John Muir Award

The John Muir Award is an environmental awards scheme focused on wild spaces. It supports people to connect with, enjoy and care for nature, landscape and the natural environment. This award is managed by the John Muir Trust.

What is the purpose of the award?

The award invites participants to discover a wild place, explore its wildness, conserve it and then share your experiences of doing so.

The award was set up to promote educational, social and personal development through engagement with wild places and involvement in conservation.

How can I Bike help pupils achieve the award?

Are your school currently working towards the John Muir Award or would you be interested in starting this Award scheme?

Do you have an I Bike officer working in your cluster?

As an ‘Award Provider’, Sustrans Scotland can help support pupils to gain their John Muir Award in a variety of ways including:

  • Working alongside school staff to develop an Award Proposal form which outlines what each pupil will do to meet the four challenges of the award- Discover, Explore, Conserve and Share.
  • Planning, risk accessing and delivering a series of led walks, scoots or cycles to a local ‘wildspace’ which pupils will explore, discover and conserve throughout the course of their award.
  • Supporting the delivery of outdoor, environmental learning sessions whilst in your local ‘wildspace’ i.e. Air pollution surveys, Biodiversity Bingo games and Litter Picking conservation activities
  • Assisting school staff review and complete their award- sending away a certificate request form to the John Muir Award Trust and celebrating pupil’s achievements!

Example I Bike activities which link to the award:

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