Each year, SHIFT researchers identify individuals, organizations or initiatives from around the United States that leverage outdoor rec for conservation gains, and then evaluate them using three criteria: Impact, Innovation and Replicability.
A description of this criteria may be found here.
The work determined to be most impactful, innovative and replicable is then nominated for the SHIFT Awards, which have seven categories:
Representatives of nominated work are invited to share their efforts with our participants at each year’s SHIFT.
The Venture Collective represents the outdoor rec/conservation landscape that has developed from this research. It comprises organizations, individuals and initiatives that are committed to leveraging outdoor recreation for conservation gains.
The map below showcases the work that we have researched to date, and represents efforts from around the country that are successfully meeting challenges at the nexus of outdoor recreation and conservation. Use the filters to narrow your search by our award categories.