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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Newton Marasco Foundation was instrumental in helping the Town of Purcellville kick off a series of nature interpretive hikes within the town. They helped to market the hikes even going as far as running an advertisement in the local paper. They then registered members of the public who were interested so we could prepare for the numbers coming to the events. This effort plus others they are involved with have helped make Newton Marasco one of the premier environmental groups in the region.
NMF is a get-it-done oganization. They were instrumental in getting a new nature trail opened in the town's major forested stream valley involving the Town, the local high school environmental exploration teachers and students, and the property owner. They have become very active in all of our local schools, most recently a native plant garden planting program at the local elementary schools. I have found the staff to be committed, hard-working and passionate about their environmental education mission and a pleasure to work with.
I spoke at Salisbury University and two schools when My book, Frog Heaven: Ecology of a Vernal pool was given a Green Earth Book Award honor by the Newton Marasco Foundation. The foundation did an excellent job in organizing these events and creating a great educational experience for kids in the area by meeting so many visiting authors. In promoting quality environmental literature for children, the foundation is helping them to get more exposure to an important subject that may not be adequately addressed in school. From a personal perspective the award was a great inspiration to me to continue to write books with environmental themes.
I have written books that won the Green Earth Book Award in 2007 and a Green Earth Book Award Honor in 2009. In addition to meeting with several school groups and participating in the Salisbury University Children's Literature Festival, I have participated in two panels of GEBA winners at major reading conferences. All these activities, expertly organized by the Newton Marasco Foundation, have brought exposure to my books as well as to NMF's important work. Children are spending less and less time in the natural world today. How can we expect them to preserve and protect it as adults if they don't grow to love it and respect it as children? Thank goodness there are organizations like the Newton Marasco Foundation who are finding fun, creative ways to show children (and adults) the importance of environmental stewardship.
I received the Green Earth Book Award from the Newton Marasco Foundation for my novel, The Blind Faith Hotel. Along with other award-winning authors, I was invited to present to groups of students and take part in a celebration which was open to the community, as well as participating in Salisbury University's Children's Writing Conference. I was extremely impressed with the dedication, commitment and creativity of Newton Marasco board members, employees. They are filling an important niche in the environmental community and spreading awareness of the need for a curriculum that encourages sustainability and concern for the world we all share.