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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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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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.



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.


Rating: 5

The Nature Generation offers me the opportunity to help inspire the next generation to understand and practice sound stewardship of the planet's resources. As an advisor, I am inspired by this meaningful mission. Our three primary means to do this include: the Green Earth Book Award, using the power of story to teach children about our natural environment and the responsibility we all have to protect it, 2) engaging quiz show format games that school teachers use to make learning about energy and environment fun, and 3) creating outdoor classrooms where students learn about and develop an appreciation for the nature that surrounds them. The Nature Generation effectively engages youth from elementary school through high school in important issues from climate change to biodiversity. NatGen's founder is herself one of the most inspiring leaders I have known. She has devoted a lifetime to making a difference in the world of environmental stewardship.