Buckrail guide to SHIFT 2018

JACKSON, WY— What do public lands and public health have in common?

According to the multitude of experts gathering at SHIFT 2018, from October 16-18 in Jackson, WY, a lot.  A growing body of research suggests that time spent recreating outside is good for our health—both as individuals and as healthy communities. And where do we recreate? Public lands. Protecting them is thus an investment in public health.

SHIFT director Christian Beckwith explains it best in this detailed interview with KHOL.

SHIFT 2018 offers three full days of programming that explores the relationship between public health and public lands. If that’s intimidating, fear not, SHIFT and Buckrail have teamed up to put together a comprehensive guide to SHIFT 2018. A full festival pass grants you access to all SHIFT programming and events, but if you want to build your own adventure, there are plenty of ticketed events to plan for:

The SHIFT Summit

The SHIFT Summit is the heart of this year’s SHIFT festival. Held for two days, October 17-18, in the Snow King Resort Hotel, the SHIFT Summit offers an in-depth exploration of public health as an ecosystem service.

The Summit includes keynotes, panel discussions, breakout groups, and networking opportunities built around The 2018 Festival’s main theme, “Public Lands, Public Health.”

A night of film: Pointy End of the Spear Film Program 

Around the country, veterans are working to address PTSD with time outside. Presented by the TKF Foundation and MC’d by Hawah Kasat, this evening film program showcases how the lessons we are learning from their experiences can be applied to the 90% of the American population that experiences trauma at some point during their lives.

Check out the lineup of films here.

Meet SHIFT’s Emerging Leaders

The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is one of SHIFT’s pillars. ELP trains a diverse group of outdoor recreationists to help revitalize conservation by making it relevant to all Americans. In conjunction with Teton Science Schools, participants receive three days of training in advance of The SHIFT Festival, then lead the proceedings as panelists, moderators and keynote speakers.

This year, Emerging Leaders are the keynote speakers at the People’s Banquet, Jackson’s foodie event of the year. Enjoy locally-sourced cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 p.m., then plug into a StorySlam as Emerging Leaders share stories of their relationships with the outdoors. The banquet—a celebration of the local food system, pairing Valley chefs with local producers—follows at 8 p.m.

Keynote: Dr. Wallace “J” Nichols: “Blue Mind”

Dr. Wallace “J” Nichols – called “Keeper of the Sea” by GQ Magazine, “a visionary” by Outside Magazine and a “water warrior” by AQUATICS International – is an innovative, silo-busting, entrepreneurial scientist, movement maker, renowned marine biologist, voracious Earth and idea explorer, wild water advocate, bestselling author, sought after lecturer, and fun-loving Dad.

Dr. Nichols’ experiences and creativity as a field research scientist, government consultant, founder and director of numerous businesses and nonprofit organizations, teacher, mentor, and advisor all support his quest to to create Blue Mind, a stronger, more inclusive and diverse narrative of water.

State Offices of Outdoor Recreation Workshop

Numerous state offices of outdoor recreation from around the country are currently reinvigorating local economies, improving citizen health and protecting our lands, waters and wildlife. On Thursday, October 18, presented by the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, SHIFT’s Third Annual State Offices of Outdoor Recreation Workshop will continue to support the development of state outdoor recreation leadership positions as it develops the three points related to Public Health and Wellness that were articulated in the July 2018 Confluence Accords.

Facilitated by Noah Wilson, Executive Director of Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina, the workshop’s objective is to provide participants strategies for achieving the goals outlined in the Public Health and Wellness pillar of the Accords.


These are just a few of the events you probably shouldn’t miss at this year’s SHIFT. For more, check out the full schedule.

SHIFT is offering Buckrail readers 30% off all festival tickets! Click here to claim yours— enter promo code “BUCKRAIL” at checkout. 

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SHIFT celebrates the outdoor recreation/conservation/cultural relevancy partnership with food, film, speakers, workshops and outdoor adventure

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