On Saturday 5th March, those interested in outdoor learning gathered at Loughs Agency to undertake training from the John Muir Trust. The John Muir Award is an national environmental award scheme focused on wild places. It helps people connect with nature, and enjoy and care for wild places. It is for people of all ages and backgrounds – groups, families and individuals.
The one-day course delivered by Toby Clarke from the John Muir Trust gave an introduction to the relevant skills, knowledge and approaches needed for delivering the John Muir Award for a variety of different groups including junior rangers/ambassadors, health groups, youth groups and schools. The Loughs Agency was presented with a certificate in recognition of becoming a provider of the John Muir Award.
Toby said “It’s great that the Loughs Agency use the John Muir Award to help promote recreational, social and environmental benefits of the Foyle. It’s a good opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the Foyle Ambassadors, and giving participants the chance to make a difference to wild places. We [John Muir Trust] are limited as to how we can support activity in Northern Ireland, and we’re seeking educational and environmental strategic partners to help. So partnerships with organisations such as the Loughs Agency really help – we’re delighted.”
Rosemary McCloskey, Community Engagement Officer at Loughs Agency said ‘The Leadership training brought together a range of individuals including partners we are working with to deliver our youth programmes, and organisations exploring the merit of the John Muir award for their own programmes. It was a great opportunity to exchange ideas, explore new methods and learn about best practice examples of the award being used”.
For more information on the John Muir Award visit www.johnmuiraward.org or contact Rosemary McCloskey for information on John Muir programmes delivered through Loughs Agency.