John Muir Award – Primary 5

The John Muir Award is an environmental award scheme focussed on wild places.   It encourages people to connect with, enjoy and care for nature, landscape, and the natural environment in wild places.  We have been undertaking our award at our local ‘wild place’, the local woodland next to Hawthornvale Path. For more information, please take a look at this video.



Primary 5 have made a great start to their award. We began by learning about the John Muir award and John Muir himself.  Before going outside we had a think about what a wild place is.


So far we have had great fun exploring the woodland. We are getting used to the different gathering calls we need to know to stay safe in the woodland and we have used our senses to explore the different sounds and sights of the woodland. We have also enjoyed playing games in the woods and having time to roam freely. In the next few weeks we will begin to learn more about the wildlife living and growing in the woodland and begin to think about what we can do to help towards the conservation of the area.

As part of our award we have also visited the Water of Leith Visitor Centre where we learned more about the woodlands and how Scotland first became covered in woodlands. We discussed what trees need to grow and survive and were amazed to learn how trees can communicate with each other!   We learned where the source and the mouth of the Water of Leith begins and ends.  We also had fun doing a bug hunt and then making our own junk bugs.  More photos to follow!

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