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John Muir Award e-bulletin October 2016

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This e-bulletin contains details of our John Muir Award Gathering, along with information, events and news from around the UK.


Providers’ Gathering:
8 November, 10am-4pm, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Who’s it for? Anyone who delivers and supports the John Muir Award.
What’s it for? To hear from others, network, share good practice, and explore new ways of getting involved.

We’ll be joined for a workshop session on modern-day adventures by Author, Filmmaker, Blogger - and Adventurer - Alastair Humphreys.
Capacity is strictly limited so book early!
Cost £20, including lunch and refreshments.
Contact  to receive a Booking Form.
Spirit of John Muir evening talk by Alastair Humphreys, 8 Nov 
We have reserved a limited number of tickets for Gathering attendees for this otherwise sold out evening event in Edinburgh, cost £12, (£6 concessions).
NB these must be reserved by 14 October at the same time as booking for the Gathering.

Autumn Newsletter
Our new issue has a take on 'Nature for All', details of our Providers' Gathering and information on #Brilliant Residentials, Learning for Sustainability, Natural Connections and National Parks.

Click and browse!

Support from Heritage Lottery Fund for John Muir Award in England 
We’re delighted that we have been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant increase of £137,000 to further support our England work through to 2018. The long-term delivery of the John Muir Award in England depends on strategic partnerships and funding beyond 2018 – HLF support offers much more opportunity to explore this over the next 12-18 months. If we should be talking to you about partnerships at scale, about match funding (which we still need to source), or the legacy of this work beyond 2018, please contact

John Muir Award Training dates
Leader Training two-day residential courses give a thorough introduction to the John Muir Award. For information including details of how to book click here.
12-13 November, Balmoral Estate, Cairngorms, Aberdeenshire
2017 dates will be published on the website towards the end of the year.
John Muir Award in Schools: these one-day courses are for teachers and others involved in classroom or community learning to find out how the John Muir Award can be integrated.
18 October, Shipley Country Park, Derbyshire
28 October, Birnam Arts Centre, Birnam

Conserve Audit
As well as a four-page summary of our UK-wide 2015 Conserve Audit, we’ve produced a range of regional and themed Conserve Audits.
Click on links for detailed information on what our Conserve Audit looked like in Scotland, England, Wales; Schools (England, Scotland); National Parks (UKScotland, Lake District); Youth Social Action.

If tweeting is your thing, you can share using #JohnMuirAward and follow @JohnMuirTrust.
Or just take a scroll through to see lots of news, images, and examples.

8-Point Plan for England’s National Parks
With an active presence in all 15 UK National Parks, the John Muir Trust is already making a strong contribution, and has more potential to help realise Defra’s and National Parks England’s ambitions. 
A John Muir Trust response  to the 8-Point Plan for England’s National Parks (Defra) is online.

Wild Nature Diary 2017 and 2017 Calendar
The John Muir Trust’s Wild Nature Diary 2017 and 2017 Calendar are available to buy from our online shop.
Besides the stunning images for which it is well known, the Diary includes passages from editor/photographer John Beatty and a Foreword by writer Robert Macfarlane.

Transforming Outdoor Learning in Schools: Lessons from the Natural Connections Demonstration Project
This new, free-to-download guide provides practical tips and case studies to support teachers, schools and their networks when developing plans for outdoor learning. And a new Natural England blog is well worth a read: “Are we are the turning point for outdoor learning”. 

Learning Away #BrilliantResidentials campaign 
A new campaign has been launched to encourage schools to provide more residential experiences for children and young people of all ages and from all backgrounds. The #BrilliantResidentials campaign promotes and champions school trips with an overnight stay. Schools, teachers, parents, pupils, residential providers, Initial Teacher Education providers, youth groups and all concerned with the development of young people can find out more and pledge support at . Follow @LearningAway on twitter and tag #BrilliantResidentials.

The Making of a National Park City
On September 21st, London’s Royal Festival Hall played host not to a concert or a conference, but a gathering of the committed and the curious to hear about the campaign to make London the world’s first National Park City. Read an account of the evening here.

A 6 minute film featuring endorsements and diverse perspectives explains the concept of a National Park City. Watch 2 minute films about waterways, outdoor learning, being wild, and parks, in the context of London as a National Park City.

Wildflower seeds
Grow Wild distributes free wildflower seeds across the UK to encourage people to get planting for pollinators. Go online and register to receive a free packet of native wildflower seeds this autumn.


#iwill week – 21-25 November
You are invited to Show & Tell your community all about the youth social action you are involved in. Celebrate the impact young people are making and that enables others, young and old, to get involved. Visit #iwill  for free specially created resources to help support your #iwillWeek celebration.

Beach Clean Boxes – resources for beach clean activity
If you include beach cleans as part of your John Muir Award activity, this resource may be of interest. Surfers Against Sewage is providing ‘beach clean boxes’ at 125 locations for groups to borrow, with equipment such as gloves and litter pickers. For more information see here.


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