If you spend four days (or at least 24 hours) or more with your family discovering, exploring, conserving and sharing wild places then you could achieve the Pembrokeshire Coast Family John Muir Award.
The John Muir Award is an environmental award scheme focused on wild places. It encourages people of all backgrounds to connect with, enjoy, and care for wild places and can be done over the course of a week, six months or longer.
We’ve produced a leaflet for families that will explain everything you need to do the Pembrokeshire Coast Family John Muir Award. Click the link to download our John Muir Family Award leaflet.
You can share your John Muir Award journey in the Facebook group.
It’s a brilliantly flexible way for all families to experience the outdoors, learn about nature and care for our wonderful wild places.
Everyone can get involved, from toddlers to teens, to grown-ups and grandparents, couples and cousins, aunties and uncles, complete newbies and seasoned adventurers!
Watch the videos on the John Muir Award YouTube channel for lots of ideas about what you could do.
For advice you can email the Award Co-ordinator, or call the National Park Authority on 01646 624800 and ask for the Discovery Team who will be happy to talk it through.
You can also drop into one of the Carew Castle, Castell Henllys Iron Age Village and Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre to ask for further details.
Completing the Award
All you need to do is show us the evidence that you have spent at least four days discovering, exploring, conserving and sharing wild places.
You can keep a journal on paper, take photographs or make a video about what you have been doing.
Bring your evidence in to one of our centres or e-mail our Discovery Team.
About John Muir
John Muir was an adventurer, a writer and environmentalist, who helped set up the very first National Park.
The John Muir Award is provided by the John Muir Trust, a conservation charity dedicated to protecting and enhancing wild places.
We are working in partnership with the John Muir Trust to encourage families and groups to do the award in Pembrokeshire.
Family John Muir Award Leaflet
Click the link to download our John Muir Family Award leaflet, which will explain everything you need to do to achieve your award.
Useful resources and Links
Mission Explore: John Muir
An excellent free e-book with loads of fun activities to try with kids (big or small!)
The National Park authority’s guides to rock pooling, seals, sea birds, bats, crab catching, pond dipping and the wild coast in Pembrokeshire.
Discover John Muir
Inspired by Muir, here are a few examples of how you can experience the natural world for yourself.
The Wild Network
The Wild Network is a new, wilder way of organising and a different way of taking action, collectively. It is a not-for-profit organisation.
National Trust: 50 things to do before you're 11¾
Get your kids closer to nature with ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ from the National Trust
Wild Pembrokeshire Places to Explore
Carew Castle and Tidal Mill
All outdoor areas of the Castle and its grounds are open, including the Walled Garden and play area.
National Trust Stackpole Centre
National Trust centre located in the Stackpole Estate, South Pembrokeshire. The natural surroundings of Stackpole are wonderfully wide and varied including mature woodlands, dramatic cliffs, dune systems, freshwater lakes, and formal gardens.
Colby Woodland Garden
Set in a tranquil South Pembrokeshire valley, this National Trust-run woodland garden with a rich industrial past is full of surprises with different flora to discover in spring, summer, autumn and winter.
Welsh Wildlife Centre, Cilgerran
Run by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, including four nature trails around the Teifi Marsh Nature Reserve.
Useful Conservation Links
Opal Explore Nature
The Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) network is a UK-wide citizen science initiative that allows you to get hands-on with nature, whatever your age, background or level of ability.
The Countryside Code
Use the family of Countryside Codes on the Natural Resources Wales website to help you prepare and enjoy safe visits to the countryside.
Big Garden Birdwatch
The Big Garden Birdwatch takes place at the end of January each year. By taking part, you help the RSPB find out more about our wonderful garden wildlife.