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Earth Day 2017 — Line Up for April

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Eco Action Checklist

Going green is easier than you think. There are lots of little things you can do every day to help reduce greenhouse gases and be less harmful to the earth. In the spirit of Earth Day, we’ve compiled a list of actions your can take to reduce your impact.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

2017 Green Earth Book Award Winners Announced

The winners of our annual award are chosen each year by a panel of judges representing environmental and educational organizations in private industry, associations, and governmental natural resource agencies, as well as college professors and elementary school teachers. We’re honored to recognize the authors and illustrators who inspire our youth to be responsible stewards.  The Shortlist will be announced early April.

Click here to learn more about the awards.

 Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, 2017

Children’s and Young Adult Literature Festival

Salisbury University, Salisbury, Maryland, 10:30 a.m.

We are proud to participate in this year’s Festival in celebration of our dear friend, Dr. Ernie Bond.   Please join us during any of these activities:

  • Donation of 300+ books to the City of Salisbury programs that focus on promoting, celebrating and inspiring children and adults to read
  • Winners of the 2017 Green Earth Book Award recognized – 10:30am
  • Environmental panel with past Green Earth Book Award-winners, Shelley Rotner, Karen Romano Young and Ali Benjamin -10:45 am

To register for the event ($35) or for details, go to

Plant for the Planet Trail Event

Chapman Demary Trail, Purcellville, Virginia, 2:00- 4:00 pm

The rain didn’t dampen everyone’s spirits! We had some dedicated souls come out for the Earth Day Planting at the trail!  The Nature Generation hosted a Earth Day planting at the Trail and got 60 plants into the ground at the pollinator meadow. A student from Culbert Elementary who had been on a field trip to the trail last Earth Day came with her mom, and they happily planted for the pollinators. They were joined by Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser, Purcellville Town Council Members Chris Bledsoe and Karen Jimmerson, volunteers Gina Faber, Nancy Reaves, Mark Ware, and Nathan Ware, Amy Marasco–our president and founder, and our Teach Green Program Director Amie Ware. Coincidentally, three students from Loudoun Valley High School were also at the Chapman DeMary Trail to conduct water monitoring for their Capstone project, and one of these students joined us to help.

Lauren Cianciaruso, the mother of the Culbert Elementary School student, Olivia, who joined NatGen said that there was no other place her daughter would rather be on Earth Day. “She loves to plant. She’s a nature girl.”  Olivia won the door prize from Watermark Woods, which was a gift certificate to the native plant nursery along with a garden decoration so she’ll be able to get lots of plants for her garden at home.

Thank you the Dominion Foundation, Watermark Woods and Corcoran Brewing Company for supporting our Earth Day Plant for the Planet, and to all our dedicated volunteers!

 Click here to learn more about the Chapman DeMary Trail. 


April 27, 2017

Webinar: Closing the Gap in Environmental Literacy

1:15 – 2:45 p.m., hosted by the Security and Sustainability Forum and sponsored by Cadmus and CSRA

Join our webinar, “Closing the Environmental Literacy Gap” to learn how policy makers and educators are creating a more environmentally-literate population.  Experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) will join us in a comprehensive discussion on our nation’s environmental literacy gap:

  • what is the current gap
  • why it is relevant to our future (including environmental implications and security, economic, and social significance)
  • what are disparities within the gap itself
  • what are effective ways to close the gap

Of interest to: students and educators, policy makers and public officials, environmental and conservation organizations, and professionals working in the environment or energy sectors. We welcome office groups and classroom registrations, and expect this to be a popular topic so register early!

Click here to register.

April 29, 2017

People’s Climate Movement March

National Mall, Washington, D.C., 8:00 a.m.

“We Are The Nature Generation” volunteers wearing “No Planet B” t-shirts and carrying The Nature Generation banner show their support for protecting the environment at the People’s Climate Movement march. Bring your friends!

To get your t-shirt and join the group, contact For march details, go to

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