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November 15, 2017

WILDCOAST Wins the 2017 SHIFT Youth Engagement Award!

Fay Crevoshay
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WILDCOAST is happy to announce that we won the 2017 SHIFT Youth Engagement Award! This award recognizes the organization that made the most innovative, impactful, and replicable contributions to conservation and recreation via youth engagement in the country. Of the 300+ initiatives that submitted papers to the conference, WILDCOAST’s MPA Youth Engagement Program was a finalist for the People’s Choice, Jury’s Choice, and Youth Engagement Award categories.

 

WILDCOAST’s Floating Laboratory and Explore the Coast Programs were very popular amongst members of the audience who appreciated our innovative approach to leveraging MPA conservation for youth outreach and engagement. Our two-pronged technique of collecting useable and scientifically accurate MPA monitoring data while facilitating engagement in underserved and indigenous communities is a model for success that was highly touted at SHIFT and will be replicated by other conservation initiatives across the country.

 

One fan of our Youth Engagement Programs was former Director of the National Parks Service, Jon Jarvis that spoke passionately about the importance of conserving our public lands for future generations. He was particularly pleased that WILDCOAST was attending to represent the marine environment and California’s network of 124 MPAs that comprise 16% of the state’s waters. Due to their underwater nature, people often forget that California's MPA are essentially state parks found in a marine setting. This out-of-sight out-of-mind mentality often leads to a lack of public interest, which is why WILDCOAST works tirelessly to convey the importance of MPAs as a conservation tool for coastal and marine habitat and wildlife.

 

The 2017 SHIFT Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming was designed in partnership with 1% for the Planet, Silicon Couloir, George B. Storer Foundation and Blue Sky Funders Forum, SHIFT for the Planet spotlights some of the most innovative, impactful and replicable examples of outdoor recreation and conservation work in the country in an event designed to amplify and enhance the shared impact of funders.