John Muir Award

The John Muir Award is an environmental award scheme focused on wild places. It encourages people to connect with, enjoy and care for the natural environment.

Our instructors have years of experience of leading groups in the outdoors. The John Muir Award encourages participants to engage in, value and conserve wild places. Our staff will promote the values of the Award whilst facilitating participants' enjoyment of adventurous outdoor activity. Each Award programme is different and you can choose any of our extensive range of activities. We will tailor the programme to suit your needs and provide support in planning and reviewing the challenge. Three levels of the Award can be completed: Discovery, Explorer and Conserver. Groups usually start with the Discovery Award which takes a minimum of four days. Completion of the Award looks good on a CV and participants are awarded a certificate. See the John Muir Award Information Handbook for more information in our resources below.

- A tailored programme that meets your requirements
- A presentation to your participants and their parents/carers
- We liaise with the John Muir Trust and handle the paperwork
- Free tea and coffee for adults at the centre
- Free coach parking on site
- Risk assessments
- All the necessary equipment
- Transport using PCV registered drivers and vehicles can be included
- Support for participants in reviewing and sharing their experience
- Camping and catering are available in our tented village

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Accreditations and Safety:

- John Muir Trust programme approval
- Qualified and experienced instructors
- First aid qualified and DBS checked
- Adventure Activities Licensing Service (AALS) Licensed
- AAIAC Adventure Mark Licensed
- Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Badge
- Fully risk assessed activities
- £5million Third Party Liability Insurance

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    Four Challenges

    Four challenges are at the heart of the Award: Discover a wild place, explore its wildness, conserve it and share your experiences.

    At least two weeks prior to a course a completed proposal form must be sent to the John Muir Trust. We can do this for you. During the course it is very helpful for participants to complete a four challenge review which will help them to reflect on how they have met the four challenges. Participants can choose how to share their experiences including a photo display, artwork or a more formal presentation. This can be done during the course or a presentation can be delivered at a later date. On completion participants will receive a certificate.


    activities and themes

    Activity options include climbing, canoeing, kayaking, caving, hill walking, navigation and bush craft. We will tailor the theme of the Award to suit your group and we can provide ready-made case study programmes (see case study for an example).



    The John Muir Award handbook, record book and four challenge review are available here: John Muir Trust
    An example programme can be found here: (link to follow)