Awards can provide a sense of achievement and recognition and be a real and lasting sense of reward for everyone.

Flexibility in awards ensure that people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, skills and interests are all able to participate. Awards can strengthen bonds with nature and create a more sustainable link with the natural world.

Achieving Awards in, through and for Nature is a resource to inspire practitioners to navigate and connect nature based awards in Scotland.

The Scottish Junior Forester Award supported by Scottish Forestry gives children and young people an insight into a career in Forestry as well as the practical ability to assist in woodland management in their schools and local communities. It includes a programme of six sessions in which participants complete practical tasks and enhance their knowledge of woodlands and forestry.

The Scottish Junior Forester Award and John Muir Award can be linked together – for Leaders supporting groups/individuals working at later stage of primary education and beyond (up to age 14). More information is available here.

The John Muir Award encourages people of all backgrounds to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places. The Award encourages awareness and responsibility for the natural environment through a structured yet adaptable scheme, in a spirit of fun, adventure and exploration. It is ideally suited for those participants working at the later stage of primary education and beyond.

The annual Scotland’s Finest Woods Award is now open for applications until the 31st of March 2024. This award encourages and rewards schools and pre-schools that increase young people’s understanding and appreciation of the environmental, social and economic potential of trees, woodlands and forests. Another essential criteria of the award is to demonstrate to children and young people the link between trees and everyday wood-based products. Working with previous winners and runners up from the schools and early years categories we have created a range of case studies to inspire settings to apply for these great awards.