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BLOG: Why I Chose to Support The Nature Generation

December 1, 2016:  by Nick McCarter

For me, The Nature Generation mission encompasses three things that are very important in my life, Environment/Nature, Education, and Children. I actively participate in and support many nonprofit organizations that support one or two of those things, but none that support all three.


I grew up with the Chesapeake Bay only a few steps out my back door. My best childhood memories all include some form of being immersed in nature, on the beach, or in the water. Leaving the beach for Northern Virginia seemed like a nightmare. However, having now lived on “our little farm” in Loudoun for 6 years, we love this new flavor of nature that we get to experience daily. I want my children and future generations to be able to have those same experiences.


Most of the people we interact with in our business are extremely fortunate, far more than they even realize. We’ve been given a gift of an education, which is such a powerful and necessary tool for driving positive change both in the environment and elsewhere. We have to continuously work on improving the quality and availability of an education in order to sustain everything we are working so hard for.


Our children had no choice of the environment they were born into, they simply deal with the decisions and results of all the adults before them. We do our best to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for them today. However, the best thing we can do is empower them to make educated decisions long after we’re gone. And hopefully that will allow future generations to enjoy the same environment we do today.

The Nature Generation brings people, businesses, and the community together to simultaneously improve the Environment, Education, and Children. That’s an effort that I’d love to be part of.

Plus, The golf tournament is a pretty good time.

Nick McCarter is the founder and CEO of Chartis, a leading provider of innovative and cost-effective IT solutions for the United States government. McCarter launched Chartis in 2008 with a single project for the Department of Energy and has since grown the firm to more than 100 professionals, supporting 18 public-sector organizations and reducing government spending by millions of dollars. Chartis, translated “map” from Greek, works with clients to strategically map IT investment plans to business needs. Washington Technology, CIO Review and Inc. Magazine have all recognized Chartis for its growth, potential and success as one of the country’s top private companies.

McCarter began his career with Blueprint Technologies as a strategic planner, where he also learned to run a small business. Prior to founding Chartis, he helped develop the enterprise architecture practice at Project Performance Corporation and grew it into a multimillion-dollar practice. 

McCarter lives in Leesburg, Virginia with his wife and twin boys. He has been recognized as one of Loudoun County’s 40 under 40 due to his appreciation for the core American values of hard work and community service coupled with his investment in other small businesses and the local community.  He is a strong supporter of non-profit organizations including The Wounded Warrior Project, Border Patrol Foundation, The Nature Generation, Operation Smile, Trekking for Kids, The Arc of Fairfax, and The Lombardi Foundation. McCarter also serves on the Executive Advisory Board for Computer Science at James Madison University, from which he holds a bachelor of science.



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Empowering the Next Generation of Ocean Stewards

May 23, 2015:  by Patricia Newman

Let’s face it, ocean plastic depresses people. Many feel helpless to affect change. Others don’t see the connection between their habits and the health of the ocean. So when I speak with children about marine debris, I empower them to make a difference.

First, I ask kids how they use the ocean. Popular responses include boogie boarding and fishing. With a little prodding they add transportation to the list. And some child prodigy always quietly raises a hand to say that the ocean provides nearly two-thirds of our oxygen.

Few kids are familiar with the complex ecosystem that exists below the surface, so I show them Plastic, Ahoy! photographer Annie Crawley’s video, “Blue Heart Ocean Soul.” Manta rays fly across the screen. Reef sharks patrol rocky crevices. Schools of fish dart and swerve as one. The kids’ faces beam with every shift in color, size or shape.

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The Storytellers Who Teach Us to Care

March 24, 2016: By Bob Deans

Our son Robby was about two years old when Disney made its animated classic, beauty and the beast. Robby hadn’t yet learned to read, but he had one of those children’s books with buttons you could push to get a quick audio snippet of key passages, which Robby could then follow along in the book and memorize.  One of those, naturally, was the moral of the story – cast down by Disney as if from on high in a voice of towering strength and rectitude: do not be deceived by appearances.  And, one evening while he was leafing through the pages and mimicking the audio himself, we heard Robby recite with all the force of conscience his own small voice might muster: do not be deceived by your parents.

If we’re paying attention, we learn far more from our children than we might ever hope to teach them. We learn how to become parents. Who will tell our children the truth? The truth about the wonders of this magnificent world. About the boundless universe of potential that exists within each child. About the need to be good stewards of all creation and the common home we share.

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I Was Not Born an Environmentalist

February 16, 2016:   By Max Hall

I was not born an environmentalist, but I have come to care greatly about the environment and the future, particularly for this great country of ours.  That’s a big reason I am on the executive board of The Nature Generation a nonprofit focused on preparing youth for the environmental challenges of the future by connecting them with nature today.

We all travel different paths in life to get to where we are, and my path towards environmental concern started as a boy growing up in Illinois in the 1960s.  Looking back, there were a couple things I remember, that sort of amaze me now. The first was that there was always trash along the side of the road.  Always.  And a lot of it.  The second was the fact that if you fished in the Illinois River, you would never catch anything but carp or bullhead because the river was so polluted.  I liked to fish back then and anything we caught, we’d throw on the bank because you couldn’t eat them due to the pollution.  That was just the way it was, and no one seemed to think anything else about it.

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Prepare Our Youth: Plant seeds of ecological ethics

January 7, 2016:  by Arthur Gowran

Because of climate change and global warming, our global environment is in perilous shape, as Pope Francis emphatically reminded us during his recent visit to the United States. More particularly, in his environmental encyclical, “Laudato Si,” he issued a clarion call to the world’s population, believers and non-believers alike, to repair the environment for humanity’s common good.

Francis opined that environmental degradation necessitates an educational challenge for the world’s population. With its Read Green program, hands-on nature trail experience, book-reading competition and environmental quiz games, NatGen has, for more than ten years, been at the vanguard of the educational challenge the Pope has proposed.

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