The John Muir Award is an environmental award scheme focused on wild places. It encourages awareness and responsibility for the natural environment in a spirit of fun and adventure.
The John Muir Award in the Cairngorms offers an exciting opportunity for participants to meet the challenges of a national environmental award scheme, focused on wild places and which is closely linked to key aims of the Cairngorms National Park.
This inspiring film was made by Zeki Basan, a Cairngorms NP Junior Ranger, about travelling in the footsteps of John Muir in Yosemite NP as part of his John Muir Conserver Award. Find out more about the Junior Rangers.
“One day’s exposure to mountains is better than cartloads of books” John Muir
The John Muir Award is open to all, regardless of age or background, and free to everyone! It has been set up to make it possible for a wide range of groups to explore the Cairngorms National Park, to take some responsibility for conserving it, and to share these experiences. It is particularly suited to schools (upper primary and secondary), voluntary and community groups who are visiting the National Park.
Gaining a John Muir Award involves meeting four Challenges:
The wild place (or places) can be anywhere in or around the National Park; from a local pond, wildlife garden or school grounds to a moorland or mountain top wilderness area.
You also have to find out about John Muir and the John Muir Trust. John Muir was the founding father of National Parks so finding out all about the Cairngorms National Park is an essential part of your John Muir Award.
There are three levels of John Muir Award requiring more commitment and effort at each progressive level: Discovery, Explorer and Conserver.
We would recommend that you get involved at the Discovery Award level which requires 4 days or equivalent time commitment to complete.
Getting started with the John Muir Award is a very simple and straightforward process, just follow the steps below.