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(Formerly SHIFT)


November 17-20, 2024


San Antonio, Texas


Phil Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center, 8400 NW Military Highway, San Antonio, Tx 78231

What is the Global outdoor health Summit?

The Global Outdoor Health Summit is the next evolution of the former SHIFT Summit - A national gathering of great minds who care about improving the intersection of nature and preventive health for humans and lands. Attendees include diverse researchers, policy managers, health providers, planners, governmental, outdoor recreation, business, non-profit, military, foundations and philanthropic funders, educators, retailers, conservationists, and/or nature-intervention professionals and organizations from around the world. 

People who care about humans, health, and the environment come together to share stories, immersive experiences, evidence, programs, and ideas to help solve the natural conflicts that come when connecting more people into nature. We discuss the mental, cognitive, physical, and spiritual benefits nature can provide, while taking care of the lands at the same time. The Summit is based on sound peer-reviewed science and trends combined with experiential, health, stewardship, policy, practice, and management aspects to balance equitable access to the places, programs, flora, and fauna that we believe is necessary to exist and thrive. 

The GOH Summit is unique in that various Experiences in Nature are built into the program, along with intense academic and practice-oriented educational session and networking - we want to "walk the talk"

Call for Presentation Proposals 

Research and practice presentation proposals related to issues at the intersection of outdoor recreation, conservation, environmental economics, social justice, and public health are invited for submission. We are interested in research, case studies, and practical ideas that illuminate how these issues can be addressed together through interdisciplinary collaborations, community partnerships, policy initiatives, or innovative approaches that integrate multiple perspectives and strategies.

Registration will open Summer 2024: 

Standard Full Conference: TBD
Speakers/Non-Profit Organizations: TBD
Student: TBD

If you have three or more attendees from the same organization, contact us to inquire about a special group discount.

The registration includes the following sessions and experiences:

  • Outdoor GOH Experiences

  • Welcome Remarks

  • Poster, Awards, and Exhibitor Reception

  • Keynote Address

  • Panel Discussions

  • Announcement of the GOH Award Nominees

  • GOH Awards and Supporters Luncheon

  • Roundtable Discussions

  • Speed Talks

  • Interactive Workshops

  • Townhall Discussion

  • Networking Opportunities

  • An Invitation to Connect with Nature

GOH Experiences

Global Outdoor Health (formally SHIFT) Experiences are build-in immersive outdoor activities included in the full conference registration, providing participants with opportunities to explore the region, network with colleagues, and deeply connect with the local environment. Organized by the GOH Experiences Committee in partnership with our 2024 local host organization, the San Antonio, TX Parks and Recreation Department, these experiences are an integral part of the conference. Examples of previous Summit Experiences have included active, nature immersion, and educations sessions such as: 

  • Examples of programs for increasing equity in the outdoors

  • Nature Exploration such as forest bathing, bird walks, and geological wonders​

  • Outdoor Adventures such as mountain biking, river rafting, kayaking, canoeing, caving, and stand-up paddleboarding, and hiking

  • Conservation Impact such as mycelium and apiary uses, river restoration, water quality, erosion control, and conservation s River​


As we look forward to the upcoming 2024 conference, stay tuned for more details about the exciting GOH Experiences.  Contact us at if you'd like to be involved in the planning, sponsor, or volunteer. 

GOH Awards:

Each year nominations are taken for the Awards, highlighting and showcasing organizations and individuals who are doing great work in this realm. The link for taking Nominations for the 2024 GOH Summit Awards will be coming soon!

Winners for the 2023 SHIFT Awards:

  • 1st Place: The Phoenix

  • 2nd Place: Alana Foundation

  • 3rd Place: Conexão Natureza - Brazil

  • Special SHIFT Emeritus Professional Award: Robert (Bob) Ratcliffe

Learn more on the SHIFT Awards page.


2023 SHIFT Awards Nominees Finalists included the above plus:

  • Marine Microverse Institute

  • Southwest Conservation Corps

  • NCH2

  • Kids In Parks

  • Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

  • Children at Play Network

  • OutGrown

  • Municipality of Fortaleza, the Secretariat of Urbanism and Environment (SEUMA), Brazil

  • iRewild Institute

  • Wounded Warriors United Wisconsin

  • Schumacher College – Dartington Estate

  • The Health Foundation – Wilkes County, NC

  • Winter Wildlands Alliance – SnowSchool

  • Scott County MN – Wellness in the Parks

  • #NatureforAll

  • San Luis Valley Great Outdoors

  • East Bay Regional Park District


“I am leaving this Summit with so many examples of cross-sector collaboration for equity and access.”

2022 SHIFT Attendee


We are immensely grateful for our 2024 Global Outdoor Health Summit sponsors!
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