SHIFT’s sponsors support our mission of leveraging outdoor recreation for conservation gains. Contributions are tax deductible. If you support our mission, too, and wish to be part of SHIFT, click here for the 2016 Sponsorship Guide.
The Jackson Hole Travel and Tourism Board‘s mission is to effectively spend lodging tax funds to promote travel and tourism to Teton County in a manner that is consistent with the shared values of our community. Our actions will reflect stewardship of our natural resources, highlight our outstanding assets and amenities and strive toward sustainability.
Grand Teton Sponsor Level
Snake River Brewing: Jackson Hole is widely known for its abundant outdoor recreational opportunities. From skiing to fly fishing, from mountaineering to wildlife viewing and from biking to dog sledding there is no shortage of activity for those who are afflicted with the desire to test their limits in the outdoor. Thirst becomes the inevitable result of participation in said activities and malt beverages slake the thirst like no other liquid can. Breweries and Mountain towns go together. When the outdoor pursuits are world class then it is only fitting that the brewery also tries to be world class in its own right.
Middle Teton Sponsor Level
The National Conservation Training Center’s vision is to inspire conservation excellence through learning and collaboration.
The National Conservation Training Center is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) 533-acre residential training facility, located on the banks of the Potomac River, approximately 90 miles from Washington D.C. in Shepherdstown, WV. Their classrooms, commons, and hotel rooms blend with the landscape, making it easy for one to connect with nature and each other. Outdoor patios, walkways, and break areas are great places to watch birds, white-tailed deer, fox, and other critters, which one will frequently see skittering up nearby trees or moving through the forest.
The National Conservation Training Center employs nearly 200 dedicated men and women who keep the organization running smoothly. Their employees come from a wide variety of professions including biology, botany, education and training, information technology, human resources, budget and finance, graphic design, landscaping, and facilities management.
South Teton Sponsor Level
Vail Resorts: Vail Resorts is the premier mountain resort company in the world and a leader in luxury, destination-based travel at iconic locations.The Company’s subsidiaries operate nine world-class mountain resorts and three urban ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Perisher in Australia; Afton Alps in Minnesota, Mt. Brighton in Michigan and Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin. The Company owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Everything Vail Resorts does is built upon the promise of bringing together the mountains, our communities, employees and guests to ignite a passion for the outdoors, conserve the natural environment and support our local communities for a bright, sustainable future.
Sierra Club Outdoors: The Sierra Club’s mission is to explore, enjoy and protect the planet. Through Sierra Club Outdoors, they are expanding the conservation movement by providing access to outdoor experiences for more people, organizing grassroots and administrative support for the value of outdoor experiences, and building alliances and partnerships that involve diverse communities in protecting their natural heritage.
The Wilderness Society: The Wilderness Society’s mission is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. They contribute to better protection, stewardship and restoration of our public lands, preserving our rich natural legacy for current and future generations.
Since 1935, The Wilderness Society has led the effort to permanently protect nearly 110 million acres of wilderness in 44 states. They have been at the forefront of nearly every major public lands victory.
1908 Brands: 1908 Brands manufactures, manages, and markets a family of natural product brands. They envision a world of trusted products that inspire happiness by adapting with the ever-changing needs of our planet and people. At their core, they are environmentalists. They are driven to create quality, trusted products that adapt with the ever-changing needs of our planet and people. They proudly disrupt markets that have poor environmental and health impacts. They reject the idea that safer, healthier products must come with a sacrifice. They create innovative products that inspire a “yes” moment. Most importantly, they invite you to join them to create a better world.
Mammoth Lake Trails and Public Access: Closing in on its first decade as a community based non-profit, Mammoth Lake Trails and Public Access (MLTPA) is proud to have sponsored the Eastern Sierra Recreation Collaborative. MLTPA is working with the ESRC leadership team to draft a playbook for those gateway communities across the country that provide access to public lands that will assist them as they engage with their local forests’ management plan updates using the USFS “Framework for Sustainable Recreation” and the USFS 2012 Planning rule. MLTPA is committed to a bright future for public lands through collaboration, partnership, and sustainable recreation.
High Country News: High Country News is the nation’s leading source of reporting on the American West. They publish an award-winning magazine, a popular website and a weekly op-ed column service, along with special reports and books. Through in-depth reporting, High Country News covers the American West’s public lands, water, natural resources, grazing, wilderness, wildlife, logging, politics, communities, growth and other issues now changing the face of the West. From Alaska and the Northern Rockies to the desert Southwest, from the Great Plains to the West Coast, High Country News covers 12 Western states and is the leading source for regional environmental news, analysis and commentary — an essential resource for those who care about this region.
Conservation Legacy: Conservation Legacy is a national organization cultivating local action to produce enduring widespread impact in communities, ecosystems and people. Conservation Legacy is a purposeful and strategic organization that operates a national cadre of corps and service programs that:
Engage Young Americans in Service. Conserve, protect, and promote each community’s greatest gifts. Build America’s future.
Teewinot Sponsor Level
Jackson Hole News & Guide works to preserve the heritage and environment of Jackson Hole, provides a community forum and offers creative and thought-provoking analysis as well as leadership dedicated to protecting and enhancing the special character of the valley and the Yellowstone ecosystem.
The Nature Conservancy: The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.
Their vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives.
How do they achieve this mission and vision?
The North Face: “AT THE HEART OF THE NORTH FACE IS A MISSION TO INSPIRE A GLOBAL MOVEMENT OF OUTDOOR EXPLORATION AND CONSERVATION.”
At The North Face, the desire to share their passion for the outdoors is the catalyst behind all they do as a company and the reason that they work to manage their products and operations responsibly. At their new headquarters office in California, more than 100% of their electricity is provided by renewable source and they have developed industry-leading strategies with their Responsible Down Standard and Clothes the Loop apparel and footwear recycling program. Their athletes are empowering students to take action on climate change through Hot Planet/Cool Athletes presentations, and the Explore Fund is helping young people across the country experience and explore the outdoors.
Snow King Sponsor Level
Eco Tour Adventures was created to help people connect with the natural world through wildlife observation and natural history interpretation. We believe that knowledge of the intricate workings of an ecosystem leads to a deeper appreciation and connection with the environment, which becomes reflected in more environmentally sound choices in day to day life. We are passionate about opening our guests eyes to the wonders of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and fostering their connection with the natural world.
Western Recreation Law Center: The Western Recreation Law Center philosophy is simple – provide one place for recreation companies to get real-world legal advice and forms from responsive professionals who understand what you do. Their mission is to protect their clients from liability, and provide the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you have your legal “ducks in a row.”
They advise clients on entity formation and operations, liability releases, risk management practices, insurance coverage, and understanding the protections established by the assumption-of-risk laws across the intermountain west. They also conduct training on risk management and incident management, assist clients with state and federal permitting and local zoning issues, advise on employment-related issues, and conduct contract review.
In 1912 Theodore Roosevelt said, “There can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country.” While in the political arena, he succeeded in making conservation a top tier national issue. T.R. had the foresight to address these issues still so significant to sportsmen today, understanding that if we want to ensure critical habitat, special hunting grounds and secret fishing holes will be around for future generations, we must plan carefully today.
The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership guarantees all Americans quality places to hunt and fish by uniting and amplifying their partners’ voices to strengthen federal policy and funding.
Trout Unlimited: Founded in Michigan in 1959, Trout Unlimited today is a national non-profit organization with 150,000 members dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. Our staff and volunteers work from coast to coast to protect, reconnect, restore and sustain trout and salmon habitat on behalf of today’s anglers and coming generations of sportsmen and women who value the connection between healthy, intact habitat and angling opportunity.
Their mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.
By the next generation, Trout Unlimited will ensure that robust populations of native and wild coldwater fish once again thrive within their North American range, so that our children can enjoy healthy fisheries in their home waters.
PeopleForBikes: PeopleForBikes aims to make riding better for everyone. By collaborating with millions of individual riders, businesses, community leaders, and elected officials, they’re uniting people to create a powerful, united voice for bicycling and its benefits.
Their work focuses on making every kind of bike ride better—whether that ride takes you on trails, down to the grocery store, or all the way across town. Why? Because when people ride bikes, great things happen.
The Grand Teton National Park Foundation (GTNPF) is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to fund projects that enhance Grand Teton National Park’s cultural, historic, and natural resources and to help others learn about and protect all that is special in the park.
By funding initiatives that go beyond what the National Park Service could accomplish on its own, the Foundation initiates improvements, critical research, and projects that help better connect visitors to the park, creating a stable future for Grand Teton and the experiences of those who visit.
Grand Teton National Park Foundation is widely recognized as one of the strongest and most successful friends groups to partner with the National Park Service. To date, the Foundation has raised more than $40 million for projects in the park.
Aion: AION ( eye-on ) is a group of designers and free thinkers living and working in Jackson Hole, California, and Bali. We are a lifestyle brand focusing on adventure and nature, creating a community across the globe through our network of AIONbassadors. Collaborating with craftsmen in Bali and manufacturers in the USA, we produce fashion-forward apparel and headwear.
So whether you surf, skate, ski, ride, travel, run, create, or dream like us — you’re Aion.
Stio: Based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Stio was founded to inspire connection with the outdoors through beautiful, functional products. Stio is apparel you can live in – in both the epic and quieter moments of outdoor life.
Klean Kanteen: Klean Kanteen® is a family-owned company on a mission. They introduced the first stainless steel, BPA-free, reusable water bottle in 2004 because they wanted a non-toxic solution to single-use plastic water bottles.
Today, as a certified B Corporation, they not only create the highest quality reusable products on the planet, they work hard to bring benefit to the people and places they touch—and they do everything they can to keep single-use waste from trashing the world.
SIERRA magazine and sierramagazine.org are the story-telling arm of the Sierra Club, founded by John Muir in 1892. Our award-winning print magazine, website and social media inspire, inform, entertain and engage our 2.4 million members and supporters, as well those just becoming interested in environmental protection. In doing so, we continue the Sierra Club’s tradition of pioneering conservation communication. Our outdoor adventure journalism echoes John Muir’s spirit of wonder with the natural world, his scientific inquisitiveness, and his fervor for exploration. Our political writing exhibits David Brower’s uncompromising defense of wild nature and his multi-media adeptness. Our essays convey the radical optimism and thoughtful pragmatism that have become a hallmark of the Sierra Club under Michael Brune. SIERRA is the map and the compass for our supporters. We help to orient environmentalists about where we stand today by using explanatory journalism to reveal the environmental threats before us, as well as the opportunities that are close at hand. SIERRA constantly scans the horizon to alert our readers to future challenges, and to share with them the most creative new thinking in the environmental movement. At the same time, we point a way forward. We give our readers the tools to better navigate this hot, bewildering century. SIERRA serves as a campfire for our supporters to gather around — a place to share stories, swap tales, exchange ideas, and, yes, to argue and to debate.
City Kids: Since 1996, City Kids has been serving under-resourced youth from DC’s most vulnerable communities. Their founder, Randy Luskey, started City Kids as an experiential program to teach children how to be prepared for life beyond learning possible in a traditional classroom. City Kids provides low-income DC youth with life changing opportunities to help them learn, grow, and build the skills they need to set goals and work towards their dreams.
City Kids currently operates school year and summer programs for 130 under-resourced DC youth, enrolling new youth in the sixth grade and providing program support through middle school and high school. Their program is based around three core principles: long-term youth engagement, experiential education programming with a focus on overcoming challenges, and goal setting with a focus on future planning.
Their programs exist to position participants for success in adulthood by getting them off to the right start as youth. Their goals include that their youth graduate from high school or earn their GED, that they enroll in a postsecondary education program or obtain a job, and that they are involved and connected members of their community.
Shoot and Cast: Founded in 2015 by Janet Marschner, an outdoor enthusiast, she dedicates her personal time to the conservation of our wildlife and natural resources. By exploring the outdoors and sharing her experiences, Janet hopes to inspire others to spend more time outdoors and connect with nature.
The primary focus of Shoot and Cast is dedicated to promoting the ethical use of our outdoors, wildlife and natural resources, to protect access to our public lands and to recruit others in this stewardship.
Outdoor Alliance: Outdoor Alliance is the only organization in the U.S. that unites the voices of outdoor enthusiasts to conserve public lands and ensure those lands are managed in a way that embraces the human-powered experience. They are a coalition of national advocacy organizations that includes American Whitewater, American Canoe Association, Access Fund, International Mountain Bicycling Association, Winter Wildlands Alliance, the Mountaineers, and the American Alpine Club.
As backcountry skiers, hikers, paddlers, mountain bikers, boaters and climbers, they have a direct and intensely personal interest in the conservation of our public lands. They are often the first to notice when something is wrong in their outdoor landscapes, and they are highly motivated to protect these places and the experiences they offer.
They know that public land and conservation policy can be confusing, so they work with the policy experts from their national member groups to track important issues and give the outdoor community meaningful opportunities to engage and make a difference.
They believe that a unified outdoor recreation community is the best way to protect the outdoors. By connecting millions of outdoor enthusiasts, Outdoor Alliance works to protect, promote, and enhance human-powered recreation, and ensures the best protections for places that matter to the outdoor recreation community.