Nicodemus Wilderness Project Overview
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
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: * Clean up trash from a mountain, river, shoreline, beach, park, or wilderness area
* Plant native trees in their yard, neighborhood, school, park, open space, or other natural area
* Set up a permanent recycling program in their home
* Take the first steps in setting up a school or community recycling program
* Testify or lobby for the protection of an endangered species or an imperiled natural area
* Prepare and give a talk to school children about wildlife, conservation, recycling, or clean energy issues
* Remove graffiti from a natural area
* Improve awareness about the importance of using renewable energy sources
* Reduce soil erosion by maintaining established trails and closing off short-cuts
* Assist the elderly with their yards by planting/maintaining vegetation that provides native wildlife habitat
* Build a rain garden that utilizes roof runoff to grow vegetation that provides native wildlife habitat
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.
To protect wildlife and our environment and to build future conservation leaders by engaging youth in environmental stewardship projects worldwide.
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.
* 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