John Muir Award stories

Case studies

#BrilliantResidentials in the Lake District National Park

See what makes a quality residential learning experience – with adventurous activity, a National Park setting and a strong curriculum context. Read the case study on the John Muir Trust website.


"The Lake District has long been a place both to seek adventure and to learn about the environment and our relationship with it. In a world of diverse challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and physical inactivity, it has never been more important to inspire young people to be adventurous, to have hands-on real life experiences of our world in order that they understand and care for it. I’d encourage every school Governor and Head Teacher to support school residential visits to National Parks."

Richard Leafe, CEO, Lake District National Park Authority.

Caring for the Lake District – John Muir Award Conserve Audit 2015

Read about tJohn Muir - kidshe brilliant results from our Lake District National Park John Muir Award Conserve Audit (PDF).

It reveals that in the Lake District during 2015 the John Muir Award delivered:

  • 2,939 participants, working with 55 organisations, helped care for nature and the Lake District National Park
  • 12,098 hours (equivalent of over 1,700 days) were dedicated to Conserve activities, with 28% contributed by participants experiencing disadvantage
  • £68,310 worth of activities over 12 month period

What’s a Conserve Audit?

It’s a monitoring exercise to identify the amount and type of activity carried out to meet the Conserve Challenge of the John Muir Award. This includes practical action, campaigning, and minimising impact, and captures how participants make a difference to wild places. A summary of UK-wide activity carried out during 2015 (plus details on Conserve Audits in UK and Scotland’s National Parks) is available on the John Muir Trust website.