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John Muir Trust John Muir Award

Why this award?

The John Muir Trust’s main engagement initiative is the John Muir Award - a national environmental award scheme that encourages people to connect with, enjoy and care for the natural environment.

The John Muir Award was set up promote educational, social and personal development through engagement with wild places and involvement in nature conservation.

Who is it for?

It’s for people of all backgrounds - groups, families and individuals. It’s non-competitive, inclusive and accessible.

The John Muir Trust’s experience in managing the John Muir Award is that it works best with people working from an upper primary level and beyond.

What time commitment is required?

There are 3 different John Muir Award Levels - Discovery, Explorer and Conserver.
The four Challenges - Discover, Explore, Conserve, Share - are repeated for each Level, with an increased level of involvement in time, activity, responsibility and ownership. This encourages a progressive involvement.
Discovery Award - 4 days (or equivalent) minimum time commitment
Explorer Award - 8 days (or equivalent) minimum time commitment
Conserver Award - 20 days (or equivalent) time commitment, over at least 6 months

Is the award externally accredited?

All John Muir Award activity is registered, approved and reviewed by the John Muir Trust.

Each Award is recognised with an individual certificate of achievement from the John Muir Trust.

Case study: Our Wild Place - Whinhall Allotments

Provider: John Muir Trust

Website: Click here

Budget: Free

For Ages: 10 - 26+

Time to Complete: 4 Days


  • Nature
  • Volunteering
  • Arts
  • Youth Work
  • Get Outdoors
  • Making friends
  • Adventure
  • Achievement
  • Develop my CV
  • Help get into College or Uni
  • Gain new skills
  • Physical Activity

Type of Involvement:

  • Overnight
  • With Others
  • Local Community
  • On my own
  • Away from home
  • Join a group

Award Recognition:

  • Certificate of Achievement
  • To build skills and experience

Meeting Frequency: Ad Hoc


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