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The Nature Generation

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Nonprofit Overview

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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4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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

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.

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

From selecting and distributing Nature-centered children's books to sponsoring school students' projects like the Chapman-DeMary nature trail or the enGAUGE It program, NMF constantly impresses me with their tight focus as well as their effectiveness with each project they take on. Finally, NMF is no slouch in fundraising and has successfully generated the cash to support the programming they have so creatively constructed.