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