SHIFT operates at the intersection of outdoor recreation, conservation and public health to protect our natural world (see here for information on our 2019 program).

Each year, we invite early career leaders who have distinguished themselves in outdoor recreation, conservation, land management, cultural relevancy and public health for four days of training at the Teton Science Schools in Jackson in advance of SHIFT. The training prepares them to help lead the proceedings at SHIFT, and to bring SHIFT’s coalition-building model back to their communities.

The Emerging Leaders Program began in 2016 as a way to include a spectrum of American perspectives and experiences in the conversations we host at SHIFT around the topics of outdoor recreation, conservation and public health. Each year of the program is iterative, building on the experiences of the one that preceded it.

As much as ELP is a program, it is also a collaboration. We want to make sure it is right for you.

Before applying, please review the programmatic overview and its objectives, in particular:

* FAMILIARIZATION with subject matter to be explored at the SHIFT Festival
* INSTRUCTION on how to help lead conversations at SHIFT
* TOOLS AND SKILLS to engage in discussions critical to protecting public lands
         - Storytelling skills that allow Emerging Leaders to share their personal narratives
         - Training in the art of public engagement
* SHARING MODELS that allow ELPers to apply what they learn to issues they care about in their communities.

The deadline to apply for the 2019 Emerging Leaders Program is April 21, midnight Pacific Time.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Morgan Green, ELP Director, at

Thank you. We will look forward to reviewing your application.

The SHIFT Team

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* 1. Personal Information

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* 2. Which of the following best describes the area of your most important work, expertise or interest? (You may check more than one.)