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NWP Apprentice Ecologist Awards: 2017


All of the national and international Nicodemus Wilderness Project (NWP) youth volunteers who conducted an environmental cleanup or conservation project this year as part of the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™, can be found by visiting our Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists. These youth volunteers, including those who are at-risk and disadvantaged, have helped rebuild the environmental and social well-being of our communities. Their work has improved local living conditions for both citizens and wildlife through education, activism, and action. We thank every youth volunteer that participated this year; they have made the world a better place!!! View past Apprentice Ecologist Award Winners (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016).

A judging committee of Nicodemus Wilderness Project board members and past Apprentice Ecologist award winners have voted for the top 10 Apprentice Ecologist projects conducted in the United States and internationally. These winning authors embodied the spirit of the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™ by demonstrating leadership, initiative, and environmental stewardship in their projects. The authors of the top five essays receive a Nicodemus Wilderness Project 100% certified organic cotton tote bag and individual recognition on this webpage. The author of the top rated project essay receives a $1,000 scholarship award from the Nicodemus Wilderness Project. The winning author also receives a personalized crystal award courtesy of Crown Awards & Trophies. The authors of the second and third ranked project essays receive $500 and $250 scholarship awards, respectively.


Washington, Idaho, and Montana, USA

NWP award-winning essay authored by Miles.
2017 Winner

Northeast Indiana, USA

NWP award-winning essay authored by Alexandra.
2017 First Runner-Up

Veterans Park, Lexington, Kentucky, USA

NWP award-winning essay authored by Kathleen.
2017 Second Runner-Up


Savannah, Georgia, USA

NWP award-winning essay authored by Andrew.
2017 Honorable Mention

Newbury Outdoor Education Lab, Newbury, Ohio, USA

NWP award-winning essay authored by Noah.
2017 Honorable Mention

Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center, Millersville, MD, USA

NWP award-winning essay authored by Caitlyn.

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

NWP award-winning essay authored by Kirstina.

Palm Beach County, Florida, USA

NWP award-winning essay authored by Jessica.

North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

NWP award-winning essay authored by Linnea.

Herzen State Pedagogical, University of Russia, Russia

NWP award-winning essay authored by Anastasia.