John Muir Award

The Challenge: How do we get more people out and about, thinking and learning about the wild places in the Cairngorms in a fun and attractive way?

The Response: Promote a national award scheme that is run by charity, the John Muir Trust, and which is especially good at providing a structured programme of activity that can be done by an individual, a family or a group.  The many educational and outdoor centres in the Park have adopted the scheme - it helps them to present their work as part of the Cairngorms National Park and develop a strong environmental component to their work.  And the participants in the Award scheme love it too.

The John Muir Award is an exciting environmental awareness award that people can use to really get into the Cairngorms National Park.

The John Muir Award is focused on wild places and is closely linked to key aims of the Cairngorms National Park including:

  • Promoting understanding and enjoyment of the Park.
  • Conserving and enhancing the natural and cultural heritage of the Park.
  • Promoting sustainable use of natural resources found within the Park.

To get a John Muir Award people need to –

  • Meet 4 Challenges – Discover Explore Conserve Share.
  • Find out all about John Muir – the father of the National Parks movement.
  • Do at least 4 days of activity.

Since 2004 over 15,000 people have achieved their John Muir Award in the Cairngorms National Park.

Many schools have used it to enhance their curriculum work and as a framework for taking their learning outdoors. There are 3 levels Discovery, Explorer and Conserver which allow structured progression to be part of your involvement.

To talk directly to someone about getting involved, please contact the John Muir Award Manager for the Cairngorms,

Alan Smith:
Tel: 01479 870518