SHIFT Award Research Maps Outdoor Rec/Conservation Landscape

CREDIT: David J Swift

SHIFT Director Christian Beckwith presents The Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association with a SHIFT Award in 2014. Now, all the research done on the awards has been catalogued in a map.

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 for their progress. The work determined to be most impactful, innovative and replicable is then nominated for The SHIFT Awards, which are announced at the annual SHIFT Festival.

In keeping with SHIFT’s mission to amplify positive work and remove silos that have constrained opportunities for success, the work we have researched to date has been catalogued in an interactive map.

The map, which represents the results of three years of research, allows organizations that are leveraging outdoor recreation for conservation gains to see related efforts from around the United States.

Research for the 2017 SHIFT Awards has already begun. Information for the 2017 SHIFT Awards will be released by March 31.

Those interested in being considered as part of the 2017 research are encouraged to contact Chris Perkins ( for more information.

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