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The John Muir Award

The John Muir Award

Encouraging everyone to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places in a spirit of fun, adventure and exploration.

What is the John Muir Award?

It is an environmental award scheme for people of all backgrounds – groups, families and individuals. It’s non-competitive, inclusive and accessible.

All the information about how to get involved, including key documents and case studies can be found on the John Muir Award website

Achieving a John Muir Award in the South Downs

We are working with the John Muir Trust as local facilitators for the Award, helping anyone who wants to link their Award with the South Downs National Park.

Contact us, Learning@southdowns.gov.uk, for more information.

We offer free:

  • Local training events to understand more about the Award, next date(s) to be confirmed
  • Ideas to link the South Downs National Park into your Award activity – download our guide
  • National Park-branded certificates for any Award that links with the South Downs National Park (please make sure to use the above guide and record this on your certificate request form)

What does the John Muir Award involve?

Four Challenges are at the heart of each John Muir Award. Participants should show enthusiasm and commitment, and have an awareness about John Muir.

To achieve an Award each participant must:

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

How long does it take to complete a John Muir Award?

There are 3 levels of the Award, encouraging a progressive involvement.

The same 4 challenges are repeated for each level, with increased involvement in time, activity and ownership.

Award activity can be spread over any number of sessions in order to meet the minimum requirements.

  1. Discovery Award (introductory level), minimum 4 days
  2. Explorer Award (intermediate level), minimum 8 days
  3. Conserver Award (advanced level), minimum 20 days over 6 months

Please get in touch with us, Learning@southdowns.gov.uk, for more information.


" The Downs...too much for one pair of eyes, enough to float a whole population in happiness. "