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Outdoor Fun Leads to John Muir Award

Wednesday, 01 July 2015

On 11 May, 48 very excited girls set off on an adventure. They were heading for Patterdale Hall, Bolton School's outdoor adventure learning centre on the southern shores of Lake Ullswater, for a week of outdoor and curriculum activities that would lead to them achieving the Discovery Level of the conservational John Muir Award.

In order to pass they had to discover a wild place, explore a wild place, conserve a wild place and share their experiences of a wild place. The girls joined in activities including making a herb garden, walking through the forest to discover and explore Aira Force Waterfall, writing poems and designing movie trailers about their adventures and learning more about the National Trust and the father of conservation, John Muir.

They accomplished their work with enthusiasm and, having written their poems about their vist to Aira Force, they then enjoyed having two of the poems published in the June edition of English Speaking: an English Speaking Board professional international journal.  

After a full week of discovery, exploring and experiencing the wonders of nature, the girls returned home having learnt that there is a real need to look after the planet.

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The girls built a herb garden as their conservation project

The girls built a herb garden as their conservation project

Discovering the outdoors in the grounds of Patterdale Hall

Discovering the outdoors in the grounds of Patterdale Hall

The girls explored wild spaces in the area throughout the week

The girls explored wild spaces in the area throughout the week