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.
"I feel that the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative is important in that it both gives motivation for and recognition of stewardship projects across the world. Such projects are often carried out "behind the scenes" as it were, and so any exposure is incredibly important to ensure that these projects continue. My own project gave me a deeper understanding of the difficulty in implementing environmental policy and public service campaigns... Our world is not inexhaustible; as members of the ecosystem and as those with the most power to destroy the environment, we bear the responsibility to protect it."
-- Matias -- Winner of the 2014 Apprentice Ecologist Awards
We are a 501(c)(3) publicly-supported nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is:
To protect wildlife and our environment and to build future conservation leaders by engaging youth in environmental stewardship projects worldwide.
We envision that all young people will take personal responsibility and action toward protecting wildlife and the environment in their communities through NWP projects, and that these inspired youth volunteers will become the next generation of conservation leaders worldwide.