Trust shortlisted for Nature of Scotland Awards

The John Muir Trust is delighted to have been short-listed as a finalist for the third annual RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards in the Youth an

The John Muir Trust is delighted to have been short-listed as a finalist for the third annual RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards in the Youth and Education category.

The Trust was nominated by the Scottish Book Trust in recognition of its work in celebrating the importance and relevance of John Muir today.

Koren Calder from Scottish Book Trust, said: “We were delighted to nominate the John Muir Trust. Their staff really helped us explore John Muir’s broader appeal to young people when working on the John Muir graphic novel [pictured]. Muir was about much more than a narrow conservation agenda – he was an all-rounder, an explorer and adventurer, a mountain climber, a botanist, a writer, campaigner and visionary.”

Mission:Explore John Muir“This prompted us to find out more about the wider work of the Trust as a staff team,” added Koren, “through achieving our own John Muir Awards we really enjoyed participating in Muir Missions, getting to know a local green space, contributing to the John Muir Back to the Future film, as well as the teamwork and sharing aspect.”

Naturalist, author and TV presenter Chris Packham will host RSPB Scotland’s Nature of Scotland Awards at a special black tie gala at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh in November.

Chris Packham said, “I am absolutely delighted to be hosting the RSPB’s Nature of Scotland Awards this year. Scotland is home to a fantastic wealth of wildlife and habitats that we need to invest our time and energy in for future generations. John Muir Back to the FutureThat’s why it’s so encouraging to see such a wide range of projects being shortlisted for an award this year, from people who are truly passionate about conserving nature.”

The Trust was nominated for its notable achievements in celebrating John Muir in 2013-14.
These include:

John Muir Award (its main engagement initiative) - over 15,000 Awards achieved in Scotland in 2013.

Mission:Explore John Muir - partnership with Mission:Explore and over 150,000 on-line resource hits in year one.

John Muir, Earth - Planet, Universe - partnership role with Scottish Book Trust; 15,000 copies distributed to every secondary school. - specially created website for Muir information, activities and examples with over 10,000 hits.

John Muir: Back to the Future - short film about what young people think of Muir, showcased at the John Muir Conference.

The Nature of Scotland Awards are designed to recognise and celebrate excellence, innovation and outstanding achievement in Scottish nature conservation. A full list of the projects and organisations short-listed for the Nature of Scotland Awards 2014 can be found at