Nominations for the 2020 SHIFT Awards Now Open

Nominations for the 7th annual SHIFT Awards, which recognize individuals, initiatives and organizations that advance or promote the health benefits of time outside, are now open. 

Nominations can be made here. Self-nominations are welcome.

The 2020 SHIFT Summit, which will take place October 14-16 in Jackson Hole, WY, will complement the evidence for the health benefits of exposure to nature with “best practices’ from around the country that are connecting people to time outside in impactful, innovative and replicable ways.

We use The SHIFT Awards to identify the best practices. 

Each year, we research individuals, organizations and initiatives that are advancing and promoting the health benefits of outdoor recreation and evaluate their work using specific criteria: Impact, Innovation, Replicability and “Outside Rx” (the health benefits of time outside).

  • To evaluate the work’s Impact, we consider whether it has produced measurable, meaningful, and long-term improvements in its community, economy and/or surrounding ecosystem.
  • To evaluate Innovation, we consider whether it provides unique or new approaches to the challenges it seeks to address.
  • To evaluate Replicability, we consider how easily it could be scaled to other communities.
  • To evaluate Outside Rx, we consider whether it helps to advance and promote the health benefits of exposure to or contact with nature. 

The work determined to be most impactful, innovative and replicable is considered for The SHIFT Awards. Representatives of Official Selections for the Awards are then invited to SHIFT, which is designed to showcase their work.

A complete list of past winners, dating back to the inaugural 2014 awards, is available through the SHIFT website. 

The nomination form captures information about relevant work and where it fits within the broader national effort to promote and advance the health benefits of time outside. It will also be used to identify nominees for the seven categories of The 2020 SHIFT Awards:

  • Business Leadership
  • Non-Profit Leadership
  • Public Land-Management Innovation
  • Adventure Athlete
  • Youth Engagement
  • Technology
  • Clinical Research

For the past seven years, research for The SHIFT Awards has helped us showcase some of the most exciting work in the field. If you have work, including your own, that you would like to nominate for consideration, we encourage you to do so.

The deadline for SHIFT Award nominations is May 18, 2020 at midnight Pacific Time.


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