We are a group of young people aged 12-15 and we took part in a John Muir Award this summer. We did a lot of different things and learned about John Muir and the environment. To complete a John Muir Award you need to do three things – discover the environment, explore the environment and conserve the environment.
We started by exploring our local area and the environment surrounding us. We went to the Quarry Park and played environmental games such as Bat and Moth. We then went through the forest exploring different things and we made a huge structure made out of sticks.
Next we went to Dunbar. At the John Muir Museum we learned some facts about John Muir and his family. One was he would get up at 1am to work on his inventions and when he wasn’t doing that he was working on the farm. After the museum we went to the John Muir Country Park where we explored the beach. To get to the beach we had to walk over salt marshes. This is a very interesting place and fantastic for observing wildlife and enjoying some peaceful time looking at nature.
We also spent time as a group working on team work and learned how important this is. At Beecraigs Country Park we had a BBQ and worked on team activities with a Co-Oper blanket and parachute.
An important part of the John Muir Award is doing something to conserve the environment. We worked with rangers at Craigmiller Castle Park who told us a bit about the park. The ranger showed us how to remove an invasive species of plant called ragwort that is harmful to animals and we got all of the ragwort from a huge field. Afterwards we spent some time enjoying the surrounding park which included long grass and woodland.