40 hours

John Muir Discovery Award
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“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” 


– John Muir

Based at Dare Valley Community Woodland we hold exclusive School Groups and Home Education Groups in term time and holiday camps which are open to the general public.

To achieve a John Muir Discovery Award, each individual participant engages in a range of activities  totalling 40 hours that embrace the following four Challenges:

1. Discover a wild place,
2. Explore its wildness,
3. Conserve a wild place,
4. Share your experience

Activities can include:


Shelter building and making fires

Woodwork and whittling

Mountain biking

Conserve a wild area


Create a floor book of evidence

The children have a truly amazing John Muir experience and learn so much about their environment and ecology in a fun and social fashion. At the end of the course, every participant receives their John Muir Discovery Award which sets them on their way to the Explorer award or the beginning of their Duke of Edinburgh award.


For our Home Education Group or Holiday Camps, check out our schedule here.

Private groups are between £100 – £150 per child (12 minimum)

Contact us to discuss tailoring the course to you and your children’s needs. Click here for contact details.