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The John Muir Trust Award


									The John Muir
 Trust Award
John Muir was born in Dunbar,
      Scotland in 1838
His birthplace finally opened as a visitor
centre to ensure he is as well known in
  Scotland as he is around the world!
At the age of eleven, he emigrated with
  his family to the wilds of Wisconsin in
the American mid-west, where he spent
            his teenage years
Arriving in California at the age of 30,
   he achieved fame as a botanist,
    geologist and glaciologist, and
  pioneered what is now known as
During his explorations of the High Sierra and Alaska
 (1870 - 1890), Muir became aware of the threats to
 such wild places, and was the first to clearly call for
                  their conservation.
He led the campaign for the protection of Yosemite,
  and deeply influenced Presidents Roosevelt and
Wilson in designating over 50 areas and 200 national
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature's peace will flow into you as
sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow
their own freshness into you, and the
storms their energy, while cares will drop off like
autumn leaves.”

 In order to campaign for wild places, Muir helped set up the Sierra Club
      which today is one of the leading environmental campaigning

          organisations in the world.
“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we
find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.”
“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread,
places to play in and pray in, where nature may
heal and give strength to body and soul alike.”
Ansel Adams
Most people are on the world, not in it. –
have no conscious sympathy
or relationship to anything about
them - undiffused, separate, and rigidly
alone like marbles of polished stone,
touching but separate.
     Aims of the John Muir Award
•   Increase & enhance awareness of wild places
•   Encourage people to take responsibility for wild places
•   Encourage individuals & society to value wild places
•   Promote educational, social and personal development of young
    and the wider community
•   Encourage an environmental agenda within youth organisations,
    and a youthwork agenda within environmental organisations
•   Ensure that social circumstances don't exclude people from
    to experience wild places
•   Raise awareness of John Muir and the John Muir Trust
4 elements at each level must be covered…





And the children must find out about John Muir- his life, work and legacy.
Discovery e.g. Cairngorms, local wild place, overseas wild place such as

Exploration e.g. by canoeing, trekking, climbing, earth walk, environmental

Conservation e.g. minimum impact visit/ expedition, travelling lightly,
beach survey, litter pick, tree planting, plant clearance

Sharing e.g. photography exhibition, newsletter/ presentation to educate
others, diary of impact of the wild place on personal feelings/ emotions
Training available for staff who wish to participate (not essential)

Assessed for the award by a recognised local assessor

Internationally recognised award, useful for students later
          A primary school case study…

                 Schools - West Barns Primary School, East Lothian
  West Barns Primary School undertook their Discovery Award with new technology in
                             to meet curriculum requirements.
  A composite class of P4/5/6 decided to explore their local coastline, and in particular
        an area called Spit Island, which is cut off from the mainland at high tide.
            They were joined by their local Ranger, and discovered the various
     wildlife and habitats on their doorstep. A digital camera was used to track their
adventures. The group used scavenger hunts and other environmental activities to keep
the adventure going and they also undertook a litter clearance to do their bit for nature.
They visited John Muir's Birthplace and made driftwood pictures of Muir to celebrate his
 achievements. They explored the concept of country parks and created logbooks of all
their experiences. The class then decided to share all their findings and experiences of
  places on their own website. They also held a coffee morning presentation ceremony
  where they fund-raised to help contribute to the John Muir Birthplace appeal. Explore
                 West Barns' Discovery Award experience in archives at
            Getting started
• Send for information booklet (done)
• Send a proposal form (done)
• Send for children’s logs/ booklets
• Plan the level (s)
• Carry out the 4 strands (and have fun/
• Submit work/ record for award
  Are you

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