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John Muir Award e-bulletin March 2015

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








John Muir Award Spring 2015 Newsletter
Our Spring Newsletter is now available to view online. In this issue find out more about our Appeal, Training, It’s Our World, and The Wildlife Trusts.

John Muir Award Appeal update
Thanks to the support of over 200 people who have already donated, our appeal has already raised over £25,000. Can you help, either through sharing information or making a direct contribution? Watch a 2 minute film here and find out more at

C2C4K Appeal Fundraiser
Coast to Coast, over the 4,000ft tops. It's C2C4K. Starting 9th May 2015, David Lintern and David Hine will walk and paddle across Scotland from west to east. They’ll cross lochs, camp on islands and climb the 9 highest mountains in the UK, before paddling rivers from source to sea. They are fundraising to support the John Muir Award Appeal. “We think it's vital for everyone's future. We hope you do too”. You can watch a two-minute film here and sponsor them here.

It’s Our World
Get involved in this mass participation online art gallery.
Take a look at the gallery and resources. Use Twitter and Facebook #ItsOurWorld2015.
View their latest newsletter and subscribe here.

John Muir Award Training dates
Leader Training
These two-day residential courses give a thorough introduction to the John Muir Award.
  • 19th-20th March, National Trust Stackpole, Pembrokeshire, Wales
  • 18th-19th April, Low Port Centre, Linlithgow, Scotland
  • 25th-26th April, Lagganlia Centre, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland
  • 21st-22nd June, Whinlatter Forest, Lake District National Park, Cumbria (non-residential)
  • 26th-27th September, Patterdale Hall, Lake District National Park, Cumbria
John Muir Award in Schools 
These one-day courses are aimed at teachers and others involved in classroom or community learning to find out how the John Muir Award can be integrated into your work.
  • 27th March, John Muir Trust Wildspace, Pitlochry, £40
For more information on training, please visit our website page.

John Muir Trust AGM, 15-16 May
This year’s John Muir Trust AGM and Members’ Gathering is being held in beautiful North Wales in Caernarfon, on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park.

Social Media #JohnMuirAward
Facebook and Twitter users – why not like/follow the John Muir Trust, help spread our message by sharing posts and retweeting, and use #JohnMuirAward when sharing your Award activity.

John Muir Day Celebrations 2015, 18-26 April
To mark John Muir Day this April 21st, Scottish Natural Heritage and partners are running events and activities to help more people to celebrate Muir's love of the outdoors. Find out what’s happening via the events page at and contact to link your group’s event to the celebrations.
Share what your Award group gets up to on #JohnMuirDay15 as well as #JohnMuirAward

Mission:Explore John Muir
We’ve had over 200,000 web hits (!!) on our Mission:Explore John Muir free download. It contains 20 ‘missions’ that reflect the adventures and ethos of John Muir and inspires people to follow in his footsteps. Why not pick out your favourite(s) to celebrate John Muir Day on 21st April, and share you experience, #JohnMuirDay15.

John Muir: Rhapsody in Green
This play traces Reverend Samuel Hall Young’s experiences with Muir through a series of anecdotal recollections of their time in wild and raw 19th century Alaska. Playing in a variety of venues around the UK, information, dates (March to July) and locations can be found here.

Wildtime Calendar
From The Wild Network comes the 2015 Wildtime Calendar. It aims to map wild 2015 events in one easy-to-consult calendar. Every month it will feature a partner organisation; groups can submit their own events. Filtered by postcode, category or month, it's easy to use and will map wild activities in every region in the UK! Visit to look for, or share, wild-time inspiration.

These have recently crossed our screens and show the John Muir Award in action in different settings.
Hello Nestbox
An inspirational 8-minute film about three teenage lads who have spent two years conducting Nestbox Surveys.
National Trust for Scotland Trailblazer
Eight young people from across Europe work towards a Discovery John Muir Award through a National Trust for Scotland week-long Trailblazer camp at Ben Lomond (8 mins).
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Youth Rangers
A 5-minute film showing Your Park Project Youth Rangers in action.

New parents use Award to reconnect with nature
In the April edition of the fab free online mag Outdoor Enthusiast, Kirsty Cathrine shares how she used the John Muir Award as a stimulus to get out and about as a new family. See page 44.

Community Clear Up Day, 20-21 March
With summer around the corner, Keep Britain Tidy is encouraging communities around the country to organise litter clean-up groups as part of a ‘national spring clean’. Packs and downloadable resources are available to help organise and promote your event. More information can be found here.

Big Spring Beach Clean
Surfers Against Sewage is calling for community volunteers to lead Big Spring Beach Cleans at their favourite beaches. They aim to cover at least 150 beaches, and mobilise up to 5000 volunteers to remove tonnes of beach litter from around the UK coastline. The Beach Clean could form part of your John Muir Award.

Every Flower Counts - National Plant Monitoring Scheme
The new National Plant Monitoring Scheme is looking for volunteers to collect data to provide an annual indication of changes in plant abundance and diversity. Different levels of participation ensure that all who are keen to participate can do so, and there will be training materials workshops provided throughout the year.

Solar Eclipse – 20th March
On Friday 20th March 2015, a total solar eclipse will occur across the far Northern regions of Europe and the Artic. Whilst not total in the UK, the sun will be 95-98% covered by the moon at 9.30am. Please do find out how to watch safely, along with times for your location and other information from this website.

Health and Wellbeing in the Outdoors: The IOL National Conference, 17-18 Oct, Loughborough                                                                                                                          
Gather with over 200 outdoor professionals for the biennial Institute for Outdoor National Conference. The conference, aimed at those with a passion for outdoor learning, includes strategic debate, challenging & stimulating presentations and workshops.


Religious and Moral Education through Outdoor Learning
This new Education Scotland resource explores how high quality learning and teaching in religious and moral education (RME) can be delivered through outdoor learning.  It explores the relationship between experiencing the natural world first-hand, developing a deepening sense of spiritual awareness and understanding personal beliefs and values. Designed for teaching staff involved in the delivery of RME, it’s of interest to Providers looking to engage further in spirituality through a John Muir Award. 

Citizen Science in the Community - Sharing Good Practice, 5th May, Battleby
Public involvement in monitoring our environment is growing. Citizen Science enables people to get involved in understanding and protecting their local environment, helping to build a wider appreciation of the natural world. This event is aimed at everyone who works with community groups, young people and schools in the outdoors and who has an interest in building wider engagement in Citizen Science activities.


Elderflower Fields Festival, 22-25 May
The Elderflower Fields Festival of outdoor activities, eclectic music and local food, is designed especially for families. Set in the Ashdown Forest in Sussex, part of the High Weald AONB, there's opportunity to learn about this unique landscape and local wildlife. The Festival will showcase outdoor activities and provide inspiration for your John Muir Award.

Young People and Mental Health – Free Courses
UK Youth and Paul Hamlyn Foundation have set up a series of training events across England in September and October aimed at those working with young people around the topic of mental health and wellbeing. The days offer the opportunity to
  • Share learning about what works to improve young people’s wellbeing
  • Explore current issues
  • Try out activities that can be used with young people to support their mental health and wellbeing. 


Leader’s Landscape Training from Friends of the Lake District
These free training events are aimed at outdoor practitioners to help deepen understanding of the variety and importance of Cumbria’s upland ecology. Eight different events are on offer, ranging from Upland Woodland and Scrub Restoration to Lake Recreation management. To book, email or phone 01539 720 788.    


Free Environmental Training for Organisations in North Wales
17-24 March 2015, Free
Discover Natural Navigation, Foraging Wild Food, the shaping of Snowdonia and much more on a series of workshops & hosted walks. They explore innovative ways to embrace the special features of north Wales and help showcase the natural and cultural landscape to your groups.  

FREE OPAL Science Training for Award Providers
Free training is available for teaching staff and outdoor educators who wish to run OPAL surveys. The sessions will involve practical use of the surveys in the field.  The training days will be held at Parc Menai, Bangor and at Rhydymwyn, Mold.

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