SHIFT operates at the intersection of outdoor recreation, conservation and cultural relevancy to protect our public lands (see here for more information).

Each year, we research individuals, organizations and initiatives from around North America that leverage outdoor rec for conservation gains and evaluate their work using three criteria: Impact, Innovation and Replicability. (A complete list of work researched to date and criteria used in our evaluations may be found here.)

The work determined to be most impactful, innovative and replicable is considered for The SHIFT Awards. Representatives of official selections for the Awards are then invited to share their work with participants at the annual SHIFT Festival.

The theme for The 2018 SHIFT Festival, which will take place October 16-18 in Jackson Hole, WY, is "Outdoor Rx: Public Lands, Public Health." The program will explore the health benefits of time outside—specifically, how outdoor recreation on our public lands creates a healthier citizenry, promotes stewardship and advances economic prosperity and quality of life in communities across America.

This survey is designed to capture information about your 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 six categories of The 2018 SHIFT Awards:
  • Business Leadership
  • Non-Profit Leadership
  • Public Land-Management Innovation
  • Adventure Athlete
  • Youth Engagement
  • Technology
To judge the work’s Impact, we will consider whether it has produced measurable, meaningful, and long-term improvements in its community, economy and/or surrounding ecosystem.

To judge Innovation, we'll consider whether it provides unique or new approaches in addressing its challenges.

To judge Replicability, we'll consider how easily it could be scaled to other communities.

We appreciate your assistance in completing this survey. If you have questions or need more information, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Thanks, and see you outside—

The SHIFT Team