Nicodemus Wilderness Project

Rating: 4.77 stars   26 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Environment

Location: P.O. Box 40712 Albuquerque NM 87196 USA

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.
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 3 stars  

An environmental and human rights NGO based in CARAGA Region XIII engaged in policy reforms and legal advocacy on natural resource management, promotion of people’s rights, good governance, and the pursuit for genuine local autonomy and development. Local autonomy enhanced through effective governance, sustainable environmental management and promotion of people’s rights in partnership with marginalized sectors and local government. APREDEC works with marginalized sectors and local governments in CARAGA Region XIII and beyond, through policy reforms, legal advocacy, alliance building, sustainable and democratic environmental governance and management arrangements within the context of participatory development APREDEC exists to engage in advocacy work for reforms and development of creative policies, executive-legislative agenda designed to enhance access and control of local population recognized as preferred resource users secured from constant threats and exploitations by strangers over existing forests, land, marine and aquatic resources. In particular, it aims:

 To engage in advocacy work for policy reforms and development, legislative and executive agenda, resource-enhancement and revenue generation measures at the local, regional and national levels;
 To establish network of legal service providers and extend institutionalized legal assistance to advocates and wardens of coastal/marine resources and environmental protection;

 To undertake feasibility studies,
program and project proposals in various fields of development such as, but not limited to, local resource management, law and order enforcement initiatives, promotion and institutionalization of stewardship, transparency and accountability among national and local government agencies;
 To coordinate, carry out, or receive scholarship grants and programs, study tours and internship projects, for the propagation of its avowed vision, mission and goals; and
 To solicit funds, perform economic activities, receive contributions, donations, gifts, bequest, legacies or endowments in the pursuit of its purposes of existence.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

The Nicodemus Wilderness Project has been instrumental in maintaining this adopted area of the Albuquerque Foothills. They have been a willing partner and enthusiastic with their support of the community and the students volunteers. I have only had positive experiences working shoulder to shoulder and in partnership with all involved across the years. Bill Pentler

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their experience and enthusiasm on all aspects of the projects I've been involved with.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

The Nicodemus Wilderness Project (NWP) teamed up with the City of Albuquerque Open Space Division to adopt the Piedra Lisa Open Space in 2000. At this time the Piedra Lisa Canyon was still suffering from the abuse it had seen prior to it becoming a part of the City of Albuquerque's Open Space program. Since adopting this canyon within the Sandia Foothills, with its rare riparian area, the NWP has helped organize 3 conservation projects each year to help elimate evasive plant species, replant native trees and shrubs, remove graffiti, reduce erosion, construct and maintain trails, and cleanup trash and recyclables. Throughout the last 10 years the NWP has recruited over a thousand volunteers to participate in these conservation projects, with a special focus on involving youth groups. The efforts of the NWP, locally here in ALbuquerque and internationally, have made a difference in the lives of many young people and has had a positve effect on our natural environment.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the positive attitudes of everyone involved.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach many more youngsters around the world through the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative and get them involved and caring about our natural environment.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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7 people found this review helpful

I have worked with the Nicodemus Wilderness Project (NWP) on their annual Spring Sandia Foothills Conservation project and Make a Difference Day Cleanup for three years. These two events on average bring out 100 volunteers to do trash cleanup, graffiti removal, and trail maintenance in one of the most important natural areas of the City of Albuquerque. In addition to these annual events, their Apprentice Ecologist Initiative, which allows kids from all over the world to get first hand experience with conservation projects and a chance to win a scholarship to continue their work. Their level of dedication and professionalism is outstanding and I highly recommend them as an organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Very successful volunteer projects that they organize twice a year to clean up our local environment.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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7 people found this review helpful

As a close partner working with the Nicodemus Wilderness Project, my experience overall was wonderful. The large amount of work we completed in half a day will continue to keep the area beautiful and enjoyable for all public users as well as the important aspect of cleaning, maintaining, and enhancing the natural environment. My experience working with NWP was rewarding on many accounts. I look forward to working with them again this year. Thank you Nicodemus for protecting the natural environment through community volunteer organizing!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Working with great, caring, and environmentally responsible staff. Their enthusiasm and hard work make this nonprofit topnotch.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

we are having 300 self help groups , in rural areas of thoothhukudi district we are having volunteers more than 15 years , in stopping ofglobalworming ingrossroot level, invillage level

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

we will make a better development to stop globalworming at croosoot level planting more perenialplats ,trees, toget agreen and clean enronment , balance eco system , to get asustainability in income generation livily hood in rural development

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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