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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Children & Youth, Environment, Environmental Beautification, Environmental Education, Youth Development Programs

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

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86 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Passionate people doing amazing things for children and our planet. I know my donation makes a difference and that every penny is used wisely. This is a TRUE GREAT NOPROFIT.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My role with The Nature Generation encompasses - volunteer, donor, and board member. Seeing Nat Gen from various perspectives continues to affirm my belief that this is a fantastic nonprofit, doing great things, and a responsible financial steward of donations/grants.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Nature Generation donated a set of their award winning books to my children's elementary school. The books explore environmental issues for a variety of ages. They are a generous organization that does incredible work for young people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We love the Green Earth book award! Every year our family purchases at least one of the books and donates it to our local schools here in Texas. This year, NatGen sent us a box of books appropriate for elementary and middle schools that we will donate. The libraries and students are very excited to receive these contributions to the school. We appreciate NatGen's effort to educate the next generation!

Donor

Rating: 5

As an employee of one of The Nature Generation’s sustainable corporate partners, I’ve seen firsthand the good work the organization is able to do by providing inspirational books to kids in our communities. Keep up the good work!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wrote a book review of One White Dolphin for The Nature Generation's eco-reading contest and I won! I'm glad I know about these kinds of books on nature because they help teach me about the environment.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NatGen is an amazing organization that cares deeply about their mission. I helped with their social media and was interested and pleased to see how invested they were in providing information and fun events to our community!

holm15es

Board Member

Rating: 5

An amazing nonprofit organization that dedicates it's time, energy, and funds to promote environmental stewardship for the next generation. The Green Earth Book Award is a wonderful program acknowledging authors and illustrators who write/illustrate books from picture books for the youngest readers to young adults. Happy and proud to volunteer with this group.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Debi M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am thrilled to be a part of The Nature Generation. NatGen (as we call it) is one of the very few environmental stewardship organizations with volunteers that exude passion for children and the environment. One of the great programs the nonprofit implements is stewardship of the Chapman DeMary Trail. The Trail encourages exploration of the outdoors and emphasizes stewardship in everyday activities. The trail is supported by NatGen, Loudoun Valley High School, the Piedmont Environmental Council, and the Town of Purcellville. The Chapman DeMary Trail, located in what is considered to be the last stand of old growth forest in the Town of Purcellville, provides amazing hands-on environmental learning opportunities to thousands of students throughout Loudoun County, and to even more residents and visitors!

It is such a delight to see children of all ages work on preservation of the Trail, learn about the flora and fauna surrounding the stream, and bring their friends and family with them! I'm proud that my children and I can benefit.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Partnering our volunteer organization with The Nature Generation over the last year has been a pleasure. Nat Gen needed assistance identifying some of the trees along their wonderful Chapman DeMary Trail in Purcellville, VA. The Tree Stewards, part of the VCE Master Gardeners of Loudoun County, gladly assisted with this, so that they could provide signage on site and information on their website/Facebook page for local students and community members to utilize exploring the trail and stream area. We will be doing some additional projects in 2015 along-side Nat Gen, including tree walks, assisting with school visits to the site, and championing our shared appreciation of native trees and shrubs. Focus will be on educating students and the public about trees value to wildlife and water quality.

An exceptional organization! And when you are in the area, you should take advantage of this lovely, very accessible nature trail.

Jennifer439

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a member of a community that is actively served by the NatGen (formally the Newton Marasco Foundation) what great programs have been made available to provide hands on learning opportunities and to ignite the intellectual curiosity for our next generation of environmental stewards. I have had experience on many levels with this organization, all of which have been positive.

My first experience was as a parent at our elementary school (Hillsboro) during the implementation of the butterfly garden and wildlife refueling station. The plan for these two school projects was developed in concert with the Hillsboro students and the Newton Marasco Foundation. As a parent of two Eagle Scout candidates the NatGen has also reached out to our local scout troop to volunteer and support their community clean up efforts, nature trail development, and family programs. These volunteer opportunities have allowed our scouting organization many hours of community outreach and true hands on learning and teaching experiences. And finally as a 2nd and 3rd grade teacher I have been tapping into the on line resources and book recommendations to compliment my lessons. I also have led many nature walks and conducted lessons in both our school butterfly garden and wildlife refueling station.

It is my pleasure to write this note with my heartfelt thanks to this organization for not only guiding me, my family, my students, and community on our way to embracing the Nat Gen’s mission. I only hope that the reach of this organization can expand and touch many more lives in the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

NatGen is amazing! I worked with them extensively during my senior year in high school and I still volunteer occasionally. They are an amazing group of people doing some amazing work!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My co-author, Cindy Trumbore, and I have become "forever friends" of The Nature Generation. The warm, welcoming, appreciative reception given by the Green Earth Book Award Organization to Cindy and me for our winning book, The Mangrove Tree, 2012, is still a benchmark for celebratory occasions. The honor was great and it continues to follow us. The elegant accompanying exhibit of my original art for this book was beautifully displayed. That the exhibit was timed perfectly with the award presentation made the event even more special and meaningful to us. The memorable occasion was orchestrated with exquisite attention to details, including appropriate visits with schoolchildren and even a prearranged sightseeing tour to a nearby nature reserve for our added enjoyment. Our second book together, Parrots Over Puerto Rico, 2013, was an Honorable Mention for the Green Earth Book Awards, for which we are deeply appreciative.

Not only do Cindy and I deeply believe in The Nature Generation's causes, but also, we feel that NatGen fulfills a very special responsibility in choosing to focus its awards on children's books that promote stewardship of our environment. We believe that early education of our children is essential if our planet is to survive. The Green Earth Book Awards, by showcasing accessible, informative, and beautiful books, is helping to educate our educators as well as our children, and they are the ones who will determine the future for all of us. -Susan L. Roth

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

davidward

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Nature Generation engages both young and old in ways that exceed all expectations. Having helped on several events in stream monitoring I find the enthusiasm of our young inspiring as they gaze through the microscope seeing a much smaller world of aquatic life and diversity that would otherwise never be known. I am so grateful that The Nature Generation brings these programs to our youth and fosters environmental stewardship. This is one of the finest group, hands down.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 4

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!

Melissa254

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Karen J

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Nature Generation project in the Town of Purcellville is helping preserve and protect the last forested area in our town and the buffer to our beloved creek. NatGen has hosted wonderful events which involves workshops, lessons, and interactive tours of the trail so that those of all ages can enjoy nature and still feel connected to mother nature in the middle of our small town. Because our local high school is within steps of our Nature Generation preservation area, the students have partnered to complete projects and use it as an outdoor classroom. Local scouts have also partnered to perform their scout programs and badges by building bridges and bird houses. Looking forward to their continued growth and progress in the preservation of nature in our communities.