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ear David,

Welcome to our February eBulletin containing the latest John Muir Award information along with activities, events and news from around the UK.

Another year of John Muir Award growth

2016 saw the number of Awards achieved by people from all backgrounds increase by 4%. Read more details here about what UK-wide activity looked like. Congratulations to everyone who’s been involved!

Work for the John Muir Trust
England Education Manager: Manage and increase education-related John Muir Award activity and position the Award in relation to the English education and learning sector. Based in Bakewell, Derbyshire. Closing date 17 Feb.
John Muir Award & Attainment Project Officer: Manage and increase John Muir Award activity in East Ayrshire (primarily through schools), making direct links with the Scottish Attainment Challenge. Closing date 15 Feb.
For more information on both posts see here.

Telford and Wrekin Partnership
For over 10 years Telford & Wrekin Local Authority’s Outdoor Education Centre at Arthog in Snowdonia has used the John Muir Award to underpin outdoor learning and promote environmental responsibility. A new partnership, working closely with the Outdoor Education Service, aims to support over 2,000 people each year to be involved.  For more information contact

East Ayrshire Council Partnership to focus on attainment
East Ayrshire Council is funding a John Muir Award & Attainment Project Officer to work with schools in the region for 18 months. The post will help to develop the potential for learning outdoors to improve health, literacy and numeracy, working to close the poverty-related attainment gap through participation in the John Muir Award.

John Muir Award Training dates
Two-day residential courses give a thorough introduction to the John Muir Award:
11-12 March        Wiston Lodge, Scottish Borders
5-6 April               Brathay Hall, Ambelside, Cumbria
31 May-1 June   FSC Nettlecombe Court, Williton, Somerset
A ‘John Muir Award in Schools’ one-day course is for teachers and others involved in classroom or community learning to find out how the John Muir Award can be integrated:
15 September    John Muir Trust Wildspace, Pitlochry
For more information including details of how to book click here.

John Muir Award AONB Resource Guide
The John Muir Award has been used to develop closer links with Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Read the new AONB Resource Guide. See a range of Resource Guides on National Parks, Biodiversity, Surveys, Outdoor Learning, Outdoor Access, Wildlife Gardening, Sustainability, and John Muir.

The John Muir Award and Adult Wellbeing Case Study
Use of the John Muir Award by groups supporting adults with health and social care needs is on the increase.  They report the benefits to those who take part as ranging from practical skills acquisition through to improved self-esteem and mental health to increased social inclusion.  Find out about one such project - Brighton Housing Trust's 'Finding Futures' - in our new case study here.

Membership offer
Join the John Muir Trust before the end of February 2017 using promo code AWARD and get a 25% discount on your first year’s individual or joint/family membership. As a member you’ll help protect and conserve wild places, and support the Trust to run the John Muir Award for free. Amongst the many benefits of membership, you’ll receive regular high-quality publications. See the website for full T&Cs.

Valentine acre
Give your loved one a uniquely romantic gift - Adopt an Acre of Ben Nevis, Skye and/or Schiehallion for them.


AGM 26-27 May, Fort William
Book now for the Trust's 2017 AGM and Members' Gathering.

Mountain men remembered
The Des Rubens and Bill Wallace Grant now commemorates two inspiring mountaineers and friends of the Trust. Find out more.

Are children disconnected from nature?
John Muir Award Manager Rob Bushby thinks there’s more to it than simple headlines. Read his article.


John Muir Day 2017
Plan ahead for John Muir’s birthday on 21st April. How will you celebrate the life and legacy of the pioneering conservationist? Keep an eye on and social media via #JohnMuirDay for events and ideas.

OPAL Community Champions
Read an interview with our Scotland Education Manager Rebecca Logsdon on how Citizen Science can make a positive difference by encouraging communities to get involved in science and nature.

Scotland's Wild Land Areas
Find out why the John Muir Trust welcomes Scottish Natural Heritage descriptions and guidance for Scotland's 42 Wild Land Areas.

Grants - Creative STAR Learning Company
A list of grants has been compiled by Creative STAR Learning Company to aid schools, youth groups, the environmental, outdoor and play sectors with finding funding for a range of outdoor ventures and initiatives. It will be up-dated every six months.

Grow For It 2017
Grow Wild is looking for creative young people aged 12-25 to raise awareness of the importance of UK native wild flowers and plants. Two funding streams are available - Transform a Space and Get Creative. Find out more.


Local School Nature Grants Scheme
Bird boxes, bee hotels and nature experts are all available free to schools as part of a Learning Through Landscapes/Grounds for Learning new Local School Nature Grants Programme. Grants provide an assortment of nature equipment and training up to £1000; the application process is quick and straightforward.  

Tesco Bags of Help grants
Money raised by the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores is encouraging community participation in open spaces, including physical improvements (paths, trees, benches, raised beds, outdoor classrooms) and activities (volunteer training, events). Grants of up to £5000 are available to community groups, schools, charities, local authorities. Read more here.

Taking Learning Outdoors Free CPD day on Outdoor Learning
Training gives staff confidence and basic skills for outdoor learning in school/centre grounds and other local areas. 3 dates are available, offering a mix of theory, practical outdoor sessions and discussion:
Wed 15 Feb, Caledonia Primary School, Glasgow –
Fri 24 Feb, Ancrum Outdoor Centre, Dundee –
Sat 11 March, Carlingwark Outdoor Centre, Castle Douglas –-

87% of Young Scots think we need to protect the environment
New research from YoungScot and Scottish Natural Heritage reveals young people’s relationships and attitudes to nature. 74% enjoy spending time in nature and 87% agree we need to protect the natural environment. The survey suggests a relationship between the amount of time spent outdoors and attitudes towards enjoying and protecting the natural environment. Read more about findings and download the report here.

Youth Environmental Action Fund
Groups of 11-24 year olds from the Dales/Bradford/Leeds/North Lancashire or East Cumbria can apply to the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust for up to £1000 to set up practical or campaign based projects to benefit the environment. There’s no deadline and they’re open to ideas!  Teachers may get involved too as long as the process is led by young people.

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