Nicodemus Wilderness Project
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Educating by example, inspiring conservation leadership among our youth, and preserving Earth’s essential biodiversity and ecosystems compose the mission of the Nicodemus Wilderness Project and our youth environmental program, the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™. Our service-learning program provides scholarships for undergraduates and engages youth volunteers, including those who are at-risk or disadvantaged, in environmental stewardship projects, which include trash clean-ups, wildlife habitat and trail restoration, native tree planting, community recycling programs, and invasive plant removal. Discover how our work to restore the natural beauty and function of native ecosystems worldwide is making a difference to youth, wildlife, and our environment by viewing recent Apprentice Ecologist Projects.

"I initiated the Pollinator Conservation Committee at my school to take action and educate the student body about pollinator decline through honey-tasting booths, classroom presentations, and our school's first pollinator garden. Pollinators are essential to our ecosystems and food production, and their conservation is critical to environmental and human welfare. My upbringing has instilled in me a sense of responsibility and love for nature. The belief that we must protect that, which has given us so much, is core to my environmental stewardship… The pollinator garden serves to brighten the school grounds and bring awareness and tangible action for pollinator conservation. Planting these wildflower seeds will not only create habitat for native pollinators, but also the next wave of environmental stewards. They will be the seeds of change."
-- Lisa -- Winner of the 2018 Apprentice Ecologist Awards

We are a 501(c)(3) publicly-supported nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is:

To protect wildlife and our environment and to build future conservation leaders by engaging youth in environmental stewardship projects worldwide.


Our vision:

We envision that all young people will take personal responsibility and action toward protecting wildlife and the environment in their communities through NWP projects, and that these inspired youth volunteers will become the next generation of conservation leaders worldwide.