From your dollars to your time every effort is an investment in the future of our planet. Students we work with move forward to study the environment in college, they become active in their communities with efforts to protect and conserve their local environment; they even go home and help their families change habits. We are making a difference and invite you to Donate, Volunteer, or provide Corporate Support to make a difference with us!
Support the Chapman DeMary Trail
You can become part of this inspirational effort initiated by local students while making a difference in their lives and education! Your gift will help students fulfill their role as stewards of the trail, and encourage environmental learning and experiences among students and residents throughout Loudoun County, Virginia!
How Much Time Do You Have?
If you believe in our mission and are ready to help, here are ways to get involved, even if you’ve only got a minute to spare.
One Minute: Check your tire pressure. Keeping your tires properly inflated can help you save money, save lives, and save the environment. Every year, drivers waste billions of dollars — and more than a billion gallons of gas — because of under-inflated tires.
One Hour: Read a Green Earth Award winning book to a child. Click here to see a list of these award winning books.
One Week: Become part of the train-the-trainer program for the toolkit to introduce the multi-media games about the environment to schools and youth groups throughout our region.
- Implement and promote the corporate book program at your place of work.
- Donate to and read books at local schools and libraries.
- Encourage student review of books.
- Research resources (from author web site pages, other pages) for each of the winning Green Earth Book Award books to provide teachers with activities and lessons to use with the books.
- Become part of the train-the-trainer program for the toolkit to introduce the multi-media games about the environment to schools and youth groups throughout our region.
- Lead these games for classes and youth groups.
- Participate in trail clean-up and plantings.
- Provide support to students with printing of trail brochures.
- Join us for free nature walks and school field trips on the trail.
- Research websites where the trail could be listed (visitors bureaus, trail or nature walk listings, nature destinations, environmental education destinations) to help promote the trail and encourage more people to use it.
- Research existing lessons and activities for outdoor classrooms that may be used on the trail (such as Project Learning Tree, Project Wet, Project Wild, and American Forest Foundation).
Outreach and Development
- Write speaking points and create presentations for speakers.
- Go to schools and organizations to talk about environmental topics and careers.
- Attend community events to represent and promote NatGen and its programs.
- Review, write, and/or locate grant opportunities.
- Volunteer the day of the event (Friday, April 26, 2013) with a range of activities from helping out on the course to supporting the live auction.
- Join the auction team, helping to secure, package and set-up items.
- Organize a foursome at your office to play at our Greater Washington Eco-Golf Classic
Join the NatGen Team!
Meet volunteer coordinator Rhonda Jackson, an Advisory Board member who has been with The Nature Generation since its inception. A familiar face at many of our events, you may see her pitching in to help with everything from passing out environmental education literature to registering golfers at the annual Eco-Golf Classic.
If you are interested in joining the NatGen Team, contact Rhonda at rjackson@NatGen.org. She’ll keep you updated on volunteer activities like happy hours, fundraising events, and trail activities.
Become a Sustainable Partner
Sustainable Partners are companies whose gifts have provided a substantial opportunity for the growth of The Nature Generation’s mission. Through their philanthropic activities these partners are making environmental education and outreach accessible to youth across the country. We greatly appreciate our 2011 Sustainable Partners to-date: Acorn Financial, Booz Allen Hamilton, The Cadmus Group, Dominion, Luck Stone, Middleburg Bank, PPC, Salisbury University, SRA International, and Tetra Tech. Click here to learn more.
Host a Green Book Buy
The Green Earth Literature Corporate Program is an employee-directed book drive that puts environmental books into the hands of children in order to promote environmental stewardship. It is available to organizations that:
- Are dedicated to protecting the earth by teaching future generations how to be responsible environmental stewards
- Seek opportunities to engage employees in meaningful volunteerism and charitable giving
- Strive to be identified in their communities as positively impacting local youth and the environment
- Companies and individuals alike are concerned about environmental degradation — from climate change and oil spills, to poor water quality and burgeoning landfills. One way we can change the tide is by teaching our youth how to be good environmental stewards. We can provide beautifully illustrated and written books that encourage kids to ask questions about ecosystems and habitats, about balancing development and conservation. Since 2005, the The Nature Generation (NatGen) and its corporate partners have donated thousands of Green Earth award winning books to schools throughout the D.C. area.
Sponsor our Annual Eco-Golf Tournament
NatGen hosts the Annual Eco-Golf Classic each year on the last Friday of the April. We offer a variety of sponsorship opportunities that give companies mazimum visibilty on the course and in promotional materials.