John Muir Awards and Training

holly in the hollow

The PKC Ranger Service is able to support groups, or individuals, that wish to use Perth and Kinross Council owned greenspace sites to achieve a John Muir Award.

The John Muir Award is an environmental award scheme that encourages people to discover and explore an area of greenspace, and then take practical action to conserve this area. The final part of the award is to share your experiences with other people. The award is the educational programme of the John Muir Trust. They are the UK’s leading wild land conservation charity, inspired by the legacy of John Muir.



With a number of new rangers joining the greenspace team, it was recommended to do the formal training lead by a John Muir Trust member of staff.  We were fortunate to use Breadalbane Community Campus and opened the days training to PKC teaching staff and other ranger services in the area.

During the course the group learned about the award structure is being versatile making it suitable for a wide audience. It can be carried out in an array of greenspace from gardens to mountains. There are three different levels for the award, discovery, explorer and conserver levels.

  • The discovery award is the introductory level which requires the participant to carry out a minimum of 4 days working on a project.
  • The intermediate level is the explorer award which requires participants to carry out a minimum of 8 days.
  • The advanced level is the conserver award where a minimum of 20 days over a period of 6 months is required.

The day crammed in a lot of information including writing up a proposal form and trying out a number of resources the John Muir Trust had to offer.

The award can be done on its own or to complement other awards such as Duke of Edinburgh or the Junior Ranger scheme and the Rangers are keen to do this.

If you would like to discuss a John Muir Award project, PKC Ranger Service can be contacted here

loitering in the woods  subtle sign of natureoutside warm-up

Our JMA Poem – Various Participants

Standing in the cold,

Deep roots take a hold,

Cracked, mossy bark,

Lichens have left their mark,

What are you?