An environmental award scheme encouraging people to connect with, enjoy and care for our wild places
The Cairngorms National Park is a fantastic place to complete your John Muir Award and learn all about what makes the Park special.You can participate as a group (suitable from upper primary level and above), family or individual. It is non-competitive, inclusive and accessible.
“One day’s exposure to mountains is better than cartloads of books” John Muir
The wild place could be anywhere in or around the Cairngorms – from a local pond, wildlife garden or school grounds to remote moorland or mountain top wilderness areas.
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.
There are three levels of John Muir Award requiring more commitment and effort at each progressive level: Discovery, Explorer and Conserver.
We recommend that you get involved at the Discovery Award level which requires 4 days or equivalent time commitment to complete.
You also have to find out about John Muir and the John Muir Trust. John Muir was the founding father of National Parks so learning about the Cairngorms National Park is an essential part of your John Muir Award.
Getting started with the John Muir Award is simple and straightforward – just follow these steps:
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.