SHIFT festival and summit: Where conservation and outdoor recreation come together

Where conservation and outdoor recreation come together

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Held each October in the spectacular valley of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, SHIFT is an annual festival that celebrates the outdoor recreation and conservation partnership with food, film, speakers, workshops and outdoor adventure. Set at the forefront of the 2015 SHIFT Festival, which runs from October 7-10, is the SHIFT Summit, an in-depth exploration of the opportunities and challenges before the outdoor recreation and conservation partnership, with an emphasis on GEMS (Gateways to Environments of Major Significance) as laboratories for communities striving to live in balance with nature.
Media frames the conversation in the public mind and an engaged “voice of the outdoors” is critical for well-informed reportage from the nexus of conservation and outdoor recreation. Attending OWAA members will have a chance to inform the summit dialogue with their unique perspectives and to network with the content generators at the forefront of the conversation, including conservation pioneers, youth-engagement leaders, public-land managers and policy makers, outdoor-industry leaders and outdoor recreationists.
OWAA attendees have additional access to:

  • The SHIFT Awards, recognizing the most innovative, impactful, replicable conservation and outdoor recreation work in North America.
  • Keynote presentations featuring National Geographic’s Chief Content Officer Chris Johns, who will share insights on Yellowstone National Park, the first national park in the world and the sole subject of the May 2016 issue of National Geographic Magazine, and New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman, who will speak on food and how it has the power to make or break not only our personal health, but that of the planet.
  • The People’s Banquet, SHIFT’s popular celebration of sustainable food systems and Jackson Hole’s “foodie event of the year.”

For more information, please contact Christian Beckwith, director, at, or for the festival schedule and ticket information, visit

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