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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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23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

holm15es

Board Member

Rating: 5

An amazing nonprofit organization that dedicates it's time, energy, and funds to promote environmental stewardship for the next generation. The Green Earth Book Award is a wonderful program acknowledging authors and illustrators who write/illustrate books from picture books for the youngest readers to young adults. Happy and proud to volunteer with this group.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be an advisory board member of this organization. Nothing better than being a steward of the environment for the next generations. Volunteer, donate, and participate in any way that works best for your needs.

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Debi M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am thrilled to be a part of The Nature Generation. NatGen (as we call it) is one of the very few environmental stewardship organizations with volunteers that exude passion for children and the environment. One of the great programs the nonprofit implements is stewardship of the Chapman DeMary Trail. The Trail encourages exploration of the outdoors and emphasizes stewardship in everyday activities. The trail is supported by NatGen, Loudoun Valley High School, the Piedmont Environmental Council, and the Town of Purcellville. The Chapman DeMary Trail, located in what is considered to be the last stand of old growth forest in the Town of Purcellville, provides amazing hands-on environmental learning opportunities to thousands of students throughout Loudoun County, and to even more residents and visitors!

It is such a delight to see children of all ages work on preservation of the Trail, learn about the flora and fauna surrounding the stream, and bring their friends and family with them! I'm proud that my children and I can benefit.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Nature Generation, formerly Newton Marasco Foundation has been my 'nonprofit soul' for many years. As the first executive director, I saw it grow into a formidable charitible organization doing absolutely wonderful work. The programs are solid and the volunteer base is wonderful. Great people, doing inspiring things for our nations youth and overall environmental awareness. Looking forward to working with NatGen for years to come.

Rhonda J.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with the Nature Generation for several years and watched it grow from just an idea to a innovative and very active organization that has touched many young lives. Staff, board members, and volunteers are all very passionate about helping kids learn about nature and conservation. I have seen first hand how children, teens, and parents respond to the many Nature Generation initiatives. They are learning and seeing the environment in a very different way from previous generations. They will make such a difference in our world in the years to come. I am proud to be associated with Nature Generation.

1 amynewton

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Nature Generation (formally the Newton Marasco Foundation) has invested in our next generation. Through Teach Green Programs and Read Green--NatGen connects with our nations youth . NatGen has reached out to thousands of kids in 2013.
What I love best is when a child meets one of our Award winning Green Earth authors and is inspired herself to read and write about nature ! Or when a city kid comes out on our nature trail and is touched by the magic and pure innocent beauty of a protected habitat . Or when a teacher thanks us for our electronic games that support her curriculum on energy and environment in a fun and imaginative way.
Or when a NatGen volunteer asks if they can offer us more time as one recently said 'my best day is a day working with kids and NatGens programs'.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to serve on the board of The Nature Generation ( formally Newton Marasco Foundation). This nonprofit reaches youth across our nation, and has tailored environmental education programs for youth in the Greater Washington Region. From our nationally recognized Green Earth Book Award ( first in the nation to reward authors who write environmental stewardship books for children and young adults)`---- to our engaging environmental classroom games---- to our hands on habitat work---we are investing in the next generation of environmental stewards. Please join me in recognizing NatGen as one of the "Great 2012 Nonprofits".

____701

Board Member

Rating: 5

NatGen rocks! Real people making a real difference - inspiring young enviro stewards - especially where there is an environmental literacy gap. I have participated in many events but my favorite always is donating really wonderful books to students who do read them, care about the message and make a difference in their home and school communities from energy saving to nature appreciation. NatGen has a smart approach to ensuring a legacy of environmental stewardship. Honest, thoughtful, focused on their programs - NatGen is a good investment.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This year, I worked with The Nature Generation to organize a corporate book buy in coordination with my company, The Cadmus Group. The Nature Generation has an annual Green Earth Book Award program to recognize authors of books for children and young adults that encourage environmental stewardship. And Cadmus has a relationship with The Morrison Center, a nonprofit in Portland, OR that assists children and families. The Nature Generation helped select 3 award-winning books and message the fundraising goals to my colleagues. The effort was very successful we raised enough money to purchase 530 books.

John114

Board Member

Rating: 5

My most recent experience with NatGen has been helping to inroduce their E3 Games into the Arlington County Schools. At the end of last year I was able to set up a demonstration at my children's elementary school, Glebe Elementary in Arlington County. In the course of an hour the kids and teachers got to be introduced to the games and participate with them in a mock competition environment. The kids had a blast and the teachers really loved the games. The games are also based on the Virginia SOLs, so they provide an appropriate educational resource for parents, teachers and children.

Since then, we have met with the Arlington County Science Advisor and presented to the science leads from all 22 Arlington Elementary Schools. This FREE resources is a great example of how NatGen can provide both educational, inspirational and fun important resources to the community.

NatGen is doing great work.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Nature Generation is a great new name for the former Newton Marasco Foundation. It really speaks to the core mission of "NatGen" to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards. NatGen is doing just that. NatGen has sponsored its Green Earth Book Award for 8+ years now and also provides great hands on experiences for youth to really unsderstand and participate in environmental stewardship. They have even created electronic games to both teach youth about the environment and assist teachers by providing a fun and engaging forum to teach and learn. THese are available for free on their website. I have been a donor for many years and now am on their advisory board. It is a great and worthwhile organization that deserves the attention and recognition from the giving community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Nature Generation reaches thousands of kids and inspires them to care about the planet and to take action in their communities . Check out their website for free green games or take their green reading challenge and you might win a Kindle!

NatGen does great work and is fun to partner with as well!
In just nine years this nonprofit has really made a difference in the lives of children.
I am proud to be a Board member.

jessica3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with The Nature Generation (formerly the Newton Marasco Foundation) first as a part-time emplioyee, then as a volunteer, and not as an Advisory Board Member. When I was in high school, I was inspired to want to major in Environmental Science in college because of the class that I took. It was interative- focusing on current environmental issues and getting student OUT of the classroom and into the natural environment. This class made me realize that you cannot make people care about the environment by lecturing to them. You must get them into the environment and let them make the conenction themselves. Education needs to be real and it needs to be relevant. This is one of The Nature Generation's principles- to get students excited about the environment by getting them involved and out in the environment.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with Newton Marasco Foundation (NMF) for several years now- first as an employee, then as a volunteer and now as a board member. NMF actively promotes an appreciation of the arts and the environment through several of their programs. One in particular that I have been intimately involved with is the poster contests at Loudoun Valley High School. Each year, NMF works with the graphics arts students (and other students who want to participate) on a contest. The students are asked to prepare a poster that will represent a specific NMF event or program. What is unique about this ocntest is that NMF provides the students an experience that very much mirrors client interaction in the "real world". Students are given a set of guidelines and also some freedom to design what they think is best. The posters are reviewed once by a small panel and feedback/changes are provided back to the students. The students then have the opportunity to adjust their work based on the feedback provided. The final posters are then judged by a larger panel and the winning poster becomes of the face of the NMF program/event. I commend NMF for not only promoting a sense of appreciation for the arts and the environment in high school students but for also understanding how important it is that students learn to work in a client environment.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Nature Generation has a fantastic history of reaching out to youth and inspiring them to make a difference. The leadership and volunteers are all outstanding. I recommend involvement for anyone who wants to make a meaningful difference.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Advisory Board and now the Executive Board for many years and also Chair its committees on grant writing and the Chapman DeMarry Nature Trail. This is an outstanding organization. It reaches kids of all ages and teaches them the value of the environment through a wide range of fun and interesting activities. At the heart of the organization is a commitment to educating the next generation of youth on the many aspects of the natural world around them. Whether it is maintaining an outdoor classroom, learning about water quality through hands-on sampling of the nearby stream, or engaging them through interactive games in a classroom setting, the Nature Generation draws on the expertise of its hundreds of volunteers to make a difference in this critical area. I also get what i call my greatest day of the year -- spending time in a high school classroom teaching and interacting with really smart kids on the issues surrounding energy and climate change issues. It is so rewarding!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Each year The Newton Marasco Foundation invites the Green Earth Book Award winning authors and illustrators to the campus of Salisbury University in Maryland to share their books and stories with students, especially the pre-service teaching candidates. Additionally, the authors go out into the larger educational community and visit with children in pre, elementary and secondary education settings. The importance of their environmental stewardship message cannot be overstated. Today's youth needs to be involved with awareness AND action. These books encourage and inspire kids to do just that. And meeting the authors and the illustrators motivates the kids because they build a personal relationship with an adult who cares about the earth to write, draw and photograph its beauty and fragility.

Board Member

Rating: 5

NMF is a superior non-profit - they have a strong and clear mission, they communicate efforts, activities, and results efficiently and clearly, and they have a strong interaction with their community. NMF clearly makes a difference in the lives they touch and they continue to make a strong impression in guiding the next generation of environmental stewards.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Newton Marasco Foundation fills an imporatnt niche in raising awareness of the next generation of the importance of and involvement in environmental stewardship.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've enjoyed tremendously my experience with NMF. The Green Earth Book Award winners provided me with some of most memorable and moving experiences. Witnessing the enthusiasm and joyful dialogue of young authors with the winners was truly inspiring.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served on the Executive Board of the Newton Marasco Foundation (NMF) for almost 3 years. I have worked in the environmental management consulting industry for more than 25 years. I work for a global environmental management and engineering consulting firm called Tetra Tech. NMF's mission is to inspire our nation's youth to be responsible environmental stewards. NMF is led by Amy Marasco (President) and an Executive and Technical Board made up of professionals who are passionately dedicated to teaching our youth about environmental stewardship and whose life long careers have involved protecting the environment and promoting responsible environmental stewardship. NMF specifically focuses its programs on our youth to inspire the next generation to be good environmental stewards. NMF has many wonderful programs including the nationally acclaimed Green Earth Literature and Book Award; Field It - a school habitat and outdoor classroom program; and EnGAUGEit - a program that encourages drivers to regularly check their care time pressure - saving money, saving lives, and protecting the environment through reduced greenhouse gas emissions. NMF is a lean organization that is highly effective in leveraging its funds and programs to maximize the impact of every dollar it spends. Amy and the NMF staff are highly committed to making a difference in this world. I am honored to serve on NMF's Executive Board and I highly recommend getting involved with the NMF if you are excited about the potential to teach and inspire the next generation to be responsible environmental stewards. Mark F. Johnson