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Dear !*FIRST NAME*!,

The results of the 2009 Nicodemus Wilderness Project Apprentice Ecologist Awards are now final. A committee of NWP volunteers and board members chose ten winners (including three scholarship recipients) from the record 175 Apprentice Ecologist project essays submitted last year. All 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!

We extend a special congratulations to Manali for her inspiring project to start a sustainability initiative, called Green Crusade, to make positive, eco-friendly changes in her school and community. Her project benefits her local community and provides innovative solutions to environmental problems that face other communities around the world. Manali will be receiving a $500 scholarship from the Nicodemus Wilderness Project to help fund her college education and support her future growth as a conservation leader!

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 go to college. Please consider making a Gift Donation to NWP today to help grow the scholarship fund and nurture the conservation leaders of tomorrow.


Winning NWP Apprentice Ecologist Project Essay for 2009
Manali (Portland, Oregon, USA)

"The first time I heard former Vice President Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth in 8th grade, I vowed to make a stand against global warming. During my sophomore year at Jesuit High School, I had the opportunity to fulfill my vow when I was elected to my school’s Student Government...
The Apprentice Ecologist Initiative has the power to not only inspire students to take action, but also make positive changes in our world. It only takes one person and one persistent voice to spur action and change in others.
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NWP Youth Volunteers Make A Difference
(Results as of April 22, 2010)

NWP Project Hours
Trash Removed (lbs)
Native Trees Planted
Habitat Restored (acres)


Eco-Quote: Be Inspired So You Can Inspire Others

Rachel Carson: "Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is symbolic as well as actual beauty in the migration of the birds, the ebb and flow of the tides, the folded bud ready for the spring. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature - the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter."

Reading: Silent Spring, The Sea Around Us


Make a Difference Today

Earth Day is April 22 and if you love our work then tell the world! You have an exciting opportunity to help make even more of a difference in our community. GreatNonprofits a site like Amazon reviews is conducting a campaign to find the top-rated environmental nonprofits. Wont you help us participate in the campaign by posting a review of us? All reviews will be visible to potential donors and volunteers. Its easy and only takes a couple minutes! If we receive at least 10 positive reviews (4 or 5 stars) by April 30, we will receive national exposure via the GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Environmental Nonprofits list and via GuideStar, the premier site for philanthropic research on the Web. Write your review and make a difference today!

Happy Earth Day!

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



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