Our Conservation with John Muir Award in Somerset is a 5-day residential course, offering a range of activities based around the theme of nature and conservation.

Learn about the wildlife of the surrounding area, experience the flora and fauna on a spectacular walk, take part in a local conservation project, and try out a range of bushcraft skills in the local woodland.

You will be able to achieve the John Muir Award by the end of the week, and if you are doing the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, this course is also an ideal way to complete the ‘Residential’ section of the award.*

Spend a week in beautiful Somerset, immersing yourself in nature, making new friends and learning new skills. This residential is packed with a range of activities based around the theme of nature and conservation.

This course gives you the opportunity to explore Exmoor National Park and its beautiful surrounding landscapes.

It is ideal for any young people looking to get first-hand experience of conservation in action. This course is perfect for young people with an interest in nature and their environment. No prior experience is required, so why not come along and learn.

You will be able to achieve the John Muir Award by the end of the week. The John Muir Award focuses on four key areas: Discover, Explore, Conserve and Share. The four Challenges promote a holistic approach to outdoor experiences.

If you are Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award participant, this course is also an ideal way to complete the ‘Residential’ section of the award.

Our residentials also give you the chance to develop a range of transferable skills. These types of skills help across many areas of life and are particularly good for including in job or education applications.

Here are some of the transferable skills that are likely to be covered in this residential:

  • Communicating with others
  • Working as a team
  • Managing your time
  • Taking the lead
  • Keeping focused
  • Problem solving
  • Decision making

This course is open to young people aged 16-25. When you book, it is essential that you enter the age and attendees name in the Order Notes at the checkout.  If the attendee is under 18, the booking must be made by a parent/guardian.

If these course dates do not suit you, we run similar courses at many of our other centres.

 

Tutor: FSC Staff

Courses are lead by experienced FSC staff.

  • Two young people looking in to an insect net
  • Young person conducting field work
  • FSC Nettlecombe
  • FSC Nettlecome Court Dormitory

Our centres are operated in a fully Covid-secure way and accommodation will be in suitably shared rooms based on the current government guidance.

Example Timetable

Example Timetable

Day 1
Arrive at 12pm
Afternoon
Lunch, welcome & centre tour. Familiarise yourself with your surroundings and get to know members of the group.  Explore the beautiful area and the species that live there.
Discuss personal aims and objectives for the week.
John Muir Introduction
Explore the local area
Evening
Team building

Day 2
Water based day
Morning/Afternooon
The day could include any of the following activities, depending on your centres location and facilities:
an adventurous journey on the coast exploring the rocky shores nearby
Evening
Mammal trapping/Bat walk

Day 3
Morning/Afternooon
Conservation Day: Involving practical tasks around the centre grounds, learning new techniques and tools.
Evening
Team challenges/night walk

Day 4
Morning/Afternooon
Land Day: Each centre utilises its surrounding landscape and attractions to support you learning more about conservation and the environment. Today could include a day on the hills and birdwatching at RSPB Minsmere, learning more bushcraft skills or woodland management to exploring the mountains and surrounding area.
Evening
Campfire

Day 5
Morning
WIldlife Habitats
Afternoon
Reflection and final review of the course.

Depart 1500

Please note: to ensure safe and quality learning experiences for students, the timetable may alter depending on weather conditions and local factors at centres.

Accrediting Agency

Duke of Edinburgh Award

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Picnic Lunch

Before You Attend

What to bring

  • Walking boots/wellies
  • Waterproof jacket/trousers
  • Warm clothing - plenty of layers and changes of clothes
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Sun hat and sun cream
  • Personal medication
  •  Wash kit and towel
  • Small day rucksack
  • Water bottle and lunch box
  • Head torch/torch
  • Optional – binoculars and camera for wildlife spotting

This course is open to young people aged 16-25. When you book, it is essential that you enter the age and attendees name in the Order Notes at the checkout.  If the attendee is under 18, the booking must be made by a parent/guardian.

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