John Muir Award

The John Muir Award encourages people of all backgrounds to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places.  As part of your visit/s to Shallowford Farm, we can arrange relevant learning and engagement for anyone who would like to achieve a John Muir Award.

It is an environmental award scheme focused on wild places, is inclusive, accessible and non-competitive, but should challenge each participant.  The Award encourages awareness and responsibility for the natural environment through a structured yet adaptable scheme, in a spirit of fun, adventure and exploration.

It’s open to all who can understand and meet the Award Criteria.  It is ideally suited for those participants working at the later stage of primary education and beyond. Adults are welcome to get involved too – on their own, in groups, or alongside younger participants.  John Muir also offer a Family Award that welcomes involvement as a family unit and can include all ages and abilities.

For more information please click the following links:

Award Suitability: 

The Four Challenges – Discover, Explore, Conserve, Share:

Award Levels

There are three different levels. The four Challenges are met for each level, increasing in responsibility and ownership.

Award Criteria

To achieve a John Muir Award, each participant must:

  • Meet the four Challenges
  • Complete the required time commitment
  • Show enthusiasm and commitment towards their involvement
  • Have an awareness of John Muir
  • Understand what the John Muir Award is and why they are participating 
  • Discovery Award – four days/25+ hours minimum time commitment
  • Explorer Award – eight days/50+ hours
  • Conserver Award – 20 days/125+ hours across at least six months