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The Nature Generation

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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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've always loved working with NMF! I've volunteered with them for two years now. As a high school student I helped them run enGAUGE It 2009 and 2010, a program that passes out free tire gauges to residents of the town where you live and people who shop within that town. I've always found what they do to be a great thing, and hope to continue working with them and helping the environment every chance I get! They do a great job with every program they run!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is a pleasure to work on community events with an organization so committed to their mission. The enthusiasm and creativity they bring to any event is inspiring.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was invited as President of the Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents (LEAP) to participate in two review panels: the Rachel Carson poster and the Loudoun Valley High School scholarship. Serving on both panels was both rewarding and educational from the standpoint of seeing first hand how much the students learned about environmental stewardship with the assistance of the Newton Marasco Foundation. I also had the opportunity to see the initiation of the NMF elementary school "Going Green" program at Hillsboro Elementary School. Through this program the students developed a Going Green logo, created a butterfly garden habitat, quantified the amount of waste produced during school lunch, and provided all students the chance to come up with creative ways for their school and families to be come more "green."

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, I managed two annual Maryland high school environmental photo contests as well as helped with early fund-raising events when the foundation was launched. All of my work with Newton Marasco Foundation has been rewarding for me and appreciated by the foundation. For example, the photo contests allowed the foundation to build its relationship with the state of Maryland's Department of the Environment as well as opened some young minds to the beauty and fragility of nature. I strongly believe in the Newton Marasco Foundation's mission, dedication to its cause, and passion to make a difference - even in these hard economic times. I am a life-long volunteer for this group because I believe not only in the founder and her staff but in the person who inspired the creation of this foundation. Newton Marascco Foundation is genuine in its concern for the environment and in passing the understanding of sustainability to future generations. It has developed creative ideas for spreading it messages and reaching new audiences. My only constructive feedback is tap me more often for other work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards -- what can be more worthy than that? And what could be more exciting than the upcoming fifth annual Green Earth Book Award being held at Salisbury University in April? I'm delighted to be involved in it again this year -- and we have a wonderful selection of talented authors who write fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults -- it's the ONLY environmental book award in this country!

2 pkdean

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have greatly enjoyed working with the Newton Marasco Foundation. Their ideas to protect the environment are innovative and purposeful. They walk their talk by providing a variety of opportunities for our younger citizens to gain more knowledge and/or get involved through projects that focus on the environment. I am specifically involved in the children's literature project, "The Green Earth Book Award" as a reviewer on two selection committees. The award categories have advanced from 1 in 2005 to 4 awards in 2011. This is a great way to get children, their teachers and families aware of the issues involving our planet.

5 tonydie

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Newton Marasco Foundation (NMF) for several years, and have tremendously enjoyed my role formerly as a corporate patron and now as a volunteer. For the past three years, I also have had the distinct honor and pleasure of serving as a review panelist for the Foundation’s illustrious Green Earth Book Award (Picture Book Category). This annual contest was established “to promote books that inspire children to grow a deeper appreciation, respect, and responsibility for their natural environment.” Each year authors and their illustrators are awarded in four categories: Picture Book, Children’s Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, and Nonfiction. I can say without a doubt that this annual contest, coupled with the Foundation’s partnership with the annual Salisbury University Children and Young Adult Literature Festival, has equally inspired me and my fellow panelists to make a stronger and lasting commitment to being responsible environmental stewards. Reading and judging each year’s books about our environment and natural world, and then participating in the Foundation and University’s spring festival and meeting and hearing from the diversity of authors is an event unmatched in the environmental nonprofit community. I commend the Foundation for its ground-breaking work promoting and inspiring literature read by our children and young adults.