Go ‘Wild About Sussex’

Go ‘Wild About Sussex’ with inspirational outdoor leaders Nicky Fish and Kathryn Jordan:

 Embark on an adventure with us and take part in activities to develop your school grounds whilst undertaking the prestigious John Muir Award ( activities may also contribute to the Green Trees School Award and Green Flag Eco Awards ).

The John Muir Award involves discovering a Wild Place, Exploring it,  doing something to look after it, and finally sharing your experiences with others.

The John Muir Award can be undertaken by school groups of any age but those taking part must have an understanding of why and how they are participating.

It is recommended for key stage 2 and upwards.

The John Muir Award helps deliver the National Curriculum through outdoor learning.

The award can be carried out by all ages and abilities as a family group.

John Muir was an explorer, mountaineer, botanist and conservationist who had a passion for wild places. He was born in Scotland in 1838 and moved to the United States in 1849.

Muir felt it was his life’s work to educate others about the wonders of the natural world and help people experience nature for themselves.

Muir embraced all nature and recognised that everything is connected. He explored the mountain ranges of America and wrote about the importance of wildness which helped to create the first National Park at Yosemite.

Undertaking the John Muir Award you will follow in his footsteps and be encouraged to enjoy the outdoors, learn about nature and wild places in your own locality of the South Downs National Park in Sussex.

There are three levels of the award: Discovery, Explorer and Conserver.

The minimum time commitment is 4 days for the introductory level to 6 months at the advanced level.

At each level all four challenges are tackled: discover- explore- conserve- share

The most important aspect is to show enthusiasm and commitment with your involvement with the process and develop a lifelong passion and enjoyment of wild places and want to conserve them.