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Nicodemus Wilderness Project

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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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

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.

John H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I ordered organic cotton socks, because I have an allergic reaction to regular socks. I ordered size 9-11 for my size 10 feet. Apparently, however, that size for socks translates to size 4-7 for men's shoes. I posted an angry note on the Website, and then wrote them off. However, I got a personal response from someone who had obviously read my post with real concern. They offered to take back the socks and send me the correct size. Which they did, even though I had already washed the socks (didn't realize they were too small until I tried them on after washing). They have followed up several times since. What was a bad experience has turned into a very good one. Could not ask for a better response.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe Nicodemus' initiative is admirable, and then encourage volunteer efforts that effect all aspect of environmental protection, not just the traditional outreach efforts.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

my experience is always great. i feel like a new person every time i leave piedra lisa open space. Nicodemus does a wonderful job at making sure all of its volunteers are up to date, fed and hydrated, and have the proper supervision during the work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I live on the East Coast but have heard great things about the Nicodemus Wilderness Project both by word of mouth and in the media. This is a wonderful group providing much needed volunteer services for environmental clean up and involvement not only locally, but nationally and internationally. Impressive!

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Former staff

Rating: 5

The Nicodemus Wilderness Project is an amazing organization many ways. When it comes to environmental issues, they achieve a spectacular goal of educating the coming generations by promoting contests among young students from highschool and college to take an initiative to positively impact Earth's environments. This is not only a efficient way to stimulate younger generations be proactive and care about our world, but also an inspiring experience to others. I had my first contact with NWP when submitted my essay about my experience with recycling project in Pantanal's community, in Brazil. Through their website I could inspire and be inspired by other students' projects, and this year I helped choosing this year's winner of the award.