The Nature Generation

Rating: 4.95 stars   78 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Environment

Location: 3434 Washington Blvd. 2nd Floor Arlington VA 22101 USA

Mission: The Nature Generation, formerly the Newton Marasco Foundation, is a environmental public charity that inspires and empowers youth to make a difference. We reach our nation’s youth through innovative environmental stewardship programs in literature, science and the arts.
Programs: Read Green Teach Green
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 20-1670424
703-284-6059
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Rating: 5 stars  

I believe the Green Earth Book Award has great potential to impact youngsters by introducing them to fine literature that deals with the world around them and by introducing models of ways to be responsible stewards of that world.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have worked closely with the Newton Marasco Foundation for several years and I can say unequivically that with their help and expertise our environmental science curriculum hs become outstanding. NMF has not only found local funding to support our programs but has supplied experts from the field to both speak to our classes and help in the field .
With NMF help we have begun working more closely with the schools in our highschool cluster, which has been a great benefit to the schools but more importantly to the the children in those schools.
With NMF help we have been able to build a one mile long nature trail within the town limits, plant riparian buffers to protect our water qualiity and stream corridors, take a Chesapeake Bay watershed experience along the Shenandoah river. guest speakers have help educate our students on topics from energy to pollution control.

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

They do great work and are a very professional and dedicated group of individuals

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ask them to expand their network and bring their message and expertise to other school districts.

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1 person found this review helpful

I have volunteered for NMF multiple times by helping with research and preparing handouts for presentations. I have found the work to be rewarding and fun. NMF offers a variety of opportunities to volunteer and all are equally rewarding.

Here are a few examples of how I have volunteered with NMF:

I volunteered a couple of hours to look for quotes and facts about sustainability. The facts and quotes were used in a presentation given by NMF at the Master Gardener’s Symposium on Sustainability. NMF was the key note speaker at the symposium.

I volunteered a couple of hours to look for facts supporting the need to get children outside in unstructured play. These were also used in the presentation given by NMF at the Master Gardener’s Symposium on Sustainability.

I volunteered after work to make flashcards with facts about composting. The flash cards were used at a booth at the NMF at the Master Gardener’s Symposium on Sustainability. NMF used the flashcards to engage children in sustainability activities and to encourage parents to teach their children how to be sustainable.

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

I have seen how the kids get excited to learn about sustainability and realize for the first time at a NMF event that they enjoy being outdoors and participating in sustainability events.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Suggest holding more events where they can inform potential and current volunteers about the projects they are working and how they benefit the community. I believe NMF does a lot of good for the community but this is not always communicated with the volunteers.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have been involved with the Newton Marasco Foundation for about three years, and I continue to enjoy my experiences. The annual Eco Golf Classic is the main event at which I volunteer and it is a wonderful fund raiser. The enthusiasm from golfers, volunteers, and event organizers is contagious and a fun day is had by all. In recent years I have been helping to organize the silent auction portion of the event, and it is great to see how many donations come in. The Newton Marasco Foundation continues to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards through its programs and initiatives.

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

seeing youth of Northern Virginia learn techniques to be more environmentally friendly.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand its scope of work beyond Northern Virginia, especially Loudoun County.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been very impressed with the Newton Marasco Foundation and the way they have stepped in to ensure that our children receive an education about the choices we make that affect the world they will inherit.
As a result of their partnership with our elementary school, our children have benefitted from a butterfly garden and wildlife refueling station, both of which have involved a lot of student research and input. Both can be used as outdoor classrooms. This spring the older students will be leading younger students and parents through the gardens teaching them about the plants and the various pollinators and/or animals they help. The plants and structures (including a fountain) in the garden would not have been possible without the donations that Newton Marasco facilitated.
The children have also been learning about various conservation efforts, such as composting, recycling, waste-free lunches, and how not to be an energy hog. School families have built bluebird boxes and attended nature hikes focusing on birds, vernal pools, and trees. These activities were led by professionals brought to us by Newton Marasco's network of organizations and individuals.
The foundation has established a green earth book award, and has donated books promoting the environment to our library.
All of these efforts (and more) have involved a great deal of input and guidance from Newton Marasco staff. They have worked hard to establish a program at our school that is focused on our community's needs, is student centered, and will be self-sustaining into the future.

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

The heightened awareness of myself, my children, and their school friends regarding environmental issues.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Grow it, so that all the schools in our area could benefit.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am an elementary guidance couselor and the Newton Marasco Foundation has helped my school go green. They have been a great support in helping us build a pollinator garden and refueling station. They have donated time and money to help us jump start the project and keep it up in running. The student have learned so much about the enviroment from this project.

The two gardens are being used for outdoor classrooms. The 5th grade class have created lessons for the gardens that can used for all grade levels. This experience has taught them lessons that can be carried outside the school and into the community.

We could not have done this without the help of NMF! Thank you!

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

NMF has helped in making my lessons successful. They have helped with the creating of the gardens and purchasing of plants. Bringing in speakers and providing materials (books, and supplies) to the school in order to teach the children about the enviroment.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can not think of any changes I would make to this organization. They have been an amazing help!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

None!

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes! I enjoyed seeing the children learn about the enviroment! Also, it made me more aware of the impact I can make!

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Great!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Serving on the NMF Advisory Board and as a volunteer I have experienced the dedication of the Foundation's staff and its commitment to helping future generations (elementary school through high school) learn to appreciate the natural environment through first-hand expereince (e.g, high schoolers develop and lead the enGAUGE It Campaign, all students interact with the Chapman-DeMary nature trail)

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

Helping to support the enGAUGE It campaign which demonstrates that simple actions like checking tire pressure can increase driver safety/help save lives and offer environmental benefits at the same time. It was especially insipring to see the level ownership and committment that the high school students took in running the campaign.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find it ways to get more national recognition - especially for the Green Earth Literature Program

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Rating: 4 stars  

I am involved with Newton Marasco Foundation every spring as they plan for the annual Greater Washington Eco-Golf Classic. This is a wonderful event that not only raises funds for NMF's unique programs but provides a social opportunity for members of the environmental community.

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

the variety of programs that the offer in my community. As a resident of Loudoun County, VA, I feel that NMF is directly impacting my local environment through education programs at the school in my community.

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

The people, both staff and volunteers, are fantastic!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I've always loved working with NMF! I've volunteered with them for two years now. As a high school student I helped them run enGAUGE It 2009 and 2010, a program that passes out free tire gauges to residents of the town where you live and people who shop within that town. I've always found what they do to be a great thing, and hope to continue working with them and helping the environment every chance I get! They do a great job with every program they run!

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

friendly, charismatic, fun, loving. They were wonderful to work with and obviously love the environment just as much as I do, if not more so!

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

expand each and every program even more! They do things such as enGAUGE It, Green Earth Book awards, cleaning up around different areas, nature walks, etc.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

It is a pleasure to work on community events with an organization so committed to their mission. The enthusiasm and creativity they bring to any event is inspiring.

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

seeing the effect they have on the children who meet authors, and and on the educators who work with the children.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

somehow figure out how to make the Green Earth Book award get national recognition.

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

that I have met some of the most interesting authors, some of the most creative volunteers, and absolutely the most genuinely nice people.

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

professional, prepared, and excited about the work they do.

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

make a difference to every student in America. Their aim is to put a book in every students hand.

Ways to make it better...

there were more people to share the community day.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money, money and more money.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I wish I had the $ 10 million to give them!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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