The Family John Muir Award offers an opportunity for families to work towards a shared goal, helping improve parent-child and inter-generational relationships, boost confidence and to simply enjoy spending time together outdoors.
Families of any shape and size can get involved, including extended family, carers, guardians and foster families. It can be delivered by organisations working with families, including community learning and development services, schools and charities. Families can also get involved directly in a ‘self-guided’ capacity.
Organisations use the Family John Muir Award in a variety of contexts. Depending on their key priorities, these might include building parent-child relationships, developing skills and confidence, helping improve curriculum links and attainment, enhancing home education approaches, or improving health and wellbeing through spending time in nature. The Award’s framework can be a starting point for organisations looking to get outdoors and try new approaches, or add value to existing activities by offering a common goal for families to work towards and recognition of achievements.
Many organisations help to connect families with accessible nature in their local environment, raising awareness of places they may not have visited before and giving parents and carers inspiration for simple, free and fun activities that families can do together in their own time and during school holidays.
Family members learn and work together to collectively achieve the Award Criteria, receiving one certificate per family that recognises their joint achievement.
View a selection of Family Award case studies here.