Introducing the John Muir Award
The John Muir Award is an environmental award scheme focused on wild places. It helps people connect with, enjoy, and care for wild places. It's non-competitive, inclusive and accessible.
The John Muir Award invites you to:
Discover a wild place
This can be your school grounds, a local park, a beach, woods, a river, a mountain or a national park.
Explore its wildness
Experience, enjoy and find out more about your wild place(s).
Take some practical action and personal responsibility.
Share your experiences
Let others know what you've been up to, what you've achieved and what you've learned.
Who is it for?
- It's for people of all backgrounds - groups, families and individuals. A genuinely diverse cross-section of society participates.
- It is ideally suited for those participants working at later stage of Primary Education and beyond (year 4 and above in England and Wales and Second Level in Scotland).
- We have created a Family Award that welcomes involvement by people of all ages, including younger children, as part of a family group.
- We encourage adults to get involved too. There is no upper age limit.
Five ways in which the John Muir Award could benefit you or your organisation:
- Help you appreciate and value nature, urban greenspace and wild landscapes.
- Encourage awareness, understanding and responsibility for wild places.
- Promote personal development through outdoor experiences.
- Encourage an environmental agenda - for individuals and organisation.
- Recognise and celebrate achievements of each individual that meets Award Criteria.