SHIFT: A Conservation Festival Born in Jackson Hole

SHIFT: A Conservation Festival Born in Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole has a rich history of conservation and outdoor recreation and our community holds these values dear.

SHIFT (Shaping How we Invest For Tomorrow) is a program that originated from the Jackson Hole Travel and Tourism Board as the first conservation festival of its time.

Now in its fourth year, SHIFT brings important conversations into the spotlight around conservation, the environment, and outdoor activities. The theme this year is “The Business Case for Public Lands,” and we are looking forward to lively presentations, discussions, and networking.

Here are four SHIFT events that we’re looking forward to this fall:

1. Closing The Nature Gap

We are so lucky to live and play in a community like Jackson Hole, Wyoming, which affords unparalleled access to nature and some of America’s most treasured public lands. However, 85 percent of Americans today live in urban areas with more limited access to nature. In order to establish health and well being for future generations, public land usage discussions need to turn more towards cities and urban development. This panel discussion will focus on three topics: urban climbing gyms, green jobs, and connecting urban land to public lands through hunting and fishing.

2. A Unified Vision for The Future of Conservation

Hear from Jonathan B. Jarvis who has worked for the National Park Service for 40 years, including the last eight years when he served as Director under President Barack Obama. Jarvis will share his vision for the future of conservation and public land usage and touch on topics including social justice and economic disparity.

3. Angelou Ezeilo’s Keynote

Greening Youth Foundation (GYF) helps young people of color find careers in conservation. As CEO and Founder of GYF, Ezeilo hopes that more diverse leadership will contribute to a greater cultural shift. Her hope is that diversifying public lands management will spark new conversations and thinking about who should enjoy public lands and outdoor recreation.

4. The People’s Banquet with Lucas St. Clair

The People’s Banquet is one of the top food events of the year in Jackson Hole, which is high praise for such a food-focused destination. Following cocktails and hor d'oeuvres from the area’s local food system and finest chefs, Lucas St. Clair will present to the audience. St. Clair founded the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in Maine, which opened 40,000 acres of land to outdoor recreation and transformed the surrounding community.

Fall is a beautiful time to visit Jackson Hole, so start planning your fall getaway today. To learn more about SHIFT, visit the event website.

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