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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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28 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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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!

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!

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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!

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.

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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with Nature Generation for over a year, helping with various events and planning class room exercises for grade school children. The experience has been very positive. The people involved with Nature Generation are great, very friendly, open and hard working.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked with the NMF/Nature Generation in several capacities, and am so excited about the trajectory this organization is on! The name change really clarifies the organization's invaluable mission: No activity we involve our kids in is more crucial to their futures than to nurture their understanding of the environment and a commitment to sustainability. The NatGen is involved in and supports the local community on various levels, from the arts, to the schools, to the natural world. It's all connected!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have volunteered with The Nature Generation at the Chapman DeMary Trail and Outdoor Classroom. This beautiful trail provides a great opportunity for students and the general public to study the natural sciences or just enjoy spending time outside. Volunteering at the trail clean up days and other events gives me a great sense of accomplishment. I enjoy working together with other members of my community to preserve and improve this wonderful trail.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe the Green Earth Book Award has great potential to impact youngsters by introducing them to fine literature that deals with the world around them and by introducing models of ways to be responsible stewards of that world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked closely with the Newton Marasco Foundation for several years and I can say unequivically that with their help and expertise our environmental science curriculum hs become outstanding. NMF has not only found local funding to support our programs but has supplied experts from the field to both speak to our classes and help in the field .
With NMF help we have begun working more closely with the schools in our highschool cluster, which has been a great benefit to the schools but more importantly to the the children in those schools.
With NMF help we have been able to build a one mile long nature trail within the town limits, plant riparian buffers to protect our water qualiity and stream corridors, take a Chesapeake Bay watershed experience along the Shenandoah river. guest speakers have help educate our students on topics from energy to pollution control.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for NMF multiple times by helping with research and preparing handouts for presentations. I have found the work to be rewarding and fun. NMF offers a variety of opportunities to volunteer and all are equally rewarding.

Here are a few examples of how I have volunteered with NMF:

I volunteered a couple of hours to look for quotes and facts about sustainability. The facts and quotes were used in a presentation given by NMF at the Master Gardener’s Symposium on Sustainability. NMF was the key note speaker at the symposium.

I volunteered a couple of hours to look for facts supporting the need to get children outside in unstructured play. These were also used in the presentation given by NMF at the Master Gardener’s Symposium on Sustainability.

I volunteered after work to make flashcards with facts about composting. The flash cards were used at a booth at the NMF at the Master Gardener’s Symposium on Sustainability. NMF used the flashcards to engage children in sustainability activities and to encourage parents to teach their children how to be sustainable.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been involved with the Newton Marasco Foundation for about three years, and I continue to enjoy my experiences. The annual Eco Golf Classic is the main event at which I volunteer and it is a wonderful fund raiser. The enthusiasm from golfers, volunteers, and event organizers is contagious and a fun day is had by all. In recent years I have been helping to organize the silent auction portion of the event, and it is great to see how many donations come in. The Newton Marasco Foundation continues to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards through its programs and initiatives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been very impressed with the Newton Marasco Foundation and the way they have stepped in to ensure that our children receive an education about the choices we make that affect the world they will inherit.
As a result of their partnership with our elementary school, our children have benefitted from a butterfly garden and wildlife refueling station, both of which have involved a lot of student research and input. Both can be used as outdoor classrooms. This spring the older students will be leading younger students and parents through the gardens teaching them about the plants and the various pollinators and/or animals they help. The plants and structures (including a fountain) in the garden would not have been possible without the donations that Newton Marasco facilitated.
The children have also been learning about various conservation efforts, such as composting, recycling, waste-free lunches, and how not to be an energy hog. School families have built bluebird boxes and attended nature hikes focusing on birds, vernal pools, and trees. These activities were led by professionals brought to us by Newton Marasco's network of organizations and individuals.
The foundation has established a green earth book award, and has donated books promoting the environment to our library.
All of these efforts (and more) have involved a great deal of input and guidance from Newton Marasco staff. They have worked hard to establish a program at our school that is focused on our community's needs, is student centered, and will be self-sustaining into the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an elementary guidance couselor and the Newton Marasco Foundation has helped my school go green. They have been a great support in helping us build a pollinator garden and refueling station. They have donated time and money to help us jump start the project and keep it up in running. The student have learned so much about the enviroment from this project.

The two gardens are being used for outdoor classrooms. The 5th grade class have created lessons for the gardens that can used for all grade levels. This experience has taught them lessons that can be carried outside the school and into the community.

We could not have done this without the help of NMF! Thank you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Serving on the NMF Advisory Board and as a volunteer I have experienced the dedication of the Foundation's staff and its commitment to helping future generations (elementary school through high school) learn to appreciate the natural environment through first-hand expereince (e.g, high schoolers develop and lead the enGAUGE It Campaign, all students interact with the Chapman-DeMary nature trail)

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am involved with Newton Marasco Foundation every spring as they plan for the annual Greater Washington Eco-Golf Classic. This is a wonderful event that not only raises funds for NMF's unique programs but provides a social opportunity for members of the environmental community.