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  

As a 2014 recipient of the Green Earth Book Award, I am honored and excited to know the extraordinary people in The Nature Generation. Their passion about preserving and conserving our environment is contagious. One of the many ways they further this cause is to connect children with books that will inspire them to appreciate our natural world. These "seeds" will bear fruit for many years to come.

Thank you, NatGen, for honoring my book, The Eye of the Whale, with the Green Earth Book Award.

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My love of books and my love of nature have been entwined throughout my life. But as a mother of two suburban teens, I know well that while kids still read, they have fewer and fewer opportunities to experience nature freely and allow it to provoke the questions, ideas, and affection for the natural world that will ultimately spur a passion for conservation. The Nature Generation's mission to provide kids with books that will provide a foundation for lifelong stewardship is extremely well-conceived..and well-executed. The 2014 Green Earth Book Award raised the profile of my book considerably. And when I went to DC to accept the award, the Nature Generation arranged for me and the other award-winners to share our passion for the environment with school children throughout the greater DC area. The Nature Generation has a unique and worthy mission, and I'm pleased to have the chance to say how much I appreciate what they do.

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Kudos to The Nature Generation for 10 years of inspiring others to become environmental stewards through signature youth and education programs! Thousands of students and their families have embraced environmental responsibility through books recognized by NatGen with its prestigious Green Earth Book Award (GEBA), and through its innovative outdoor classrooms and nature trail. As an educator for more than three decades, I am aware of no other organization like NatGen and believe its efforts will positively change our planet one child at a time. In addition, I am deeply humbled and honored to be a recipient of NatGen’s 2014 GEBA for “Inside a Bald Eagle’s Nest”, a book I co-authored with Craig Koppie, which was released by Schiffer Publishing in 2013. Through the GEBA, NatGen provided a platform for me to share our book and the current plight of the American bald eagle. I believe NatGen’s GEBA seal encourages families to purchase nonfiction literature for their home libraries and publishers to take a risk in printing these important stories. Thanks to The Nature Generation!

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2015

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I don't know of another organization that has so passionately worked to connect young people with the environment--and especially environmental literature. If it weren't for NatGen, many critically important books and authors would be totally overlooked. They help bring attention to important issues through books--and then take the extra step of connecting these issues, and books, with those who will make a difference.

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As a winner of the Green Earth Book Award, I can tell you personally that their efforts to acknowledge and support science and environmental writers provide a much-needed boost to us psychologically and professionally. Science writers do not tackle educational books for young people with any hopes of getting rich. In fact, it's probably the least appreciated field of children's writing. Nonetheless, good science books need to be written and published if humanity is to have any hope of tackling the severe problems we all face. The Green Earth Book Award is just one of many things the foundation does to boost awareness of children's science and environmental books and encourage writers and artists to keep producing top-notch material. The year I won the award, the foundation also arranged for me to speak to school students in Arlington, Virginia. That one talk has led to more than two dozen other school visits in the area, ensuring that thousands of other kids learn exciting and valuable aspects of science. On a personal level, I have to add how sincere and genuine the foundation staff is. Their passion has made me a real believer in this group, enthusiastic about their continued success.

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

seeing the response of children to the talks that NMF has organized.

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

N/A

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

the passion and sincerity of its members.

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

smart, kind, and effective.

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

expand its reach to more children outside of the immediate area.

Ways to make it better...

N/A

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

as always, funding.

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

NMF is very well-organized, with people who KNOW they can make a difference. They network extremely well to achieve their goals.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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I am so grateful to NatGen for their Green Earth Book Award program. As a two-time winner of the award, I have seen the power of the organization's book donations in schools I've visited. And I know the award has influences my publishers to accept more books that advocate environmental stewardship.

Melissa Stewart

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I got to know the Nature Generation last year, when I was one of the authors invited to Salisbury for the Green Earth Book Award. Such a passionate, committed group. Their unswerving focus on green education, and getting their message to students from all walks of life, made me a big fan. A very worthy charity.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Newton Marasco Foundation was instrumental in helping the Town of Purcellville kick off a series of nature interpretive hikes within the town. They helped to market the hikes even going as far as running an advertisement in the local paper. They then registered members of the public who were interested so we could prepare for the numbers coming to the events. This effort plus others they are involved with have helped make Newton Marasco one of the premier environmental groups in the region.

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

Working on environmental projects with them.

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

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

Their enthusiasm and their understanding of the impact they can have with small projects at the local level.

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

Friendly and helpful.

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

Educate thousands of students about the environment and water quality.

Ways to make it better...

I had stayed better in touch with representatives of the foundation. My role with Purcellville is as a volunteer and I didn't always return email and quickly as I should have.

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?

2010-4-01

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NMF is a get-it-done oganization. They were instrumental in getting a new nature trail opened in the town's major forested stream valley involving the Town, the local high school environmental exploration teachers and students, and the property owner. They have become very active in all of our local schools, most recently a native plant garden planting program at the local elementary schools. I have found the staff to be committed, hard-working and passionate about their environmental education mission and a pleasure to work with.

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

enthusiastic, hard-working and effective

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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I spoke at Salisbury University and two schools when My book, Frog Heaven: Ecology of a Vernal pool was given a Green Earth Book Award honor by the Newton Marasco Foundation. The foundation did an excellent job in organizing these events and creating a great educational experience for kids in the area by meeting so many visiting authors. In promoting quality environmental literature for children, the foundation is helping them to get more exposure to an important subject that may not be adequately addressed in school. From a personal perspective the award was a great inspiration to me to continue to write books with environmental themes.

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

Meeting the dedicated staff, fellow authors and kids who have read my books. These sorts of things are a real boost to motivate me to continue to write books that will make a difference to the kids who read them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-4-01

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I have written books that won the Green Earth Book Award in 2007 and a Green Earth Book Award Honor in 2009. In addition to meeting with several school groups and participating in the Salisbury University Children's Literature Festival, I have participated in two panels of GEBA winners at major reading conferences. All these activities, expertly organized by the Newton Marasco Foundation, have brought exposure to my books as well as to NMF's important work. Children are spending less and less time in the natural world today. How can we expect them to preserve and protect it as adults if they don't grow to love it and respect it as children? Thank goodness there are organizations like the Newton Marasco Foundation who are finding fun, creative ways to show children (and adults) the importance of environmental stewardship.

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

promoting literacy and environmental stewardship through work related to the Green Earth Book Award

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

their dedication and professionalism. they are very open minded to new ideas and always looking for innovative ways to fulfill their mission. Their program also gave me the rare opportunity to meet other authors with the same interests as mine.

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

professional, hard working, deeply committed to the organization's work

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

offer more programs to individual schools and communities across the country and around the world

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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