Happy Hour: The Modern-Day Activist

As populations grow and more people engage in pursuits outside, responsible recreation – one that fosters and is informed by a conservation ethic while promoting diverse, inclusive and next-generation engagement – is essential for the future protection and use of our lands and waters. How can we elevate responsible recreation as a behavioral norm in the human-powered outdoor rec community, connect all people to the outdoors, and engage them in the decision-making processes that affect the places in which we play?

This panel discussion, presented by The Wilderness Society, features Official Selections from The 2017 SHIFT Awards in the Adventure Athlete and Non-Profit Leadership category in a conversation about what it means to be both a professional and recreational athlete in an increasingly fragile world.

The discussion, which takes place upstairs at Hand Fire Pizza, is free and open to the public. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

Moderator: Taimur Ahmad, Recreation and Forest Policy Fellow, The Wilderness Society (2016 Emerging Leader)


  • Luke Nelson, athlete, activist, physician’s assistant (2017 SHIFT Award Official Selection/Adventure Athlete)
  • Shelma Jun, Founder, Flash Foxy, The Women’s Climbing Festival, The Not Nothing Collective (2017 SHIFT Award Official Selection/Adventure Athlete)
  • Forrest Shearer, snowboarder, climate change activist (2017 SHIFT Award Official Selection/Adventure Athlete)
  • Miho Aida, documentary filmmaker, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator, NatureBridge (2017 SHIFT Award Official Selection/Adventure Athlete)
  • Katie Holsinger, Microplastics Project Manager, Adventure Scientists (2017 SHIFT Award Official Selection/Non-Profit Leadership)

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