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John Muir Award e-bulletin March 2016

Dear <<First Name>>,

This e-bulletin contains the latest John Muir Award information along with activities, events and news from around the UK.






Information Handbook
Download the new Information Handbook to find out everything you need to know to run the John Muir Award - for leaders, teachers and volunteers. You’ll find handy hyperlinks throughout.

John Muir Award survey reveals encouraging results
A 2015 Provider Survey of organisations using the Award in Scotland highlights that using it helps people value wild places and put something back.
The students have learnt how to appreciate wild places in their local communities that they have never noticed before. The John Muir Award is an introduction, a first experience of nature for pupils and staff.”

Learning Away: Making the case for high-quality residential learning
Monday 21 March - Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, 4-6pm, Free
Learning Away works with schools to develop Brilliant Residentials which are led by teachers, co-designed with students and fully integrated into the curriculum. Find out more and book here.

John Muir Trust joins #iwill campaign
The #iwill campaign promotes the value of social action to young people and communities. John Muir Award participants contribute towards action for wild places, their communities and themselves. The Trust has pledged to continue to inspire social action - can your organisation be part of the campaign?

John Muir Trust updates
Positive partnership gains recognition: The Trust has been named 'Scottish Local Partner of the Year' by UK-wide employability charity Tomorrow’s People for work at Glenlude with our John Muir Award initiative.
Suilven tops Euro-wide vote: Many thanks to everyone who voted in the recent EOCA poll. We won £18,000 towards path repairs on Suilven and have now almost raised a further £50,000 towards the project . Find out more or donate here.
Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year: See the ten winning images of the John Muir Trust Wild Places Prize in this year’s competition.

John Muir Day Celebrations – 16-24 April.
John Muir Day 2016 celebrates the life and legacy of the pioneering conservationist. A variety of events will be taking place to mark the occasion.
Get involved! See for events and activities.

World’s foremost John Muir impersonator in Scotland 27 April-14 May
Lee Stetson is a professional actor and John Muir scholar who has offered unique performances in role as ‘John Muir Live’. This spring he is visiting Scotland to perform as John Muir at various locations along the John Muir Way. You can join his public events. Tour dates are available here.

Alpkit Foundation helps people ‘Go Nice Places, Do Good Things’
Alpkit has established a charity called the Alpkit Foundation. It aims to help young people overcome obstacles that prevent them from getting outdoors. Applications are particularly welcomed from John Muir Award groups.

Global Goals and the World’s Largest Lesson
The United Nations recently agreed a set of goals that aim to make our planet fair, healthy and sustainable by 2030.  Global Goals 13: Climate Action, 14: Life Below Water, and 15: Life on Land, are particularly relevant for John Muir Award activity. Resources available include: a guide, an animated introductory film and a set of lesson plans.

Free Outward Bound Taster Courses
The Outward Bound Trust offers free taster courses for those working in the education sector. They aim to build knowledge and understanding of outdoor learning, contribute towards professional development, and can highlight John Muir Award links. All food, equipment and accommodation is free - just bring yourself, a colleague and a sense of adventure!

Support a Tree Charter
The John Muir Trust has joined the Woodland Trust and 40+ organisations in calling for a Charter for Trees, Woods and People. John Muir Award Providers can become a Charter Champion and bring people together to discover and celebrate the woods and trees at the heart of their communities. #TreeCharter

Resources & Funding
Woodland Trust Tree packs - Free tree packs are on offer for eligible schools and community groups.
Polli:Nation - Schools are invited to apply to participate in Polli:Nation, to help protect the UK’s bee populations. Successful applicants will receive a grant, expert support, and free materials and resources.
The Big Bat Map - Find out about local bat hotspots, upload information about bat sightings and get involved in survey work with this online resource from the Bat Conservation Trust.
Orchard Windfalls Funding - Grants of between £100 and £700 are available to schools and community groups for the planting of apple and pear trees on publicly accessible land.


Citizen Science
If you’d like to consider ways to link the John Muir Award, related resources and activities, to Citizen Science, this Education Scotland paper gives an excellent introduction. The Conservation Volunteers also offers lots of great links and resources here.

Our Environment Competition 2016
Scotland’s Environment is running a competition for young people to share their ideas for improving their local environment and making a difference to their community. To find out how individuals, schools and youth groups can take part, visit Scotland’s Environment website.

Now Even Easier to Find a Training Course That Suits You
The Scottish Advisory Panel for Outdoor Learning has created a search function on their website to enable teachers, leaders and volunteers to find the right local course for them.

Wild Park film & Funding for travel to Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs is a great place to complete your John Muir Award. Watch a 3-minute film to find out more about the five Wild Park challenges and how you can support biodiversity in the Park.
Travelling can be expensive, so to help John Muir Award groups from all backgrounds experience wild places, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park offers an Educational Travel Grant. This can cover up to 75% of total transport costs, up to a maximum £200.

Litter pick plus
Keep Scotland Beautiful has a new Litterpick Plus toolkit as part of their Clean Up Scotland campaign. It helps groups continue to look after the area once it has been cleaned and also focuses on preventing litter.


‘Year of Adventure 2016'
Throughout 2016 Visit Wales and the Welsh Government are encouraging people to experience adventure in the country’s landscapes and environment. Adventure is at the heart of the John Muir Award. Participants, Providers and supporters - share your experiences on social media using #YearOfAdventure and #JohnMuirAward.

Outdoor Learning Wales – Grant Scheme
OLW Grants provide funding for activities that enhance the overall aims and objectives of Outdoor Learning in Wales.  Projects can apply for Grants through OLW network groups.

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