Our diverse and educational John Muir 5-day residential course is packed with a range of activities based around the theme of nature and conservation.

Spend a week in beautiful Shropshire, immersing yourself in nature, making new friends and learning new skills.

This course is perfect for young people aged between 16 and 25 years, with an interest in nature and their environment. No prior experience is required, so why not come along and learn about the wildlife of the riverbank on a canoeing journey down the River Severn, experience the flora and fauna of the ‘Stiperstones’ on a spectacular walk, take part in a local conservation project, and try out a range of bushcraft skills in the local woodland.

It is ideal for any young people looking to get first-hand experience of conservation in action.

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
  • Reliability
  • Keeping focused
  • Problem solving

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

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

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.

Tutor: FSC Staff

Courses are lead by experienced FSC staff.

  • Growing Confidence members in canoe
  • Growing Confidence members around a campfire
  • Young Darwin Scholars identifying insects
  • Youth Experience Residential Campfire
  • Dining room at FSC Preston Montford

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 canoe journey down the river or a day exploring the countryside 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, learning more bushcraft skills or woodland management to exploring the 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

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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