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 was four when my parents first took me to the Sequoia National Forest, and I have fallen in love with the place ever since. Many experiences like these across my life have inspired me to protect the environment at all costs... Project Blue Butterfly is a nonprofit I founded in October (2019) with its main goal being to raise funds and awareness for the threatened El Segundo and Palos Verdes Blue Butterflies... I first divided up the nonprofit into three sections: community service, environmental education, and political action... For the community service aspect, I devoted more of my time to planting the host plants, but I also plan on starting beach cleanups on my local beaches and advertising land conservancy events helping the butterflies... If there was any bit of advice I could give anyone interested in starting an Apprentice Ecologist Project or anything of their own, it would be: do it. You never know who you could meet along the way; maybe you could save someone's life or just save a cute little butterfly."
-- Cooper -- Winner of the 2020 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.