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John Muir Award

John Muir Award

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What is the John Muir Award?

The John Muir Award is a national environmental award encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to connect, explore and help conserve wild spaces through a structured and flexible scheme. The award is open to families, schools and youth groups to encourage people to appreciate nature, increase awareness and understanding of the local environment as well as taking responsibility to help conserve it.

What does the award involve?

To achieve the award the participant must complete the four stages at the heart of the John Muir Award. These are:

  • Discover a wild place
  • Explore its wildness
  • Conserve your wild place
  • Share your experiences

The Award has 3 different levels allowing for progression as follows:

  • Discovery Award (introductory level) minimum 4 days
  • Explorer Award (intermediate level) minimum 8 days
  • Conserver Award (advanced level) minimum 20 days over 6 months

How can you achieve your award at Dinton Country Park?

Dinton Pastures offers a fantastic wild place to Discover and Explore with our heathland, woodland areas and lakes, providing opportunities for groups, individuals and families alike.


We can tailor your award to your needs and interests, whether a school, youth group or family wishing to take part.


  • We can help you explore the lake and learn a new skill with our watersports activities including sailing, canoeing, stand-up-paddleboarding, kayaking and pedalos.
  • Why not try our orienteering courses round the lake, in the heath or our accessible course. This can be found on our website.
  • Look for wildlife by walking or cycling around the Country Park to see how many bird and plant species you can find.
  • Try our pond dipping, mini beast hunts or river study sessions to get hands on with nature.
  • Help conserve this natural space by helping our Countryside Rangers with tree planting, habitat management, coppicing, wildlife surveys and litter picks.
  • Share your experiences through art, photography, poetry, creative writing, presentations or social media.

What are the benefits of the John Muir Award?

  • The Award can support parents and teachers to deliver learning outcomes from the National Curriculum through hands-on, adventurous, creative and engaging learning approaches.
  • Encourages environmental awareness, understanding and responsibility for natural places
  • Promotes personal development through outdoor activities
  • Recognise and celebrate achievements of each individual and is non-competitive
  • The award can be done as a family or class to bond, support and share experiences together
  • Build resilience and health benefits through learning new skills
  • Promotes good mental health and well-being from learning outside with family, friends and classmates through physical exercise

For more information on how Dinton Activity Centre can help you achieve your goals and tailor your award, whether you are a parent, teacher or youth leader. Email dintonactivitycentre@wokingham.gov.uk or call us on 0118 934 4424