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John Muir Award

The John Muir Award is an environmental award scheme. It supports people to connect with, enjoy and care for the natural environment with a focus on wild places.

Young people completing their John Muir Award Young people completing their John Muir Award
"The John Muir award is a brilliant vehicle to show conservation in an easy and accessible way for all." Glyn Parkes, STEM project co-ordinator

It was launched in 1997 by the John Muir Trust, which was formed in 1983 to safeguard and conserve wild places in the United Kingdom. The John Muir Trust’s vision is of a world where wild places are protected, enhanced and valued by and for everyone.

Here at the Trust we're developing a national framework to deliver the John Muir Award, at all levels, to a number of youth groups which we are working with.

Example projects

Students from Stoke College, Cauldon and Burslem campuses attended a four day STEM course.

Students were from a variety of backgrounds and attending a wide range of courses from social care to construction.

They got involved with tasks such as dry stone walling, creating an otter holt and undertaking flora and fauna surveys. The students then submitted their findings to the relevant organisations.

Prince's Trust

As part of a new initiative between the Trust and the Prince's Trust, a group 12 students will be starting their John Muir Discovery award on 21 April (Muir’s birthday). The day will begin with a get together to discuss and watch videos about the conservationist and the vital role his charity plays in making people aware of nature.

Glyn Parkes, STEM project co-ordinator from the Canal & River Trust said he was:

"Really proud to work for the trust and show young people the heritage along the canals. The John Muir award is a brilliant vehicle to show conservation in an easy and accessible way for all, resulting in us being able to give a young person a certificate for their involvement and understanding of caring for our nature."

Last date edited: 21 April 2016