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NWP Apprentice Ecologist Awards: 2010


All of the national and international Nicodemus Wilderness Project (NWP) youth volunteers who conducted an environmental cleanup or conservation project this year as part of the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™, can be found by visiting our Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists. These youth volunteers, including those who are at-risk and disadvantaged, have helped rebuild the environmental and social well-being of our communities. Their work has improved local living conditions for both citizens and wildlife through education, activism, and action. We thank every youth volunteer that participated this year; they have made the world a better place!!! View past Apprentice Ecologist Award Winners (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009).

A judging committee of Nicodemus Wilderness Project board members, volunteers, and past Apprentice Ecologist award winners have voted for the top 10 Apprentice Ecologist projects of 2010 conducted in the United States and internationally. We received 112 project essays in 2010. These winning authors embodied the spirit of the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™ by demonstrating personal leadership, initiative, and environmental stewardship in their projects. The award for each author (project leader) of a selected project included a Nicodemus Wilderness Project 100% certified organic cotton tote bag, individual recognition on this web page, and group recognition in a special edition of our eNewsletter. The author of the top rated project essay received a $500 scholarship award from the Nicodemus Wilderness Project. The authors of the second and third rated project essays received a $250 and $100 scholarship award, respectively. The winning author also received a personalized crystal award courtesy of Crown Awards & Trophies. The following award-winning authors appear in chronological order of project essay completion date during 2010.


Greenville, North Carolina, USA

NWP award-winning essay authored by Casey.
2010 2nd Runner-Up: Scholarship Award ($100)

Arrowcreek Park, Reno, Nevada, USA

NWP award-winning essay authored by Margaret.

Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Boynton Beach, Florida, USA

NWP award-winning essay authored byStephanie.


Crestwood High School, Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA

NWP award-winning essay authored by Roslyn.
2010 Honorable Mention

Tolt River, Carnation, Washington, USA

NWP award-winning essay authored by Loren.

Louisville, Kentucky, USA

NWP award-winning essay authored by Emily.
2010 Winner: Scholarship Award ($500)

Ridgewood, New Jersey, USA

NWP award-winning essay authored by Victoria.
2010 1st Runner-Up: Scholarship Award ($250)

Bishop Rosecrans High School, Zanesville, Ohio, USA

NWP award-winning essay authored by Alex.

Ford Field Park, Dearborn, Michigan, USA

NWP award-winning essay authored by Husiena.

Leeds Pond Trail, The Science Museum of Long Island, Plandome, New York, USA

NWP award-winning essay authored by Jai.
2010 Honorable Mention