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Ideas & resources

From the wildlife in your back garden or local park to the most remote coasts, hills and moors, we want to inspire people to enjoy, connect with and care for wild places.

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On these pages, you can find resources, short films, case studies and more to help you spark ideas and develop plans for achieving a John Muir Award.

Looking for something specific? You can also search by keyword, or browse our Resources by category.

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Resource Guides

Activities, toolkits and more on the topics of Outdoor Learning, Wildlife Gardening, Sustainability, Surveys, Campaigning, Literacy & Nature, Biodiversity, John Muir, Outdoor Access, National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Upland Commons.

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Young people and nature

Across the world, young people are taking positive action for nature; there’s never been a more important time to actively listen to and involve young people

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The John Muir Award is a fun and effective way to take learning outside, encourage discussions around sustainability and care for wild places – for children, young people and adults

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Literacy and nature

Wild places offer inspiration and multi-sensory experiences that can be a springboard for developing literacy skills

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Health and wellbeing

The John Muir Trust believes that everyone should have opportunities to experience the benefits of connecting with wild places, from urban nature to our most remote landscapes


Skills for life

Working towards a John Muir Award can create opportunities to develop attributes such as problem solving, teamwork and confidence in leadership

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John Muir Award films

On our John Muir Award YouTube channel, you’ll find a range of short films and animations to help introduce the Award and John Muir, as well as inspiring videos from participants in our Award Provider films playlist.

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John Muir Trust films

Browse our films for an introduction to our wider work, including campaigns, Trust properties and our short film series celebrating the relationships between people and wild places - Wild in Me.

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Learn more about John Muir

Learn more about John Muir (1838-1914) and modern conservation.

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Mission:Explore book series

Downloadable resources focused on activities inspired by John Muir’s adventures, and making connections with food and water