John Muir

John Muir was a very famous conservationist who has inspired thousands of people to take a more active interest in their local environments and natural areas, Mrs Waller introduced us to him and we were instantly hooked and wanted to be more involved with our local area.

We began by researching him and making some posters that explained who he was and what work he took part in. It was quite a fascinating session and we were encouraged to create something he would be proud of. We next started designing our conversation projects to be used in our Forest School. It was quite a challenge agreeing on a project to choose, but eventually we decided on something we could all take part in. There were a lot of things to consider, such as; what animals lived in our forest that needed protecting, what predators exist that need to be deterred, how would we stop the children and adults who use the Forest from damaging or interfering with our work, what resources would we need and many more!

After the design process, we took part in some team building activities to help us work as efficiently as possible (whilst having some fun as well…). It was very interesting learning about each other’s strengths and weaknesses – that knowledge definitely helped us later during our project work, especially when we needed to carry heavy objects up and down the stairs! We watched a quick safety demonstration on how to use the tools and moved onto sighting our projects based on our designs and previous discussions. We spent a lot of time reflecting on our designs as we needed to adapt to the situations and environment around us, many of our groups needed to rethink their designs based on the land not being completely level!

The next session we continued with our projects. We had to work very well as a team to make sure our projects were completed to a high standard and they would be effective in their purpose. Many groups focussed on camouflaging their projects from predators and it was very difficult to spot them (especially the bee hive that is underground!). We are finishing our projects off by writing a report about our experiences. We have loved every moment of the John Muir work, it has made us appreciate our local areas more carefully and we look forward to using this knowledge later in our lives.

Next time you are up in the forest, spend some time looking for our habitats – but please do not touch them!

Thank you to the staff and volunteers for your time, resources and support. And thank you Mrs Waller for inspiring us to take a more active role in looking after our environment!