Inspiring Environmental Stewards

Green Earth Book Awards

The Green Earth Book Award is the nation’s first environmental stewardship book award for children and young adult books. Over 80 winning and honor books have been honored since 2005. The award continues to garner attention from the literary world as an esteemed award, bringing recognition to authors, but more importantly, providing the award-winning books to children.

Each year, an expert jury selects books that best convey the message of environmental stewardship in these categories:

    • Picture Book:  books for young readers in which the visual and verbal narratives tell the story
    • Children’s Fiction: novels for young readers up to age 12
    • Young Adult Fiction: books for readers from age 13 to 21
    • Children’s Nonfiction: nonfiction books for readers from infancy to age 12
    • Young Adult Nonfiction: nonfiction books for readers from 12 to age 21

Growing Green Readers

Each year, our judges read hundreds of environmental books and then present the Green Earth Book Award to those they deem the best in environmental stewardship literature.  NatGen has invited students from area schools to tell us what they think, too!

From March 21 – May 15, students from participating schools are invited to take the Green Reading Challenge by reading and reviewing as many environmental books as they can— at least half of them from our Green Earth Book Award winners list!  For each book they read, they’ll fill out a book review form or create a fun video/trailer.

At the end of the Reading Challenge (it ends on May 15, 2014), we will award a Kindle to the student from each school submitting the most reviews.

If you are a teacher or a youth group leader and want to participate, please contact

Click here for Student Instructions for Reading Challenge

Click here for School Instructions for Reading Challenge

Green Earth Book Award Winners List 

Forms can be submitted to or mail to: The Nature Generation, 3434 Washington Blvd. 2nd Floor AC 2021 A, Arlington, VA 22201, ATTN:  Reading Challenge.


Classroom Games

We are committed to educating youth about the environment — it is the primary focus of many of our programs and efforts. Children are interested in learning about the environment, issues surrounding a healthy planet, and the natural landscape. We want to foster this interest while they are still young, ensure that youth understand how important their role is in protecting the environment, and demonstrate that they can take steps—no matter how young they are—to protect our environment.


Chapman DeMary Trail

The beauty of the Chapman DeMary Trail encourages exploration of the outdoors and emphasizes stewardship in everyday activities. The trail is supported by the The Nature Generation, 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 located at 355 North Hatcher Avenue (behind the building at 205 East Hirst Road) in Purcellville, Virginia.

We offer free interpretive hikes throughout the year led by local experts on topics such as local birds, wildflowers, and trees on the trail. We also encourage you to walk the trail on your own any time to enjoy this beautiful resource. Signs and brochures available help you learn more about the flora and fauna on the trail while you get out for some fresh air and exercise. The entrance to the Chapman DeMary Trail is located behind the building at 205 East Hirst Road in Purcellville, Virginia.


Field It

Welcome to Education on Energy and the Environment, a kit with engaging quiz-show format games that support the 2010 Virginia Standards of Learning for Science with a focus on the environment and stewardship. These easy-to-use, interactive games inject a sense of play in the classroom to make learning fun while encouraging student participation and focus. This kit has the tools and resources to help you—or your students—administer a variety of environmental games. Be sure to review the instructions and tips for a variety of fun ways to lead these games!


Eco Tips

The average person uses how many gallons of water each day?

  1. 10 gallons
  2. 50 gallons
  3. 100 gallons
  4. 500 Gallons
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