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John Muir Award

The John Muir Award is an environmental award that encourages people of all backgrounds to connect, enjoy and care for wild places through a structured yet adaptable scheme. The Award is not competitive but should challenge each participant. Taking part will develop an understanding of, and responsibility for, a chosen wild place or places. For some this will offer an opportunity to explore values and spirituality.

The John Muir award was launched in 1997 by the John Muir Trust to:

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

John Muir Award Criteria

Four Challenges are at the heart of each John Muir Award, to achieve an Award each participant must:

Discover a wild place
Explore its wildness
Conserve - take personal responsibility
Share experiences

Participants should show enthusiasm and commitment, and have an awareness about John Muir.

There are 3 levels of the Award, encouraging a progressive involvement. The same 4 challenges above are repeated for each level, with increased involvement in time, activity and ownership.

Discovery Award (introductory level)

Minimum 4 days (or equivalent)

Based on group size 8 - 10 participants £175 per person.

Programme dates can be organised on demand to support Key Stage 3 Learning for Life and Employment.

Future (non bespoke Key Stage 3) programme dates suitable for 14 - 18 year olds including youth diversionary initiatives.

Explorer Award (intermediate level)

Minimum 8 days (or equivalent)

Based on group size 8 - 10 participants £350 per person.

Conserver Award (advanced level)

Minimum 20 days (or equivalent) over 6 months

Based on minimum group size 6 participants - £1200 per person.

Participants must have completed Explorer Award (intermediate level) prior to enrollment.


For further information regarding the John Muir Award or to express an interest for BAC to deliver an Award programme please contact BAC. Tel. 02890600132 or email: officeadmin@belfastactivitycentre.com


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