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The results of the 2008 Apprentice Ecologist Awards (including our $500 scholarship winner) are now final. A committee of NWP volunteer staff and board members judged the record 160 Apprentice Ecologist project essays submitted last year. The thousands of NWP youth volunteers, who contributed so much to the environment and to their communities (both in the US and abroad) as part of these projects, deserve special recognition for their amazing efforts. With your help, we can make a difference in the lives of many more of these inspired young men and women, including those who are at-risk and disadvantaged, by empowering and enabling them to pursue higher education. Please consider making a gift donation to NWP today (Designation: Youth Scholarship Fund) to help us protect the environment and nurture the conservation leaders of tomorrow.

Of the top 10 essays, members of the NWP awards committee felt that one project essay rose to the top. The following NWP Apprentice Ecologist project was voted as the #1 project essay for 2008. Congratulations to Gustavo (Sao Paulo, Brazil) for his inspiring project to develop and implement a recycling, material reuse, and environmental education program. His innovative project benefits the indigenous Terena tribe within the village of Lalima (Brazil) and provides a long-term solution to the environmental problems of the area! Gustavo will be receiving a $500 scholarship from the Nicodemus Wilderness Project to help fund his education and enable him to become one of the world's future conservation leaders.


Winning NWP Apprentice Ecologist Project Essay for 2008

"We stayed in a very poor indian village called ‘Lalima’, right in ‘Pantanal’s heart. Although they are indians (tribe ‘Terena’) and lived in ‘bambo’ houses, they have a local school made of bricks (constructed by FUNAI – National Indians Foundation) and they are relatively urbanized: they speak Portuguese, wear clothes and purchase industrialized products from the closest city. And there was my problem!....(Read More)"


NWP Youth Volunteers Make A Difference
(Results as of February 28, 2009)


Youth Volunteers
Hours Volunteered
Trash Removed from Environment (lbs.)
Native Trees Planted 

Area Restored for Wildlife (acres)
Number of Countries Represented
U.S. Dollar Value of Volunteer Time
Value of Your $50 Gift Contribution


Eco-Quote: Be Inspired So You Can Inspire Others

Edward Abbey: "A man could be a lover and defender of wilderness without ever in his lifetime leaving the boundaries of asphalt, powerlines, and right-angled surfaces. We need wilderness whether or not we ever set foot in it. We need a refuge even though we may never need to go there."

Reading: Desert Solitaire, The Monkey Wrench Gang, Down the River


I hope you've enjoyed this edition of the Nicodemus Wilderness Project eNewsletter (Subscription: 11,848 people worldwide and growing).


Robert K. Dudley, Ph.D., Director
Nicodemus Wilderness Project



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