The 2021 SHIFT Summit


The 2021 SHIFT Summit theme is Ensuring Access to Nature – For Human Health and the Environment, with a focus on advancing equitable access to preventive health through nature and the outdoors. The health benefits of nature are now well documented. This Annual Summit brings together researchers, funders, educators, retailers, and conservationists, along with outdoor recreation, health, military, and nature therapy professionals who share experiences, evidence, and ideas for better linking of both humans and nature. The Summit is based on sound science combined with experiential, health, stewardship, and land management aspects to balance equitable reciprocity and access to the places, flora, and fauna that we all need to exist and thrive. SHIFT Awards will also be presented for organizations and individuals who are excelling in our collective work.

Held annually since 2015, SHIFT has been historically held in Jackson, WY. Now under new organizational support by GP RED, the 2021 SHIFT Summit will be held in Grand Junction, Colorado, with strong local host involvement. We will include a variety of research, practice, and topical discussions, along with experiential aspects such as nature and forest therapy practices, and plenty of opportunities for active outdoor recreation so we can deepen our connections.

In addition, the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) will be held the three days prior. The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) trains early career leaders to help develop our work at SHIFT and throughout the world. Our vision is to build a diverse coalition of advocates who can champion the health benefits of nature and promote a more sustainable future for the planet.

Registration will open in mid-June. For additional information, see or  Interested volunteers, partners, sponsors, or exhibitors can contact Amanda Walker at

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