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Causes: Children & Youth, Environment, Environmental Beautification, Environmental Education, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Our mission: 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. Our values :  * Youth volunteers become leaders when they are given the freedom to identify and solve environmental problems on their own.  * Wildlife and the environment benefit from litter cleanups, native tree plantings, nonnative plant removal, and community recycling programs.  * Young people develop leadership skills and confidence, which helps them become responsible citizens, when they are empowered to make a difference.  * Stewardship of the environment, for the benefit of wildlife and communities, requires long-term commitment from concerned citizens.

Results: As of April 2010, * NWP Youth Volunteers = 17,781 * Total Hours Volunteered = 119,213 * Number of Countries Represented = 133 * Trash Removed/Recycled (kg) = 127,192 * Native Trees Planted = 83,648 * Area Restored for Wildlife (hectares) = 11,616

Target demographics: Kids, teens, and college-age students with an emphasis on youth from 13 to 21 years old.  We also have special programs for at-risk and disadvantaged youth.

Direct beneficiaries per year: About 5,000

Geographic areas served: United States and International

Programs: The Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™ (officially recognized by the U.S. EPA) has engaged thousands of young people (kids, teens, and college-age youth) from around the world in environmental cleanup and conservation projects since 1999. The goals of the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™ are to: * Elevate youth into leadership roles by engaging them in environmental cleanup and conservation projects, * Empower young volunteers to rebuild the environmental and social well-being of our communities, * Improve local living conditions for both citizens and wildlife through education, activism, and action.

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I start my project I think about nature in my region, but I know that ecological problems are not only in my country. To know more about places like this I find this nonprofit and read others problem. It is inspired me write own project and protect the nature.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Nicodemus Wilderness Project(NWP) is a wonderful organization that promotes environmental stewardship. The NWP informs people about the importance of environmental sustainability and what they can do to help. One of my favorite aspects of this organization is that it emphasizes that everyone can have a postive impact on the environment.

The Apprentice Ecologist Initiative engages people around the world. Apprentice Ecologists are young volunteers that conduct their own environmental project and write an essay about their project. Three Apprentice Ecologists are selected to win an $850 scholarship each year. As an Apprentice Ecologist, I have learned about the power of taking initiative and how I can contribute to establishing a more environmentally-sound planet.

Moreover, people of all ages participate in the NWP's annual Make a Difference Day and National Trail Day. The organization also promotes recycling and works to eliminate nonnative species.

Also, the NWP sells Eco-Socks, which are made from all environmentally-friendly materials and/or recycled materials, and are produced by sock manufactures that practice fair trade and fair labor.

I highly encourage you to support the NWP and become a volunteer!

1 Simran V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very Inspiring Stories and Work Sharing
Congratulations to the Team

Simran Vedvyas
Founder - SynergY
Dubai- UAE
www.about.me/simranvedvyas.com

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I appreciate the actions that this organization takes towards motivating and empowering young persons to make an difference in their environment - through education and promotion of action. I am happy to have come across this organization, and to be a part of it. I came across this organization due to a scholarship that this organization made available to young persons who lead a project of their own. It inspired me to take further action in assisting the environmental conditions of my community. I was grateful for the opportunity granted by this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great way to get the younger generation involved in the environment in their communities!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you for your great support. We are now more confident and focused to achieve a green and clean world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Nicodemus Wilderness is an excellent organization because it promotes environmental conservation projects and commitment to our planet, I am very happy to have the opportunity to participate through NWP Apprentice Ecologist this is a great opportunity to share environmental experiences with others.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I made a purchase from Nicodemus and I am so glad that I did. The socks are awesome and the customer service is the best. I love this organization and the all the good they do!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was a very good experience, it is truly good for rewarding people and groups who care about and want to improve the environment.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WE WANT TO MAKE THE T SHIRT BUT WE ARE ADDING OUR SYMBOL ALSO IN IT. CAN WE DO IT.