John Muir Award


The John Muir Award is a national environmental award scheme.  It encourages people to connect with, enjoy, and care for wild places.

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To achieve a John Muir Award everyone taking part needs to complete four challenges:

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

The wild place (or places) can be school/centre grounds, local park, beach, woods, river, or mountain. The New Forest National Park is an ideal place to complete your John Muir Award.

Who is it for?

The John Muir Award is open to people of all backgrounds and you can take part as a group, family or individual.

The John Muir Award in the New Forest National Park

Taking part in the Award within the New Forest will help develop an understanding of this special place and enable you to look after it.

There are a wide variety of opportunities that could contribute towards your John Muir Award.  You could:

  • Learn about the National Park's special qualities
  • Get involved in the New Forest with a wide variety of activities
  • Find out about John Muir and his links with National Parks
  • Volunteer with support from the National Park and partners
  • Respect and help care for the park as you experience it
  • Leave the car and consider other travel options

Find out more about the John Muir Award. Or attend a free session with our Rangers to learn how to get involved.

Watch the video below:

It is free to take part in the John Muir Award. The paperwork is quick and simple and there is step-by-step guidance available online showing you how to get involved.

We would love to chat about how you or your group can get started with the John Muir Award in the New Forest.

Please contact:

Craig Daters
01590 646 671

For more information about the John Muir Award, please contact:

Phil Stubbington
John Muir Award England and Wales Manager
01796 484696


  1. John Muir Award (you are here)
  2. John Muir Award - free activity sessions


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