The Apprentice Ecologist Initiative (officially recognized by the U.S. EPA) has engaged tens of thousands of young volunteers (kids, teens, and college-age youth) from around the world in environmental cleanup and conservation projects since 1999. This program has received multiple awards from the City of Albuquerque, a "Best Community Impact" award from Eastern Kentucky University, and is featured on thousands of web sites.

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 people to rebuild the environmental and social well-being of our communities and improve local living conditions for both citizens and wildlife through education, activism, and action.

Grade Level/Age
High School Senior
Nicodemus Wilderness Project
Award information


Eligibility Requirements
  1. Conduct your own environmental stewardship project in 2024 .
  2. Take a few digital photos of your project in action.
  3. Write an essay about your project and what it meant to you.
  4. Register and upload your favorite project photo along with your essay.

 Scholarships are available to students between the ages of 13 and 21. The award covers tuition and fees to enroll in or attend an accredited post-secondary (undergraduate at college or university) educational institution. Applicants should embody the spirit of the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™ by demonstrating initiative, leadership, and environmental stewardship in their project.