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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.

"This program (Apprentice Ecologist Initiative) encourages us to take a stand for what we believe in. This promotes leadership and environmental stewardship. The projects done for this initiative not only protect the environment now, they build future environmental advocates...After doing this project, I know that one person can have a big impact on the environment. Hopefully I can continue to have such an impact as the years go on."
-- Jessie -- Winner of the 2011 Apprentice Ecologist Awards

Apprentice Ecologist Results: Current as of April 19, 2014

NWP Youth Volunteers
Total Hours Volunteered
U.S. Dollar Value of Volunteer Time



$ 6,707,921

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