Happy 60th Birthday to Our Founder

white oakHelp The Nature Generation founder Amy Marasco Newton make her birthday wishes come true this month.  Instead of asking for presents, she’s asking everyone to take some time to care for the planet and to encourage the kids in their lives to do the same.

Last month Amy and her grandchildren, nieces and nephews planted a white oak tree in her backyard.  Even though the white oak is slow growing and takes 50 years to produce its first acorn, Amy envisioned the impact this tree will have and took the time to show the youngest members in her family how we can all make a difference.

Help celebrate Amy’s 60th virtual “green” birthday (it is on August 20th):

  • Invite a child to help you plant a tree in your yard.
  • Read a book to a child that inspires wonder about our natural world. Click here for a list of Earth Book Award Winners. 
  • Donate, so we can continue to inspire the next generation of stewards through our Read Green and Teach Green Programs.


Welcome New Board Members

We are pleased to announce that Judi Dotson and Bill Balcke were elected to join our Executive Board of Directors and Sara Green to our Advisory Board during our June board meeting.

 Ms. Dotson, Executive Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton, leads the firm’s $340M Finance and Economic Development (FED) business within its Commercial Civil Group.  Mr. Balcke, Vice President at SRA International, Bill Balcke has over 25 years of experience in the analysis and development of environmental laws and regulations and policies. Ms. Green is Program Director at SRA International.

 “As The Nature Generation continues to provide environmental education to our area youth, we are fortunate that we are able to tap into the knowledge of the top professionals from the environmental consulting industry,” said The Nature Generation Board Chair Peter Trick.


Luck Stone Joins The Nature Generation

We are pleased to announce Luck Stone as our new Sustainable Partner. Luck Stone generously supports our environmental education programs and was a key participant in the creation of the nonprofit’s Education on Energy and the Environment (E3) classroom games, which are available for free to teachers throughout Virginia and across the nation.  Luck Stone is also the primary supporter in building the next generation of E3 games, due to be released beginning this fall.  Thanks to a $40,000 grant from Luck Stone, we will be able to improve the technology of the games to make them accessible on-line to teachers and students and enhance the content to address current environmental topics, encourage critical thinking and inspire responsible environmental action. Read more…


Join the 10,000 Books Fund

10K Books girl reading photoYou can help us meet our goal to bring 10,000 environmental education books to youth in public and inner-city schools and military bases in your community. For many of these children, this could be their first book – what better way to nurture the love of reading than to present them with a beautifully illustrated and written book about the wonders of our natural environment.   Click here to donate.



NatGen Volunteers Test Stream Water Quality

collecting creaturesOn April 27, local residents and students joined The Nature Generation at the Chapman DeMary Trail in Purcellville to test the quality of water in the South Fork Catoctin Creek.  The water testing is an annual event on the trail that began under an EPA grant called Trail to Water Quality, designed to give students and the community hands on experiences in testing water quality. Stream monitoring results showed improved ecologic conditions.  Click here to read more.