SHIFT Spring Retreat

When: Thursday, May 19, 12-7 p.m.—Friday, May 20, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: The Murie Center, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Facilitated by Robyn Paulekas of The Meridian Institute, this gathering of SHIFT’s Advisory Council and friends will explore how to advance the first of the Principles for Advancing Outdoor Recreation and Conservation. It is:

Outdoor recreation and conservation require that a diversity of lands and waters be publicly owned, available for public access, and well-stewarded. The uniquely American public land heritage is a privilege and a birthright. Stewardship of our public lands – including waters and wildlife – is our responsibility.


Thursday, May 19

12:30   Lunch, introductions in the Homestead

1:30     Welcome, meeting goals

2:00     Session I

4:30     Outdoor break

6:30     Reception in the Homestead

7:00     Dinner

Friday, May 20

7:30     Breakfast, in the Homestead

8:30     Session II

12:00   Working Lunch

12:30   Session III

3:00    Depart

Accommodations are available at the Murie Ranch. There is no cost for cabin accommodations and meals. N.B.: Cell phone service is poor at the Ranch.

Confirmed participants are as follows:

Federal Land Management

  • Meryl Harrel, Senior Advisor, Natural Resources and Environment, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Linda Merigliano, Recreation, Wilderness and Trails Program Manager, Jackson District, Bridger-Teton National Forest
  • Bob Ratcliffe, Director, Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Program, National Park Service
  • Mike Schlafmann, Public Services Staff Officer, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, U.S Forest Service

Outdoor Recreation

  • Caroleigh Pierce, Nonprofit Outreach Manager, Klean Kanteen
  • Luther Propst, Chair, The Outdoor Alliance
  • John Gale, Conservation Director, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers
  • Jessica Wahl, Recreation Policy Advisor, Outdoor Industry Association

Youth Engagement & DEI

  • Courtney Aber, Director, YMCA’s BOLD/GOLD program
  • Curt Collier, National Youth Programs Director, Groundwork USA
  • Jose Gonzalez, Founder, Latino Outdoors
  • Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin, Principal, The Avarna Group
  • Rob Terry, National Director of Program Operations, Student Conservation Association


  • Matt Kirby, Senior Campaign Representative, Our Wild America, The Sierra Club
  • Marcia Kunstel, Board, The Wilderness Society
  • Brooke Larsen, Co-Founder, UpLift


  • Ryan Dunfee, Managing Editor, Teton Gravity Research
  • Yoon Kim, Director, Outdoor Blogger Summit
  • Paul Larmer, Executive Director and Publisher, High Country News

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