Strategic Partners

Our Strategic Partners are individuals and organizations who stand behind the mission and vision for SHIFT: to leverage responsible, human-powered outdoor recreation for conservation gains, and in so doing inspire the outdoor recreation / conservation partnership. In 2016, we’re partnering with a wide range of thought leaders at the nexus of conservation and outdoor recreation. The creativity and passion of these partners will help insure SHIFT delivers an innovative, informative, action-oriented event, one that engages the right participants in a dynamic conversation and delivers well-informed outcomes as a result.


Teewinot-LogoTeewinot Institute is dedicated to research, education, and action that enhance the sustainability, resilience, and transformation of human relationships with the environment.

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Adventurers & Scientists For Conservation mobilizes the outdoor community to gather and share scientific data, driving conservation around the world.



City Kids Wilderness Project is a non-profit organization founded on the belief that providing enriching life experiences for underserved and at-risk D.C. children can enhance their lives, the lives of their families and the greater community.





About Hipcamp: We don’t think finding a campsite should be such a time-consuming, convoluted and confusing process, which is why we started Hipcamp. We are committed to making getting outside fun and easy, as simple as selecting what, when and where you want your camping experience to be.


Latino Outdoors brown inverseLatino Outdoors exists to “connect cultura with the outdoors”. Latino Outdoors began with a simple idea: Where are the Latino-led organizations with conservation and the environment as a primary focus? With that question, we are working on four categories: Identify, Connect, and Support the Latino Outdoor leadership infrastructure to build community and act as support and resource network; rely on the growing community to provide mentoring opportunities to youth and young professionals; amplify programming through the existing social infrastructure and highlight the value of family-oriented programing for Latino communities; tell our stories as we define what it means to have a Latino/a identity in relation to the Outdoors.

Letter LandscapeLeave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, and is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands. Through relevant and targeted education, research and outreach, the Center ensures the long-term health of our natural world.


Mountain_Bike_the_Tetons_SHIFT_Strategic_PartnerMountain Bike the Tetons‘ mission is to build a vibrant, healthy community and recreational and economic opportunities through developing our mountain biking resources.


fws 3 The United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center provides exemplary training and professional development tailored to support Service employees and conservation partners in accomplishing the agency’s mission.




The mission of Outdoor Writers Association of America is to improve the professional skills of our members, set the highest ethical and communications standards, encourage public enjoyment and conservation of natural resources, and be mentors for the next generation of professional outdoor communicators.



Snake River Fund’s vision is that the Snake River watershed will remain a vibrant and diverse ecosystem for many generations to come to enjoy in a responsible manner. It is the Fund’s goal to ensure that happens.


TWS_HZ_logo_2cThe Wilderness Society‘s mission is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places.  We contribute to better protection, stewardship and restoration of our public lands, preserving our rich natural legacy for current and future generations.

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The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership guarantees all Americans quality places to hunt and fish by uniting and amplifying our partners’ voices to strengthen federal policy and funding.



TYO_logo_Tent_CMYKTransforming Youth Outdoors is the first resource-based community for people committed to transforming youth outdoors. TYO curates, organizes and maintains an ever-growing collection of resources–including knowledge, best practices, practical tools and guidance–that help the members of our community deliver impactful outdoor programming to the youth they serve.


Logo_VCF The Vermont Community Foundation is committed to building philanthropic resources that will sustain healthy and vital Vermont communities now and into the future.


WWA_logoWinter Wildlands Alliance is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving winter wildlands and a quality human-powered snowsports experience on public lands.


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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.


Outdoor_Alliance_SHIFT_Strategic_PartnerOutdoor Alliance’s mission is to protect, enhance, and promote the human-powered outdoor recreation experience by uniting the voices of outdoor enthusiasts to conserve America’s public lands.  Outdoor Alliance stands up with a powerful community of outdoor enthusiasts committed to protecting public lands.


The American Alpine Club‘s MISSION: To support our shared passion for climbing and respect for the places we climb. VISION: A united community of competent climbers and healthy climbing landscapes. AUDIENCE: Everyone who loves climbing. CORE VALUES: Authoritative climbing information, knowledge and resources benefit and inspire us and future generations. Advocacy and leadership advance our climbing interests and promote conservation. Community and competency strengthen and embolden us to push our limits.

American_Whitewater_SHIFT_Strategic_PartnerAmerican Whitewater is the primary advocate for the preservation and protection of whitewater rivers throughout the United States, and connects the interests of human-powered recreational river users with ecological and science-based data to achieve the goals within its mission.



idaho_conservation_league_SHIFT_Supporting_MemberIdaho Conservation League knows that the values we hold are shared by many Idahoans, so we work diligently to be Idaho’s leading voice for conservation. ICL’s goal is to create an informed and engaged conservation majority in Idaho. By building a robust conservation community, we hope to influence local, state and federal policies to ensure adequate protections for clean water, clean air, healthy families and Idaho’s unique way of life. See more here.

Access_Fund_SHIFT_Strategic_PartnerSince 1991, the Access Fund has represented climbers and worked to keep climbing areas open. No one loves our climbing landscapes and the experiences they offer quite the same way that climbers do. But we must be willing and committed to fight for them. Not just for access, but for the integrity of these amazing places. As our sport continues to grow in popularity, overcrowding is stressing these outdoor landscapes beyond their ability to recover naturally. This not only threatens access, but it degrades the climbing areas that we hold so dear. Today, 1 in 5 climbing areas in the United States is threatened by an access issue—whether its private land lost to development, public land managers over-regulating climbing, or climber impacts degrading the environment, the list of threats is long and constantly evolving. But they can be managed. At Access Fund, we are on a mission to protect climbing access and the integrity of America’s outdoor climbing areas.

oiwc_logoFounded in 1996, the Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition is the only national organization dedicated to workplace equity, diversity, and inclusion by expanding opportunities for women in the Outdoor, Snow, and Bike Industries. OIWC provides professional development, education, and leadership programming that promotes women’s advancement.


Back Country Horsemen of America are men and women who belong to a national non-profit organization. We are a 501(c)(3) serving 174 local and state chapters across the country. Our grassroots members—responsible leaders who help to carry forward our organization’s mission and values—lead BCHA organizations throughout the United States. BCHA chapters are active in 27 states consisting of roughly 13,000 members who are dedicated to keeping trails open for all on our public lands. Our chapters work closely with trail partners and local land management agencies to clear and maintain those trails.


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