Nominations for 2019 SHIFT Awards Now Open

Nominations for The 2019 SHIFT Awards, which recognize individuals, initiatives and organizations that leverage outdoor recreation for conservation gains, are now open. 

Nominations made be made by filling out this survey. Self-nominations are welcome.

The 2019 SHIFT Festival, which will take place October 16-18 in Jackson, will focus on the health benefits of outdoor recreation. Accordingly, the 2019 Awards will place a particular emphasis on work that confers mental and physical health benefits via nature contact.

Each year, SHIFT researches individuals, organizations and initiatives from around North America that leverage outdoor rec for conservation gains and evaluates their work using specific criteria: Impact, Innovation, Replicability, and, beginning in 2018, “Outside Rx” (the health benefits of time outside).

The work determined to be most impactful, innovative and replicable is considered for The SHIFT Awards. (A complete list of work researched to date and criteria used in our evaluations may be found here.) Representatives of official selections for the Awards are then invited to the annual SHIFT Festival, which is designed to showcase their work.

The 2019 SHIFT Festival will complement the evidence for public health as an ecosystem service with best practices from around the country that are connecting Americans to time outside in impactful, innovative and replicable ways. The SHIFT Awards highlight and honor those best practices.

The survey is designed to capture 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 2019 SHIFT Awards:

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

“Over the years, research for The SHIFT Awards has helped us showcase some of the most exciting work in the field,” said Christian Beckwith, SHIFT’s director. “We’re looking forward to using this year’s Awards to raise the value proposition of nature in American society.”


The deadline for SHIFT Award nominations is May 31, 2019 at midnight Pacific Time

Rocket Fuel