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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.

I think Dan would have been a John Muir- Child Adventurer, John Muir Award 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
He [Dan] helped us to recognise and explore nature. He made sure it was fun, interesting and educational for a wide range of ages.- Adult Adventuer, John Muir Adventure 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 was a core member of the Wild Nights Out volunteer team for many years. He brought a keen interest in natural history, enthusiasm for environmental education and crucially had a calm manner and easily built strong working relationships with colleagues, young people and visiting staff. I could always rely on Dan to turn up at short notice and step into the breach when there were last minute changes to plans. Dan’s commitment to children, young people and the natural world has gone from strength to strength and I look forward to working with him again in the future.- Richard Irvine: Outdoor Practitioner

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