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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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87 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

jessica3

Board Member

Rating: 5

A great organization focused on getting factual science books in the hands of kids and provide STEM grants to schools.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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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.

1 Kelsey9

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.

Rhonda J.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

1 amynewton

Board Member

Rating: 5

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'.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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".

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been volunteer, donor, supporter and friend of NatGen for many years. They are organized and provide a wonderful service to the young people who they touch. Their work is focused and makes a difference both in the youth who participate and the natural areas they work within.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

John114

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a 6th grade student who went to the water testing event on the Chapman DeMary Trail. I learned a lot about how we can tell if the creek water is clean and why it is important for everyone to help.

Acorn Financial Services

Donor

Rating: 5

Welcome to an organization that is educating children about the environment by reaching out to youth and inspiring them to make a difference! Direct involvement, effective leadership, and wonderful volunteers shines through and through. Our financial engagements is an effective means of support while providing back to our community. Thank you for allowing us to participate in this manner.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a student you are always looking for opportunities to expand your knowledge base and The Nature Generation has given me that opportunity. I learned how to help out more than yourself and how your environment is your greatest indicator of your standard of living. I learned this during the Trail to Better Water Quality project(and still am) and i hope to benefit more from it. It couldn't have been done without the help of The Nature Generation

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a high school student, finding non profit organizations that allow you to be a leader and not a follower is difficult. The Nature Generation offered me the opportunity to not only participate, but take the reins of a project detailing water quality in a local watershed. Working with a few fellow students, I was immersed in foreign jargon that soon became second nature and often found myself standing in the middle of a stream on a beautiful day carrying wide nets, monitoring equipment, and a turbidity tube. Romping around in my oversize boots is only one of the perks of working on this project. I get to promote sustainability with children at an age that thrives on engaging activities that often occur in the beauty of nature. The Nature Generation combines the efforts to conserve nature with the childlike curiosity that inhabits so many environmental enthusiasts, creating a highly effective program for the next generation, the Nature Generation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with The Nature Generation (formerly Newton Marasco Foundation) for the last 7 years, helping to organize vital fundraising events. This is an extremely well run organization with a deep volunteer pool that consists of the best and brightest in the DC and surrounding areas. As a Project Manager by trade, I appreciate the planning that goes into each event to ensure that volunteers are well informed about what is expected of them and know the schedule well in advance of the event. I truly enjoy every opportunity that I get to volunteer at The Nature Generation events.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with the Greater Washington Eco-Golf Classic and Charity Auction presented by the Newton Marasco Foundation (NMF) for the past 5 years. This is a fantastic event that brings together educators, Federal government employees, and representatives from some of the biggest environmental, energy, and IT consulting firms in the DC area. I can say that this is one of the best run, well-organized fundraisers that I have been a part of. Last year, the Classic made over $100,000 net...which helped fund environmental education programs for youth in Virginia, Maryland, and DC. I am proud to be a board member and volunteer for this wonderful non-profit organization.

Elizabeth86

Advisor

Rating: 5

The Nature Generation gets to the heart of two things I care most about: educating children and the environment. I am proud to work with an organization that gets directly involved with youth to pass along a passion for preserving our world. I've been involved for a number of years as a volunteer, Advisory Board Member, and donor. I am also pleased to work on the their behalf at my regular job and partnering. My organization sponsors and partners with NatGen on a number of programs and our leadership has always been impressed with the broad impact we're able to have on our community as a result of the relationship. It's enriching to see the results of my financial and personal engagement in the faces of the children who have had their eyes open to the possibility of a greener future.