It is an environmental Award scheme based on wild places. It encourages you to enjoy the outdoors, get to know more about nature and wild places, and to do something to look after these places - John Muir Trust
To achieve the John Muir Award at any level, you need to complete activities that involve the following four Challenges:
Discover a wild place
Explore its wildness
Conserve a wild place
Share your experiences
There are three progressive Levels of the John Muir Award:
The same four Challenges are repeated for each level, with increased involvement in terms of time, responsibility and ownership.
Most of our sessions were based on the Forest School site at St. Mary's Primary School. This is a site familiar to the children. To develop 'sense of place', we enjoyed an 'expedition' to an ancient woodland to the west of the village. This is how we completed the award:
On the 13th February the children (sadly 2 were absent on the day) were presented with their well earnt Discovery Level Awards during the school assembly. This marked the end of our 10 week John Muir programme, during which the children had opportunities to explore, discover, conserve and share the wonders of the natural world in which we live.