the initiatives are doing and how they are doing it. Participants will be asked to respond to specific questions that encourage them to share successes stories and innovative approaches to encouraging partnerships between outdoor recreation and conservation in their community.

12:00 pm: Lunch

Lunch is available at walkable, local restaurants and food carts in front of the Center for the Arts. 

1:30 pm: Conservation Leadership | Lightning talks and plenary discussion

Center for the Arts Theater Stage

Core question: How do we insure that the legacy of conservation championship by outdoor recreationists represents the full spectrum of the American experience, and that tomorrow’s leaders have both the opportunities and the tools to continue the work of their predecessors?

Moderated by Chris Rutgers, 5 presenters each have exactly 5 minutes to share initial ideas and reactions to the sub-theme question. The remainder of the time (approximately 25-30 minutes), panelists will respond to each other’s ideas and react to the other discussion questions, with participation from the audience.

Moderator: Chris Rutgers, Founder, Transforming Youth Outdoors


2:30 pm: Conservation Leadership | Small group discussions

Breakout rooms

Participants will self select to small group discussions of 10-15 participants to dive deeper into this topic. Subgroups include:

  • Youth engagement
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • From one-time participant to lifelong steward

Small group discussions will focus on 1) identifying the biggest challenges 2) identifying what is currently working or being done by initiatives to address these challenges, and 3) identifying actions (collective or individual) that can address these challenges.

4:00 p.m.: Conservation Leadership | Report Back

Center for the Arts Theater Stage

Report back and plenary discussion on major actions suggested as part of the conservation leadership small group discussion.


For an overview of the SHIFT Summit, Day 2, click here.


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