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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

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After meeting project directors Rob and Yih-Ming, I have continued to donate to this project and to share it with others through the classes I teach. Each year I receive incredible progress reports of the amount of inner city students the Project is now bringing in to the Sandia Mts to clean up and to learn about nature. I am a professor in Maryland and someday hope to hike those same trails with my granddaughters, dragging out own bags of collected debris. WHAT A MARVELOUS CONCEPT...THE NEXT GENERATION AND CITY KIDS EMBRACING WILDLIFE AND RIVERS.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a great time becuase everything is very well organized and everyone who is there really wants to help. With everyone's help we all have a great time and we accomplish a lot which makes you feel very good about yourself. At the end of your day you know you made a difference and NWP (Nicodemus Wilderness Project) organizes and brings everything together to make it a positive experience.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Nicodemus Wilderness Project is true to it's words and has continued it's mission to improve the land that we live on. It has done so in a grassroots effort that has spread internationally emphasizing education of today's youth to preserve the landscape around us.

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Volunteer

Rating: 3

I have a five year experience in teaching PHYSICS.I also worked with insurance sector for six months and also in Indian BPO's in my vacations.

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rfnmwp 06/01/2010

This person has not been a volunteer of NWP. This review was received after sending out our April 2010 environmental eNewsletter (available to anyone who had signed up online).  We responded to this person via email (as did GreatNonprofits) about their erroneous review but we never received a reply or correction to their review.  Despite this confusion, we do wish them all the best and welcome their participation in our Apprentice Ecologist Initiative in the future.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 3

November 2009 –January 2010: Final project of Bachelor’s Degree : Census of Golden monkeys(Cercopithecus mitis kandti) & Mountain monkeys(Cercopithecus) of GISHWATI FOREST RESERVE Activity budget (behavioral activities) of Golden monkeys in GISHWATI FOREST RESERVE June 2009: Animal and vegetal species inventory at Nyamunini island located in KIVU lake. 5. March 2008. Field trip in Volcanoes National Park, Studying Gorilla ecology behaviors

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rfnmwp 06/01/2010

This person has not been a volunteer of NWP. This review was received after sending out our April 2010 environmental eNewsletter (available to anyone who had signed up online).  While this sounds interesting, we do not have any projects to census populations of Golden or Mountain monkeys.  We responded to this person via email (as did GreatNonprofits) about their erroneous review but we never received a reply or correction to their review. Despite this confusion, we do wish them all the best and welcome their participation in our Apprentice Ecologist Initiative in the future.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.