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 been a member of the Advisory Board and now the Executive Board for many years and also Chair its committees on grant writing and the Chapman DeMarry Nature Trail. This is an outstanding organization. It reaches kids of all ages and teaches them the value of the environment through a wide range of fun and interesting activities. At the heart of the organization is a commitment to educating the next generation of youth on the many aspects of the natural world around them. Whether it is maintaining an outdoor classroom, learning about water quality through hands-on sampling of the nearby stream, or engaging them through interactive games in a classroom setting, the Nature Generation draws on the expertise of its hundreds of volunteers to make a difference in this critical area. I also get what i call my greatest day of the year -- spending time in a high school classroom teaching and interacting with really smart kids on the issues surrounding energy and climate change issues. It is so rewarding!

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

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Each year The Newton Marasco Foundation invites the Green Earth Book Award winning authors and illustrators to the campus of Salisbury University in Maryland to share their books and stories with students, especially the pre-service teaching candidates. Additionally, the authors go out into the larger educational community and visit with children in pre, elementary and secondary education settings. The importance of their environmental stewardship message cannot be overstated. Today's youth needs to be involved with awareness AND action. These books encourage and inspire kids to do just that. And meeting the authors and the illustrators motivates the kids because they build a personal relationship with an adult who cares about the earth to write, draw and photograph its beauty and fragility.

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

Each year more and more classes ask to participate in the Green Earth Book Award program by asking for author visits or asking for an invitation to come to the many events on campus that surround this award event. Our campus now has a Children's Resource Center where for the past 6 years all the winning and honor books have been kept, and are continuously checked out by student teachers to use in their classrooms.

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

Encourage the books to be translated into other languages.

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Rating: 5 stars  

NMF is a superior non-profit - they have a strong and clear mission, they communicate efforts, activities, and results efficiently and clearly, and they have a strong interaction with their community. NMF clearly makes a difference in the lives they touch and they continue to make a strong impression in guiding the next generation of environmental stewards.

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

going to the classroom to see how book drives and the Book Awards impact children.

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

n/a

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Rating: 5 stars  

Newton Marasco Foundation fills an imporatnt niche in raising awareness of the next generation of the importance of and involvement in environmental stewardship.

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

My kids are excited about reading and environmental literature.

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

expand its programs

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9 people found this review helpful

I've enjoyed tremendously my experience with NMF. The Green Earth Book Award winners provided me with some of most memorable and moving experiences. Witnessing the enthusiasm and joyful dialogue of young authors with the winners was truly inspiring.

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

enthusiastic volunteers, quality programs

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

innovative, never ending energy

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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1 person found this review helpful

I have served on the Executive Board of the Newton Marasco Foundation (NMF) for almost 3 years. I have worked in the environmental management consulting industry for more than 25 years. I work for a global environmental management and engineering consulting firm called Tetra Tech. NMF's mission is to inspire our nation's youth to be responsible environmental stewards. NMF is led by Amy Marasco (President) and an Executive and Technical Board made up of professionals who are passionately dedicated to teaching our youth about environmental stewardship and whose life long careers have involved protecting the environment and promoting responsible environmental stewardship. NMF specifically focuses its programs on our youth to inspire the next generation to be good environmental stewards. NMF has many wonderful programs including the nationally acclaimed Green Earth Literature and Book Award; Field It - a school habitat and outdoor classroom program; and EnGAUGEit - a program that encourages drivers to regularly check their care time pressure - saving money, saving lives, and protecting the environment through reduced greenhouse gas emissions. NMF is a lean organization that is highly effective in leveraging its funds and programs to maximize the impact of every dollar it spends. Amy and the NMF staff are highly committed to making a difference in this world. I am honored to serve on NMF's Executive Board and I highly recommend getting involved with the NMF if you are excited about the potential to teach and inspire the next generation to be responsible environmental stewards. Mark F. Johnson

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

by serving on the Executive Board and participating directly in various programs.

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

help it to obtain more funding to grow its wonderful environmental programs for youth.

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

helping to teach the next generation about environmental stewardship.

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

highly dedicated to NMF's mission of inspiring responsible environmental stewardship.

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

have a broader impact in the United States to teach youth around the country to be responsible environmental stewards.

Ways to make it better...

Could not be better!

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

obtaining additional funds to broaden the impact of their programs nationally.

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

This is a great foundation with a highly dedicated President and staff who work hard everyday to teach our youth about environmental stewardship.

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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