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Educating by example, inspiring conservation leadership among our youth, and preserving Earth’s essential biodiversity and ecosystems is the mission of the Nicodemus Wilderness Project and our youth environmental program, the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™. This service-learning program provides scholarships for undergraduates and engages youth volunteers, including those who are at-risk and disadvantaged, in environmental stewardship projects which include beach, river and mountain trash clean-ups, wildlife habitat and trail restoration, native tree planting, community recycling programs and invasive plant removal. Discover how our work to restore the natural beauty and function of desert and tropical ecosystems worldwide is making a difference to youth, wildlife, and our environment by viewing recent Apprentice Ecologist Projects.

"Working on my Apprentice Ecologist Initiative allowed me to become a leader and gave me a platform so I could recruit volunteers to help me with my project. I also realized a person can make a difference even if they start out small. It is very important to get my generation interested in protecting the environment because they will be the leaders responsible for making important decisions of what will happen with the environment in the future."
-- Eric -- Winner of the 2012 Apprentice Ecologist Awards

Apprentice Ecologist Results: Current as of April 24, 2014

NWP Youth Volunteers
Total Hours Volunteered



Trash Removed/Recycled (kg)
Native Trees Planted
Area Restored for Wildlife (hectares)