“I can safely say my life was changed by this gathering of brilliant minds and passionate hearts.”

—Alyssa Ravasio, Founder, Hipcamp


We know the drill: fly into a conference, check into your busy hotel, run around between keynotes and workshops packed full of people, have a few happy hour drinks, and then head home, exhausted and bursting with information and names you likely won’t remember.


What makes SHIFT different?


SHIFT’s programmatic design is developed around two elements integral to our goal of facilitating networking and the showcasing of best practices. Think tanks and working groups are designed to be interactive, and are complemented by networking sessions during lunch, happy hours and on the afternoon of the closing day. 

  • Evening events cross-pollinate the daytime programming with provocative speakers and subjects that disrupt conventional thinking and approaches related to outdoor recreation, public health and our natural world.
  • Participants from The Emerging Leaders Program incorporate personal narrative in order to place the work in a human context and facilitate a more equitable, inclusive collaboration between natural allies.



We’ve all been to the conferences that load you with data and information you’re not quite sure what to do with. Not here. SHIFT goes both wide and deep, zeroing in on critical, industry-specific issues and focused topics that give you replicable strategies you can put into action. 

Our workshops are intimate. Connect with allies from various disciplines around tables of 6 to brainstorm solutions. You’ll walk away with actionable frameworks to bring home and new friends to help put them into action.

Featured workshops: A Sustainable Revenue Model for Nature Contact, Community Toolkits, Parks Rx Best Practices


Put Nature As Medicine Into Action

As Dr David Strayer and his team from the University of Utah Cognition Lab (2019 Official Selection) are examining, time outside has positive benefits for your cognitive recall and attention restoration. Take a discussion outside with our sponsor AllTrails and connect with nature. Plus SHIFT attendees will receive a free PRO subscription to AllTrails for the year to connect you to inspiring hikes wherever you go. 

Featured programs: Hike with AllTrails, Shinrin Yoku with Amos Clifford


Thought Leaders 

What do a National Geographic Explorer, an innovative physician, and an award-winning filmmaker all have in common? They’re some of the keynote speakers at SHIFT, bringing their perspectives as anthropologists, practicing doctors, researchers, cinematographers.

In addition, we feature the most innovative and replicable work in our SHIFT Awards, and we’re coalescing the leading researchers in health benefits of nature contact to present their work.

Featured Keynote speakers: Wade Davis (Nat Geo), Dr. Christopher Golden ( Harvard), Sylvie Rokab ( Award Wiining Filmmaker)


“SHIFT attracts the top thought leaders in the outdoor space in a way that I have not seen another conference even attempt”



At SHIFT, you’ll find a unique cross-section of thoughtleaders and influencers at the heart of every discussion. Healthcare executives, conservation advocates, policy makers, and researchers work together on frameworks we can all use ot advance common objectives. Our participants may come from different walks of life but they all share the same passion for making the world a better place through access to the outdoors.

We convene natural allies—who may not yet know they’re natural allies—in ways that foster collaboration, innovation and bold new ideas.


Jackson Hole

Set in the iconic Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming is a hotspot of outdoor recreation, public lands, old west heritage, and scenic vistas.

The shoulder season in Jackson Hole means lower prices, restaurant specials, friendly locals and a relaxed pace.  Autumn means fall foliage, bugling elk, uncrowded trails and rivers and crisp, clear days, all in the shadow of the magnificent Tetons. With plenty of inspiration to get you outside and moving, it’s the ideal location to discuss nature as a social determinant of health.


Accessibility (direct flights from major airports), snow-dusted mountains, world-class amenities, abundant wildlife and gold-medal trail systems make Jackson Hole the perfect place to inspire the outdoor recreation/conservation/public health partnership.

Not sure whether to fly or drive? Interested in booking a hotel? Check out our guide to Jackson Hole on a budget to sort out your travel!

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