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John Muir Award

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John Muir Award in the Peak District

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 a nationally recognised environmental award scheme for people of all backgrounds – schools, youth 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 are on the John Muir Award website.

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, who was one of the forefathers of the conservation movement and the formation of National Parks.

To achieve an Award each participant must:

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

How long does it take?

There are 3 levels of the Award, encouraging a progressive involvement. The same 4 challenges are repeated for each level, with increasing 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/25 hours minimum time
  2. Explorer Award (intermediate level), minimum 8 days/50 hours
  3. Conserver Award (advanced level), minimum 20 days/125 hours across at least six months

Achieving a John Muir Award in the Peak District

To work towards a John Muir Award with the support of Peak District National Park staff please contact us at for more information.

We offer:

  • Ideas to link the Peak District National Park into your Award activity. Follow our John Muir Award guide for more ways to get started.
  • A Peak District National Park-branded John Muir Award certificate.
  • Local training events to understand more about the John Muir Award, keep an eye on our website for upcoming training events and updated links to activities and resources.

Current opportunities within the Peak District

  • The Peak Park Conservation Volunteers (PPCV) offers opportunities for Duke of Edinburgh's Gold and Queen's Scout/Guide award participants to complete a conservation project. Individuals can also complete the Discovery Level John Muir Award as part of this.


Contact the Engagement Team to discuss your Award application...

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