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: 4 stars  

I am very grateful to the Nature Generation for their efforts to establish the Green Earth Book Award program. As a winner of the award, I have seen first-hand, the positive effect on influencing publishers to accept more books that advocate environmental stewardship! Keep up the hard work! It is paying off! KUDOS!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a 6th grade student who went to the water testing event on the Chapman DeMary Trail. I learned a lot about how we can tell if the creek water is clean and why it is important for everyone to help.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked with the NMF now Nature Generation for at least 14 years. When they are involved with a project, it is top notch; they know how to organize, publicize, and run an event. Great people, great organization. They have helped hundreds of students have meaningful field experiences.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Newton Marasco Foundation has been a strong supporter of Hillsboro Elementary School for the past three years. The foundation has donated books for the school library. The foundation has worked with other organizations to donate plants, a water feature, and other items for our school gardens. They have organized school events such as building bluebird boxes.

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

The organization has worked closely with students, staff, and the community to help our school.

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

No changes recommended.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

NMF's consusltants guided us through the process of creating a wildflower meadow. The goal was for students to be decision makers and for them to be empowered to create an outdoor classroom and wildlife habitat which would benefit them academically. NMF staff was essential in providing information and advice about everything from the logistics through the implementation of the meadow. I was very impressed with the support and expertise of the staff. And the meadow is thriving!

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

the excitement that the students exhibit when learning about habitats and animals.

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

My contact person at NMF who was extremely conscientious and assisted our students through every step of the process, at Emerick Elementary.

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

Easy to work with and incredibly helpful.

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

start a marketing campaign to educate the average joe about the need for environmental protection and education.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

NMF has been an integral part of our school for over 6 years. NMF staff has brought people, equipment, ideas, and programs to our school. These programs have given students in our environmental studies classes and our graphic design classes many opportunities to develop environmental friendly programs in the school as well as in the community. Our students have one awards and recognition for the work they have done in relation to NMF and the opportunities the foundation has brought to students in our school. For example, NMF sponsored a poster competition among our students for The Rachel Carson Centennial and our 3 students' posters were featured on capitol hill. The EnGaugeIt program mentioned in one of the other reviews is an ongoing project that will be sustained by future students in our school and in our community. NMF has sponsored the development of a nature trail that serves as one of our outdoor classrooms for our environmental studies programs. NMF was instrumental in helping to forge the relationships that lead to the land through which the trail winds being donated for the purpose of the nature trail. NMF has become an integral part of our school and community, always puts the environment and students first, and has been integral in developing the vision of environmental stewardship in our community.

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

ways that are sustaining in our young people and in our community.

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

consult the organizaiton first - they know what they are doing.

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

its staff's dedication to students, learning, and environmental stewardship.

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

some of the most gracious and professional people I have met.

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

expand in breadth and depth all that it does now!

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to work directly with the foundation.

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

continuing to build toward the stewardship vision with limited funding.

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

in my professional career, NMF staff have been among the absolute best people to work with.

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  

2 people found this review helpful

For the past several years Loudoun Valley High School graphic design students have participated in promotional poster design competitions for various Newton Marasco Foundation events. Students have also helped develop a project logo. Currently, LVHS students are preparing entries for the “Through Our Eyes” Photo Contest. This partnership has provided students invaluable “real world” experiences with client relationships and the design process, as well as expanded understanding of environmental issues. Students are presented with poster objectives, client preferences and event background during an initial meeting with members of the NMF staff. After further research and brain storming, students present their designs for review and feedback. The final adjusted designs are submitted for judging. The rewards for this project go far beyond the winners monetary award and recognition. Each student develops valuable communication skills, self-confidence and appreciation the designers place in the business world. Through the research required to produce their designs, students explore environmental issues and consider how they can help promote awareness leading to positive change.

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

the enthusiasm I have witnessed in my students for the art and science involved in the NMF projects.

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

encourage even more student participation within the Loudoun Valley Cluster and...the World!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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