Journey for Wildness

Help us raise money and awareness for wild places and re-connect with nature by doing a Journey for Wildness this year.

In these unprecedented times, the importance of wild places has become ever more apparent. On top of Covid-19, we're faced with the twin threats of climate change and huge biodiversity loss. This June the UN launches its Decade of Ecosystem Restoration. You can help raise funds for the important work we do in support of this.

“While Covid has been the wave crashing on the shore, climate change and biodiversity loss is the massive tsunami that’s rolling in from the deep,” warns Mike Daniels, the Trust’s Head of Policy and Land Management, “We have to wake up and act.”

Your journey can be anything you want it to be. It can be by foot, bike, or on water. You can climb mountains, camp out under the stars, paddle board down rivers. You can get creative and take photos, write poetry or observe and record birds or wildflowers. You can pick up litter, plant trees or wildflowers (with landowners permission). It could be a journey through time watching nature change with the seasons in your local park. Journeys can be one big adventure, a series of micro-adventures, or even an inward journey like a vision quest. It’s entirely up to you, you’re part of this great unfolding life, be as creative as you wish, and most of all, have fun!

How will the money you raise be spent?

Money will be spent protecting existing wild land from increasing development pressures and helping us continue our work to restore ecosystems such as the new woodland at Schiehallion.

“The new woodland just feels different, as if the pressure has been lifted. Every patch of willow now has a willow warbler,” says Liz Auty, the Trust’s Property Manager at East Schiehallion, “When I walk through and all the patches have species like that, we’ve won. If we focus on the ordinary species – the wrens, warblers – that will be a success.”

How to take part

  1. Decide on what Journey you want to do, making sure you follow all current local measures and restrictions relating to Covid-19.
  2. Register by clicking the 'Sign up' button above
  3. Download our useful guide and handy tips for more information and ideas for ways to make your journey count for wild places 
  4. Set up a JustGiving page by clicking the link below and share with family and friends - ask them to sponsor you or take part themselves!
  5. Use #JourneyForWildness and tag the John Muir Trust in any social media posts to let us know what you are up to.

Our hills, woodlands and rivers are under constant attack and sometimes we need to stand up and fight for them.

- Damian Hall, ultrarunner

Lintern-01838

Get in touch

If you have an idea for a Journey you'd like to share, you can email us at fundraising@johnmuirtrust.org

Email us