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The Nature Generation
November 24, 2012

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.

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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

MY ROLE:
Board Member

The Nature Generation
February 11, 2010

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.

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

a variety of their programs and fundraisers.

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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

MY ROLE:
Board Member & Various volunteer activities.