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Following Government advice to stay safe and protect the NHS, we are working hard to continue to deliver for you. Find information here on how to enjoy the National Park virtually, and how our services are operating during this time.

Achieve the Family John Muir Award

Achieve the Family John Muir Award

The South Downs National Park is offering families the opportunity to achieve the Family John Muir Award.

This is fully inclusive and adaptable whatever your circumstances. Whether you are shielding vulnerable family members or going to school and work, whether you’ve got access to green space or not you can still achieve the Family John Muir Award.

All you have to do over the next few months is 25 hours or more of fun activities which will help you to discover, explore and do something to care for a wild place, and then share your experience with others.

Along the way you will also discover more about John Muir, and either visit or virtually explore the wonders of the South Downs National Park. Your wild place might be a window box, your garden, the tree outside your window, the plants that grow through the cracks in the paving stones, the park around the corner… this is an opportunity to get to know more about the wildlife that is right on your doorstep.

When you sign up you will be sent regular ‘ideas’ newsletters that will be full to the brim with activities you can choose from. From growing something you can eat on your windowsill to building a bug hotel, from making a wild snake bookmark to seeing how many different shaped leaves you can find, you can also come up with your own fantastic ideas. There will be activities for all ages and abilities.

You might even want to link up virtually with family members in other households to achieve the award, sharing your discoveries by text, film, over the phone, or through social media.

The award can be completed indoors or outdoors and participants should follow the advice of “restraint, responsibility and respect” on enjoying the National Park safely.

Families are encouraged to visit their local part of the National Park and explore some of the quieter spots.

Take a look at this great animation to find out more about the award and John Muir…

Sign-up to take part

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