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Welcome to our December eBulletin containing the latest John Muir Award information along with activities, events and news from around the UK.
Providers’ Gathering
Read about the essential ingredients for our John Muir Award Providers’ Gathering. See #JohnMuirAwardGathering.


John Muir Award Training Spring 2017 dates
Leader Training two-day residential courses give a thorough introduction to the John Muir Award.
11-12 March, Wiston Lodge, South Lanarkshire
5-6 April, Brathay Hall, Ambleside, Cumbria
31 May-1 June FSC Nettlecombe Court, Williton, Somerset
For more information including details of how to book click here.

New Poster from
What do people do as part of their John Muir Award, and why do they use it? Responses to those questions were captured in an illustration by Tom Morgan-Jones. It’s free to download here. Print it, share it, put it to good use - let us know how and where.

Proposal Form Guidance Notes
The 2-page spread in our Autumn 2016 Newsletter has had lots of good feedback, so we’ve made it into a simple 2-page download, here. Use it to help with planning, and as a prompt for discussions about how you’ll complete your own Proposal Form.

Growing by 15% a year in Scottish schools
Almost 16,000 John Muir Awards were achieved via Scottish Schools in 2015-16 – a 15 per cent increase over the previous year. Read more.

The Spirit of John Muir event
Read an account of an entertaining evening spent with some inspiring modern-day adventurers, the second in our ‘Spirit of John Muir’ series of lectures, featuring Alastair Humphreys, Zeki Basan and Maude Tiso. See #SpiritOfJohnMuir.

New film showcases John Muir Trust properties
Adventurer Alastair Humphreys' and filmmaker Tem Doran’s inspiring 'Wilderness' film made its debut at our Spirit of John Muir event. It had 250,000 views in its first week of release.
“Stunning…Beautiful…Restful and uplifting”…See for yourself here.

Making a difference 
Two young John Muir Award recipients from Shropshire recently became #iwill ambassadors - read more about how they plan to encourage others to 'enjoy our surroundings responsibly'. The John Muir Trust’s pledge to the #iwill campaign is to involve 100,000 young people in safeguarding nature by 2020, and it is delighted that that Jamie Bright and Matilda Hill join the #iwill ranks this year.

#BrilliantResidentials campaign
The John Muir Trust has pledged “to work with others and provide more life changing #BrilliantResidentials for young people. We'll promote the #JohnMuirAward to help make positive connections with wild places an integral part of residential experiences.”
Find out more from the excellent Learning Away website (info and resources) and how to support the campaign.

16-year-old Scots film-maker & ‘The Wild Along The Way’
John Muir Award recipient Zeki Basan has released his new film ‘The Wild Along the Way’.  It follows the John Muir Way, a 134 mile route across Scotland, showing just how accessible Central Scotland’s wild places are and encouraging us all to enjoy its beaches, can
als, woodlands, cities, hills and lochs. Read more here and watch ‘The Wild Along the Way’ here.

RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch & Schools’ Birdwatch
Spend an hour between 28 and 30 January 2017 (as part of your John Muir Award) identifying and counting the birds in a garden, or local park. Click here for information on this valuable Citizen Science project, including how to identify the species you may see.
From 3 January to 17 February 2017, pupils can get involved in the Big Schools’ Birdwatch. Register to receive a free bird identification poster as well as resources about birds and how to encourage them into your school grounds.

New Footpath App Launched
Are you using footpaths as part of your John Muir Award? Celebrate good views, wildlife sightings, and enjoyable walks. Help identify challenges such as missing signs, overgrown paths or busy road crossings. The Ramblers Pathwatch app allows you to do this – all from your pocket. Celebrating experiences and reporting problems helps not only look after paths but increases how we value them too. Download the app here.

Stories, Stones and Bones Grants
As part of Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017, Heritage Lottery Fund is offering £3,000 to £10,000 Stories, Stones and Bones grants to projects that engage people with their history, from learning about natural heritage to finding out more about local history, traditions and customs. Deadline 31 January. Find out more here.

Hedgehog Street
Hedgehog Street is a campaign aimed at protecting hedgehogs across the UK. Find information, ideas and tips for hedgehog-friendly gardening, get involved in campaigning and upload your sightings to the Big Hedgehog Map.

Marine Conservation Society – Cool Seas
Cool Seas resources are now online to help engage learners with marine and coastal topics. For primary school learners, Cool Seas Explorers has a range of quizzes, games, downloadable resources and teaching guidance. For 10-16 year olds, Cool Seas Investigators projects focus on key marine conservation issues.

Free Trees
The Woodland Trust is giving away 3,250 tree packs to schools and communities. Complete an online application and the packs will be sent out when it’s the best time to plant. 
Free tree packs are available for community groups in mainland England, Scotland and Wales through TCV and Ovo Energy’s tree planting initiative. Click here to find out more and register your group to receive a tree pack.

Support for Environmental Outreach Education at FSC
Schools and colleges can receive up to 80% towards the costs of providing environmental outreach education for groups of disadvantaged young people through the Field Studies Council’s Kids Fund.
Apply by 1st March here.


Celebrate your inspiring Young Scots today!
The Young Scot Awards are Scotland’s biggest celebration of young people. They shine a spotlight on outstanding contributions of young people who have made a difference, from volunteers to community champions and local heroes. There are 12 categories to nominate young people and groups aged 11-26 including environment, health, the arts and community. Click here to make nominations - deadline 27th February!

Rural Land Use Resource Pack - Conflict & Resolution
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park has developed a new education pack to support geography teachers to deliver lessons on land use and conflict management. Click here to download the resource pack.

Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens
Join the Scotland Gathering on Wed 22 Feb for workshops including fun with food, best practice with volunteers, the John Muir Award, orchard care, and what the Community Empowerment Act means for community gardens, plus tours of The Field and the Dunkeld Community Orchard.  Birnam Arts Centre, Dunkeld.

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