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  

5 people found this review helpful

I was invited as President of the Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents (LEAP) to participate in two review panels: the Rachel Carson poster and the Loudoun Valley High School scholarship. Serving on both panels was both rewarding and educational from the standpoint of seeing first hand how much the students learned about environmental stewardship with the assistance of the Newton Marasco Foundation. I also had the opportunity to see the initiation of the NMF elementary school "Going Green" program at Hillsboro Elementary School. Through this program the students developed a Going Green logo, created a butterfly garden habitat, quantified the amount of waste produced during school lunch, and provided all students the chance to come up with creative ways for their school and families to be come more "green."

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

promoting environmental stewardship at both the elementary and high school levels.

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

learning about the value of "going green" right along with the students.

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

so enthusiastic!

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

ensure that more people fully understood how what they do today in terms of taking care of the environment really WILL impact tomorrow.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

As a volunteer, I managed two annual Maryland high school environmental photo contests as well as helped with early fund-raising events when the foundation was launched. All of my work with Newton Marasco Foundation has been rewarding for me and appreciated by the foundation. For example, the photo contests allowed the foundation to build its relationship with the state of Maryland's Department of the Environment as well as opened some young minds to the beauty and fragility of nature. I strongly believe in the Newton Marasco Foundation's mission, dedication to its cause, and passion to make a difference - even in these hard economic times. I am a life-long volunteer for this group because I believe not only in the founder and her staff but in the person who inspired the creation of this foundation. Newton Marascco Foundation is genuine in its concern for the environment and in passing the understanding of sustainability to future generations. It has developed creative ideas for spreading it messages and reaching new audiences. My only constructive feedback is tap me more often for other work!

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

Reach out to volunteers, such as myself, more. There is untapped talent and ideas in the volunteer pool. While I'll be here when needed, others may not stick around. Don't let volunteers fall fall through the cracks.

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

Working with and talking to the young high schools students who took such beautiful photos of nature. I truly hope that some of them go or have gone into some environment-related college program or at least continued to appreciate and take care of nature.

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

Dedicated to the cause and founder; passionate about the environment; creative; fun to work with; intelligent.

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

Teach thousands of young people how to treat the environment with respect and truly understand what helps and what harms the environment. Inspire them to become future environmental champions and try to reverse the damage done by past generations.

Ways to make it better...

I had received more follow-up and been asked to help more after discussing future opportunities and volunteering to participate in activities.

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

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

This is still a fairly young organization that is learning and growing but has a lot of heart and soul and it will continue to work really hard to be successful and make a difference.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Working to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards -- what can be more worthy than that? And what could be more exciting than the upcoming fifth annual Green Earth Book Award being held at Salisbury University in April? I'm delighted to be involved in it again this year -- and we have a wonderful selection of talented authors who write fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults -- it's the ONLY environmental book award in this country!

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

The talent and expertise of the staff and volunteers of this organization in the environmental field.

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

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

are the wonderful successes we have had from launching the Rachel Carson centennial to working with local area high schools, to dedicating the Chapman DeMary nature trail in Loundon County last spring to the launching of our latest initiative EnGauge It!

Ways to make it better...

More people knew about the organization and supported it financially...

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I have greatly enjoyed working with the Newton Marasco Foundation. Their ideas to protect the environment are innovative and purposeful. They walk their talk by providing a variety of opportunities for our younger citizens to gain more knowledge and/or get involved through projects that focus on the environment. I am specifically involved in the children's literature project, "The Green Earth Book Award" as a reviewer on two selection committees. The award categories have advanced from 1 in 2005 to 4 awards in 2011. This is a great way to get children, their teachers and families aware of the issues involving our planet.

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

the success of the Green Earth Book Award. Hopefully the award will generate new books and authors/illustrators who promote environmental stewardship for children. The books give our future generation ideas and power to improve/protect our environment.

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

find a way to get more national recognition for the Green Earth Book Awards. During Earth Week, this award should be featured on all of the national networks (The Today Show, Good Morning America, Ellen, Morning Joe, etc.) as the first and only children's book award that not only rewards children's literature about the environment but also emphasizes stewardship, empowering children in ways they can help the earth.

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

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

Yes. It has enhanced my passion for finding ways to do my part in protecting my planet.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Each of us needs to do a little bit to help the environment. Working with NMF has made me more knowledgeable and wiser in ways to do my part. It also has empowered me to share what I learn with my college students at Salisbury University and also with the schools with whom I work.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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5 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with the Newton Marasco Foundation (NMF) for several years, and have tremendously enjoyed my role formerly as a corporate patron and now as a volunteer. For the past three years, I also have had the distinct honor and pleasure of serving as a review panelist for the Foundation’s illustrious Green Earth Book Award (Picture Book Category). This annual contest was established “to promote books that inspire children to grow a deeper appreciation, respect, and responsibility for their natural environment.” Each year authors and their illustrators are awarded in four categories: Picture Book, Children’s Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, and Nonfiction. I can say without a doubt that this annual contest, coupled with the Foundation’s partnership with the annual Salisbury University Children and Young Adult Literature Festival, has equally inspired me and my fellow panelists to make a stronger and lasting commitment to being responsible environmental stewards. Reading and judging each year’s books about our environment and natural world, and then participating in the Foundation and University’s spring festival and meeting and hearing from the diversity of authors is an event unmatched in the environmental nonprofit community. I commend the Foundation for its ground-breaking work promoting and inspiring literature read by our children and young adults.

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

Meeting and collaborating with people from all walks of life that hold a similar passion and commitment to environmental protection and stewardship!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

 
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