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.
"The Apprentice Ecologist Project allowed me to learn more about leadership and environmental stewardship. As an Apprentice Ecologist, I learned the importance of taking initiative. By co-founding the Go Green Club and organizing environmental events, I learned that I can make a positive difference for the environment. Meanwhile, working with a team led me to collaborate with others about ways to create a greener community...Environmental sustainability and social justice are connected in that everybody deserves to have the fundamental right of having a livable and clean environment. If we want to protect the world's ecosystems and biodiversity, people must come together to establish a more environmentally sustainable planet."
-- Colette -- Winner of the 2015 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.