Nicodemus Wilderness Project

Rating: 4.77 stars   26 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Children & Youth, Environment


P.O. Box 40712 Albuquerque NM 87196 USA


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.


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


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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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

The Nicodemus Wilderness Project (NWP) provides unique opportunities for young people to conduct their own self-directed environmental stewardship projects. As a current board member and volunteer, it is greatly rewarding to be an active part of the ongoing development of NWP's Apprentice Ecologist Initiative. This service-learning and experiential education program reaches out to youth from around the world who, in turn, have completed truly inspiring projects to help save our environment. The winning partnership between NWP and youth volunteers is making a real difference in communities around the world, one project at a time.

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

working personally with youth volunteers on their Apprentice Ecologist environmental stewardship projects.

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

seeing the transformation of a youth volunteer into a community leader by taking the initiative to conduct their own Apprentice Ecologist environmental project.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic and passionate about their work and commitment to both youth and our environment.

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

transform the lives of tens of thousands of young people, their communities, and our environment around the world.

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About every week

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