The John Muir Award is an environmental award scheme that encourages people to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places – from the nature in your local park, waterway or school grounds, to coasts, hills and forests.
It encourages awareness and responsibility for the natural environment through a structured yet adaptable scheme, in a spirit of fun, adventure and exploration.
Four Challenges lie at the heart of the Award: discover a wild place; explore it; do something to conserve it; share your experiences. It’s suited to participants working at later-stage of primary education and beyond, including adults. This award is managed by the John Muir Trust.
What is the purpose of the award?
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?
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!
Want to find out more?
- Download John Muir Award and Curriculum for Excellence to find out how it can contribute to school priorities
- See how pupils and teachers working with I Bike have put the Award into action at Murrayburn Primary and Blackburn Primary
- Browse the Award’s Ideas and Resources webpage for case studies and activity ideas on various themes, including education, health and wellbeing and literacy
- Visit the Award’s Get Involved webpage to find out how to plan, register and get started