John Muir Award Update

Emma Waldron

The John Muir award is given in recognition of young people connecting with and conserving nature. There are 4 challenges to each award and three levels of commitment.

As part of Dynamic Dunescapes, we help people to complete their John Muir Award by getting involved with our conservation and restoration work, and have created a booklet of award activities that can be enjoyed at any sand dune site around the country. Recently two of our very special groups, from Devon and Cumbria, have received their John Muir award.

A group of school children hold up certificates

Seascale Primary School, Cumbria

Maple Class at Seascale Primary School have been working hard to complete their awards with us at Drigg sand dunes. They’ve been busy with everything from identifying animals tracks and calls to litter picking and making giant sand art.

They kept a diary of their hard work and completed presentations over on their class blog which you can read it here.

Three people stand in tall grass and inspect a specimen in a pot

Devon Awards

Three of our placement students have been awarded the John Muir Award for the work they’ve done whilst with the project. They’ve been helping with Citizen Science surveys, species surveys, litter picks,  taking part in engagement days, working with local schools, and learning to use G.I.S software to map their species using the data they had collected, among many other things.

The Ayers family have also completed their award by collecting an amazing 25 bags of rubbish from along the Woolacombe shoreline. Here’s what they said;

“I removed rubbish from Woolacombe beach and took the rubbish to the recycling tip. I also helped collect plastic pipping that washed up on Grunta beach. I helped remove the piping, loaded it onto the Land Rover trailer and disposed of it at the National Trust workshop.”

We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has donated their time to support our project this year. We’re looking forward to what can be achieved in 2022!

If you’re interested in finding out more about the John Muir award and possibly signing up to complete it as a family, as an individual, or helping your local school or community group get involved, see our John Muir Award page.

Comms officer Emma Waldron sits smiling on a rock by the coast

About the Author

Emma Waldron
Communications Officer, Dynamic Dunescapes

After studying wildlife ecology and conservation at university, I joined the world of communications via zoos and spent a few years working in bird of prey conservation, before joining the Dynamic Dunescapes project. I'm passionate about connecting people with stories and knowledge that'll empower them to make a difference and learn more about our natural world.