These awards encourage people to connect with, enjoy, and care for wild places. It’s an environmental award scheme for people of all backgrounds – groups, families, individuals. It’s non-competitive, inclusive and accessible.
You also need to show enthusiasm and commitment towards your activities and have an awareness of John Muir and understand why it is important for you to complete the award.
The John Muir awards are about adventure, personal growth, enjoyment, art, culture and creativity. You can use any outdoor space to complete, from your own back garden to the coastlines, rivers and mountains of the great outdoors.
There is no set syllabus, you can structure your own activities and it is accessible to everyone of any age. You can complete challenges on your own, with friends or with family.
These are awarded based on a minimum time commitment:
This time cannot be carried forward to the next level. Each level is separate.
You should start with the Discovery award, but if your project is big enough you might be able to start with the Explorer or Conserver award.
Note: all the documents can be download from the section below.
1. Read the handbook carefully and plan an outdoor activity (there are plenty of ideas on the John Muir website). We can discuss your ideas with you- let us know you are interested by contacting us using the button below.
2. Complete a 2-page proposal form and send this to us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. This must be sent at least 2 weeks before you start.
3. We’ll discuss your proposal form by phone, email or in person, and may suggest some changes or offer guidance if necessary. If the award criteria are met we’ll register your proposal and give you the go ahead.
4. Get started, get outside, get active! Record what you are doing (ask us for an account for a digital record resource or use the paper-based version below).
5. Tell us when you are nearly finished and we can review your activity and see if everyone in your group have met the challenges. You will then be able to request a certificate.
6. Celebrate and tell people what you have achieved!
The Ernest Cook Trust is one of the UK’s leading outdoor learning charities. Rooted in the conservation and management of the countryside, the Trust actively encourages children and young people to learn from the land through hands-on outdoor learning opportunities.