Schoolchildren earn John Muir Awards outdoors in Inverness

Pupils from three Primary Schools in Inverness made the Caledonian Canal their classroom recently as they joined us to gain John Muir Awards along the historic waterway.

Schoolchildren from upper primaries at Muirtown, Dochgarroch and Dalneigh schools have spent time exploring, discovering and conserving the waterway with our Canal Officers which has led to them being awarded a John Muir Trust Discovery Award.


Our Canal Officers based in Inverness, Stephen Wiseman and Ruaraidh Milne, led the outings which included learning about wildlife and bushcraft, storytelling and creating short nature films to share with the rest of the school and further afield.

Watch the films for Muirtown, Dochgarroch and Dalneigh online!

Stephen said:

Schoolchildren across Inverness have learned about and cared for their local waterway, earning well-deserved John Muir Discovery Awards as a result of their efforts. This is a massive achievement for these local school pupils, who have spent time engaging with the rich heritage and environment of the Caledonian Canal.

Every year, hundreds of schoolchildren engage with nature on Scottish Waterways Trust projects. These outdoor learning experiences are so valuable to children, leaving a fantastic impression on them.

As well as having fun, exploring and discovering in the outdoors, these activities help young people learn about the importance of caring for our special waterways biodiversity and the wildlife which makes it their home.

The outdoor learning activities form part of our ‘Canal Life’ programme, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Hugh Fraser Foundation, Postcode Local Trust, and The Robertson Trust.

Michelle Paterson, class teacher at Dalneigh Primary, added:

The John Muir Award programme with Scottish Waterways Trust was great. The children really enjoyed taking part and looked forward to it every week. It really inspired them to get out and explore their local areas!

If you’d like to get involved with our outdoors education programmes, please get in touch on or on 01324 677809.