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Dear !*FIRST NAME*!,

The Nicodemus Wilderness Project is pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 Apprentice Ecologist Awards! A committee of NWP board members, volunteers, and past Apprentice Ecologist award winners chose ten winners (including three scholarship recipients) from the 112 Apprentice Ecologist project essays submitted last year. These young conservation leaders in turn recruited 2,415 youth volunteers in their projects, collectively resulting in 34,631 hours of community environmental service, the removal/recycling of 255,543 pounds of trash from environment, the planting of 6,959 native trees, and the restoration of 981 acres for wildlife. All NWP Apprentice Ecologists and 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 Emily for her inspiring project to help save the polar bears by educating thousands in her community about these magnificent animals and the complex ecosystems on which they depend. In addition to educating others, she pioneered novel ways to reduce carbon emissions from local businesses and hospitals in an effort to reduce global warming, which threatens to destroy polar bear habitats. Her project benefits her local community and provides innovative solutions to larger environmental problems that face other communities around the world. Emily received 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
Emily (Louisville, Kentucky, USA)

"My name is Emily, and here in Louisville, Kentucky, they call me “the polar bear girl.” My Apprentice Ecology project has been an ongoing project for the past three years. In 2007, I was privileged to be able to go to the Arctic to study polar bears and how climate change is affecting them. This experience affected me profoundly. I looked a polar bear in the eyes, and came away with the realization that I had to do something to save this magnificent species. I came home ready to teach my community about how the bears and their ecosystem are suffering, and this has been my passion since that day...(Read More)"


NWP Youth Volunteers Make A Difference
(Results as of August 22, 2011)

NWP Project Volunteers &
(Hours Worked
Trash Removed (lbs)
Native Trees Planted
Habitat Restored (acres)
25,716 (186,351 hours)


Eco-Quote: Be Inspired So You Can Inspire Others

John Muir: "Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life."

Reading: Our National Parks ; John of the Mountains


ISF Collaborative Partnership

NWP has partnered with the Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF)!

NWP has formed a new collaborative partnership with the Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF). Our shared interests in the environment and youth made this a natural partnership. Some of the top priorities of ISF are "ending deforestation, planting trees, eliminating pesticides and healing our planet." Both NWP and ISF recognize the importance of youth volunteers in making these shared goals a reality. The Apprentice Ecologist Initiative is one way youth volunteers are making a positive difference to our environment everyday. We are proud to announce that ISF has chosen to support NWP and the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative through this collaborative partnership. For a recent article on this partnership, please visit our ISF environmental page.


Thanks for your ongoing support!

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



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