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 have worked with the Nature Generation for several years and watched it grow from just an idea to a innovative and very active organization that has touched many young lives. Staff, board members, and volunteers are all very passionate about helping kids learn about nature and conservation. I have seen first hand how children, teens, and parents respond to the many Nature Generation initiatives. They are learning and seeing the environment in a very different way from previous generations. They will make such a difference in our world in the years to come. I am proud to be associated with Nature Generation.

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

Get even more volunteers!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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The Nature Generation (formally the Newton Marasco Foundation) has invested in our next generation. Through Teach Green Programs and Read Green--NatGen connects with our nations youth . NatGen has reached out to thousands of kids in 2013.
What I love best is when a child meets one of our Award winning Green Earth authors and is inspired herself to read and write about nature ! Or when a city kid comes out on our nature trail and is touched by the magic and pure innocent beauty of a protected habitat . Or when a teacher thanks us for our electronic games that support her curriculum on energy and environment in a fun and imaginative way.
Or when a NatGen volunteer asks if they can offer us more time as one recently said 'my best day is a day working with kids and NatGens programs'.

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

Encourage more people to connect with NatGen programs

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am proud to serve on the board of The Nature Generation ( formally Newton Marasco Foundation). This nonprofit reaches youth across our nation, and has tailored environmental education programs for youth in the Greater Washington Region. From our nationally recognized Green Earth Book Award ( first in the nation to reward authors who write environmental stewardship books for children and young adults)`---- to our engaging environmental classroom games---- to our hands on habitat work---we are investing in the next generation of environmental stewards. Please join me in recognizing NatGen as one of the "Great 2012 Nonprofits".

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

NatGen rocks! Real people making a real difference - inspiring young enviro stewards - especially where there is an environmental literacy gap. I have participated in many events but my favorite always is donating really wonderful books to students who do read them, care about the message and make a difference in their home and school communities from energy saving to nature appreciation. NatGen has a smart approach to ensuring a legacy of environmental stewardship. Honest, thoughtful, focused on their programs - NatGen is a good investment.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am so proud to be an advisory board member of this organization. Nothing better than being a steward of the environment for the next generations. Volunteer, donate, and participate in any way that works best for your needs.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

A lot

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

As an Advisory Board Member for over a decade, I appreciate the opportunity to be an environmental steward for the next generations. The Green Earth Book Award is an outstanding program for authors and illustrators to have a life changing influence for children and young adults.
Being a working board member has given me the chance to volunteer for this nonprofit.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

A lot

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Hoping current and former board members and volunteers will continue to "spread the word" to family, friends, neighbors & co-workers about this charitable foundation. Let's all be good stewards of the environment and teach our children and grandchildren to learn ways they may help with the tools that NMF has to offer. Support the Foundation by donating and volunteering, please do it today.

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

watching the faces of the children as they meet the authors and illustrators of award winning Green Earth Book Awards. They are inspired

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

dedication of board members and volunteers

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

current on information about programs and opportunities

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

This year, I worked with The Nature Generation to organize a corporate book buy in coordination with my company, The Cadmus Group. The Nature Generation has an annual Green Earth Book Award program to recognize authors of books for children and young adults that encourage environmental stewardship. And Cadmus has a relationship with The Morrison Center, a nonprofit in Portland, OR that assists children and families. The Nature Generation helped select 3 award-winning books and message the fundraising goals to my colleagues. The effort was very successful we raised enough money to purchase 530 books.

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

Increase it's ability to reach more youth across the country with its excellent program offerings.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Some

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Definitely

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2013

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My most recent experience with NatGen has been helping to inroduce their E3 Games into the Arlington County Schools. At the end of last year I was able to set up a demonstration at my children's elementary school, Glebe Elementary in Arlington County. In the course of an hour the kids and teachers got to be introduced to the games and participate with them in a mock competition environment. The kids had a blast and the teachers really loved the games. The games are also based on the Virginia SOLs, so they provide an appropriate educational resource for parents, teachers and children.

Since then, we have met with the Arlington County Science Advisor and presented to the science leads from all 22 Arlington Elementary Schools. This FREE resources is a great example of how NatGen can provide both educational, inspirational and fun important resources to the community.

NatGen is doing great work.

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

Find a way to generate more financial resources.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Nature Generation is a great new name for the former Newton Marasco Foundation. It really speaks to the core mission of "NatGen" to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards. NatGen is doing just that. NatGen has sponsored its Green Earth Book Award for 8+ years now and also provides great hands on experiences for youth to really unsderstand and participate in environmental stewardship. They have even created electronic games to both teach youth about the environment and assist teachers by providing a fun and engaging forum to teach and learn. THese are available for free on their website. I have been a donor for many years and now am on their advisory board. It is a great and worthwhile organization that deserves the attention and recognition from the giving community.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

A lot

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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The Nature Generation reaches thousands of kids and inspires them to care about the planet and to take action in their communities . Check out their website for free green games or take their green reading challenge and you might win a Kindle!

NatGen does great work and is fun to partner with as well!
In just nine years this nonprofit has really made a difference in the lives of children.
I am proud to be a Board member.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with The Nature Generation (formerly the Newton Marasco Foundation) first as a part-time emplioyee, then as a volunteer, and not as an Advisory Board Member. When I was in high school, I was inspired to want to major in Environmental Science in college because of the class that I took. It was interative- focusing on current environmental issues and getting student OUT of the classroom and into the natural environment. This class made me realize that you cannot make people care about the environment by lecturing to them. You must get them into the environment and let them make the conenction themselves. Education needs to be real and it needs to be relevant. This is one of The Nature Generation's principles- to get students excited about the environment by getting them involved and out in the environment.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

A lot

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I have worked with Newton Marasco Foundation (NMF) for several years now- first as an employee, then as a volunteer and now as a board member. NMF actively promotes an appreciation of the arts and the environment through several of their programs. One in particular that I have been intimately involved with is the poster contests at Loudoun Valley High School. Each year, NMF works with the graphics arts students (and other students who want to participate) on a contest. The students are asked to prepare a poster that will represent a specific NMF event or program. What is unique about this ocntest is that NMF provides the students an experience that very much mirrors client interaction in the "real world". Students are given a set of guidelines and also some freedom to design what they think is best. The posters are reviewed once by a small panel and feedback/changes are provided back to the students. The students then have the opportunity to adjust their work based on the feedback provided. The final posters are then judged by a larger panel and the winning poster becomes of the face of the NMF program/event. I commend NMF for not only promoting a sense of appreciation for the arts and the environment in high school students but for also understanding how important it is that students learn to work in a client environment.

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

a variety of their programs and fundraisers.

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

watching as the appreciation for the environment grows for high school students.

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

professional, fun and hard-working.

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

do so much. It could expand the Field It program to numerous schools and also expand the Green Earth Book Award program to be a national event rather than a local event.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Nature Generation has a fantastic history of reaching out to youth and inspiring them to make a difference. The leadership and volunteers are all outstanding. I recommend involvement for anyone who wants to make a meaningful difference.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

A lot

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Nature Generation, formerly Newton Marasco Foundation has been my 'nonprofit soul' for many years. As the first executive director, I saw it grow into a formidable charitible organization doing absolutely wonderful work. The programs are solid and the volunteer base is wonderful. Great people, doing inspiring things for our nations youth and overall environmental awareness. Looking forward to working with NatGen for years to come.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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