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NWP Apprentice Ecologist Awards: 2018


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 (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017).

A judging committee of Nicodemus Wilderness Project board members and past Apprentice Ecologist award winners have voted for the top 10 Apprentice Ecologist projects conducted in the United States and internationally. These winning authors embodied the spirit of the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™ by demonstrating leadership, initiative, and environmental stewardship in their projects. The authors of the top five essays receive a Nicodemus Wilderness Project 100% certified organic cotton tote bag and individual recognition on this webpage. The author of the top rated project essay receives a $1,000 scholarship award from the Nicodemus Wilderness Project. The winning author also receives a personalized crystal award courtesy of Crown Awards & Trophies. The authors of the second and third ranked project essays receive $500 and $250 scholarship awards, respectively.


Don River Valley, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

NWP award-winning essay authored by Lisa.
2018 Winner

Tallahassee Museum, Tallahassee, Florida, USA

NWP award-winning essay authored by Cynthia.
2018 First Runner-Up

Lebec, Kern County, California and Los Angeles, California, USA

NWP award-winning essay authored by Patrick.
2018 Second Runner-Up


Honeoye Falls-Lima Schools, Honeoye Falls, New York, USA

NWP award-winning essay authored by Natalie.
2018 Honorable Mention

Blackman High School, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA

NWP award-winning essay authored by Jonathan.
2018 Honorable Mention

Scotts Valley High School, Scotts Valley, California

NWP award-winning essay authored by Alize.

Denver, Colorado, USA

NWP award-winning essay authored by An.

Central Bucks High School South, Warrington, Pennsylvania, USA

NWP award-winning essay authored by Zijun.

Solstice RTC, Layton, Utah, USA

NWP award-winning essay authored by Emily.

Commonwealth Elementary School, Sugar Land, Texas, USA

NWP award-winning essay authored by Zander.