Springboard staff were proud to celebrate the achievements of nine families at St Mary’s Roman Catholic School in Pembroke Dock who, over the past five months had succeeded in meeting all four challenges championed by the Family John Muir Award to Discover, Explore, Conserve and Share.
The award, named after the Scottish naturalist is a non-competitive, inclusive and accessible environmental award scheme for people of all backgrounds be they groups, families or individuals.
In his lifetime, John Muir said “between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life”.
Through Springboard’s programme of family activities at St Mary’s School, the families got to experience new ways of exploring Pembrokeshire’s great outdoors.
Springboard is a Learning Pembrokeshire project that runs a wide range of fun, free and exciting courses for adults and families in targeted areas.
Not fazed by the ‘Beast from the East’ in March, or the soaring summer heat of June, the families got up close and personal with the bugs at Dr Beynons’ Bug Farm in St Davids and learnt about the conservation needs of animals at Manor Park.
The group explored the sea life of the rock pools in Stackpole and Tenby and went barefoot at Castell Henllys.
Finally, they learnt survival skills in Cresselly woods, captured the serenity of Caldey Island on camera, undertook a beach clean at Manorbier and saw the puffins of Skomer Island.
Through rising to the four challenges of the John Muir Award the families got to do things they had never done before and got to feel inspired about things they never thought they would do in the future.
As John Muir wrote, “in every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks”.
The project was funded by the Big Lottery and made possible with partnerships from the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the National Trust, Keep Wales Tidy, the Wildlife Trust, Castell Henllys, Dr Beynon’s Bug farm, St David’s Cathedral and Manor Park.
Families at Manorbier.
Being artistic on the beach.