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Play England’s Exploring Nature Play South West: John Muir Award  2013

Five month project run on behalf of Play England’s Exploring Nature Play South West Project, organising a John Muir Award (discovery level), aiming to connect children and families to wild spaces within the Torbay area. Involving family groups, ages from five to sixty.

He knew his audience and helped them to play to their strengths so that they all wanted to be there and do more.- Adult Adventuer, John Muir Adventure Project
I don’t think there was anything that I didn’t like- except when I couldn’t go. I would have loved to do a residential- Jane Henbrow (Play Guru), John Muir Adventure Project
I think Dan would have been a John Muir- Child Adventurer, John Muir Award Project

Professional recommendations for Dan

I have been working with Dan at Fort Apache Adventure playground in Hele, Torquay for the last year. He works at our free play sessions during the holidays and provides environmental activities, fire lighting, bug hunting, green woodworking, whittling etc. I have also worked with him providing sessions for Torquay Academy at the summer school last year. Dan is very knowledgeable about the environment, he has a good rapport with children of all ages and can serve as a good role model at the playground. He has a quiet, calm approach with the children and is patient when explaining things to them. He understands the value of childrens play and makes sure that all the work he does has a playful element. I would be happy to recommend him as an environmental playworker.- Theo Tanser: Forest school practitioner
Dan led this discovery level John Muir Award with passion and enthusiasm and careful planning. He met the participants where they were at, and deepened their awareness of the natural world through fun, reflection and collaborative activities. I look forward to working with Dan again on his next John Muir Award project.- Shona Fernyhough: Environmental playworker

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