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.

"My Apprentice Ecologist Project was Young Leaders for Wild Florida, a two week summer experience that inspired teens in my hometown of Gainesville, Florida to become the next generation of environmental leaders... Our program is built around a theory of change-- that if we want to save wild Florida, we need to get young people connected to our environment, understanding what's happening to it while working together to protect and restore it, and finally rising up and leading a movement to save it... The passion, camaraderie, and leadership our participants showed gave this sense of possibility, that there are young people out there in Florida and all over who are ready to get out in the woods and save our planet's future if we give them the chance. This experience has made me even more certain that activating youth conservation leadership is my life's work."
-- Oscar -- Winner of the 2019 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.