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John Muir Award

The North Ayrshire Countryside Ranger Service is a John Muir Award provider. This means that we incorporate the Award into our existing outdoor learning programme, which allows the participant to gain a John Muir Award.

So what is the John Muir Award?

The John Muir Award aims to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to discover, enjoy and conserve the planet's wild places, through a structured yet adaptable scheme.

It was launched in 1997 by the John Muir Trust, which was formed in 1983 to safeguard and conserve wild places in the United Kingdom, and to increase awareness and understanding of the value of such places. The John Muir Award is the main educational initiative of the Trust. 

The John Muir Award was established to:

  • Promote educational, social and personal development, through the exploration of wild places and involvement in conservation
  • Encourage an environmental agenda within youth organisations and a youth work agenda within environmental organisations
  • Ensure that social circumstances don't exclude people from opportunities to experience wild places

There are 3 levels of the John Muir Award:

Introductory level

Discovery Award – 4 days or equivalent minimum time commitment 

Intermediate level

Explorer Award – 8 days or equivalent minimum time commitment

Advanced level

Conserver Award – 20 days or equivalent minimum time commitment, over at least 6 months

To gain a John Muir Award, 4 challenges must be met:

  • Discover a wild place
  • Explore your wild place
  • Conserve – take some personal responsibility
  • Share your experiences

Within the North Ayrshire Ranger Service, the John Muir Award is delivered in partnership with youth organisations, schools and community groups.

Individuals, families and small groups of any age and background are encouraged to take part in the John Muir Award - further information is available on the John Muir website.

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