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John Muir Award - how to get started

1. For guidance read the John Muir Award Information Handbook. View our introductory film or read some case studies.

2. Plan your activity and integrate this with the four challenges.

3. Fill out a Proposal Form and email it to Please send it at least two weeks before you are planning to start your award. If you have any questions, please call Graham Watson on 01539 792 653.

4. Graham will then be in touch to discuss your Proposal, suggest changes if necessary and give you the go ahead.

5. Start your John Muir Award experience!

At the end, complete a Certificate Request Form and discuss with Graham. You'll then receive your own individual (or family) certificates.

What's on in 2019

The John Muir Award is open to schools, community groups, outdoor centres, individuals and families. We offer training events for group leaders and school teachers.

Training days for group leaders

Take a look at the dates and find out more.

Events and guided walks calendar

Many of our Lake District National Park events and guided walks can be incorporated into your own Award – check out our events calendar.

Useful Links

Contact us

We'd love to chat about how you or your group can get involved with the John Muir Award in Cumbria. Please get in touch with Graham Watson, the John Muir Award Manager for Cumbria, on 01539 792 653 or

Graham Watson
John Muir Award
LDNP Northern Office
Old Station Yard
Keswick CA12 4TT

What others say about the John Muir Award

Tim Kendall, Haverigg Primary School

"Brilliant! It's become part of the timetable. The John Muir Award gives credibility to what we're doing, it gives a focus in the school. We used the National Park website which led to a talk about how what we are doing is the same as the National Park, just smaller. Charlotte came out with 'our wild area is like our own mini national park'."

Matthew Ellis, Outdoor Learning and Educational Visits Consultant, Cumbria County Council Children's Services

"Cumbria has a fantastic teaching resource in its outstanding natural environment which we should be making more use of. The John Muir Award provides a great framework for bringing together enjoyment of the outdoors and learning about how we need to value and take responsibility for our environment. I don't hesitate to recommend it to Cumbria's teachers."