Check out some of our favorite shots of kids as they grow to become our next generation of stewards. Through our environmental literature and outdoor classroom programs, these youth are learning what they can do to protect the planet. We know that in the future, their environmental education experiences will have a positive impact on the decisions they will make as adults. We appreciate the generous financial donations and gifts of time from our supporters and volunteers.
We are all born with a natural curiosity about nature. Pictured here, kids peek under a fallen tree.
All ages are welcome to help out.
The Nature Generation teaches youth, our next generation of environmental stewards, how to protect nature. Youth test the health of the Catoctin Creek during our annual Water Quality day.
We donated award-winning books to schools throughout the nation as part of the annual celebration of our Green Earth Book Award.
These kids talk about award winner “Hey, Not Your Typical Book About The Environment” in our new video.
Learning first hand how to maintain the delicate balance of nature. A young volunteer picks up trash on our Chapman DeMary Trail in Purcellville, Va.
High school student literally gets her feet wet during water quality testing day at the trail.
Students are inspired when they meet our award winners face-to-face: Ali Benjamin is greeted with life-like jellyfish hanging in the library for her talk about her book “The Thing About Jellyfish.”
Author of winning book “One Plastic Bag,” Miranda Paul, shows kids how others did their part to change the world.
The birdfeeders that this student and her class made ended up as morsels for birds on the trail this winter.
Messy but rewarding – planting in the pollinator plot on Earth Day field trip. Here are more highlights of 2016…
Kids of all ages learn how to grow a pollinator garden to help the smallest of creatures.
The birds, bats, bees and other insects appreciate all the hard work!
You scientists observe the results of testing the water quality of the South Fork Catoctin Creek.
Gina Farber, 2016 McGranaghan Stewardship award winner, poses at the trail.
Kids get out of the classroom and outside to learn about nature.
Summer STEAM campers play a game about being quiet and observing the wonders of nature.
Students from the US Indonesian Youth Leadership Initiative visit the trail.
High schoolers use our resources for discovery activities on the trail.
Plastic bags in this recycle box are going to be a bench one day.
Getting a closer look at nature.
Eagle Scout Adam Broshkvitch builds a boardwalk on the trail.
Fellow Scout Joshua Eager builds a bridge.
Support from sponsors makes our trail offerings to the community possible.
Caring for the trail...after all there is no planet B.
Many hands make light work.
Loyal Weed Warriors clean up the trail each month.
Weed Warriors in action.
Green Earth Book Award winner Miranda Paul (One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia) tells kids the story of how everyone can do thier part to keep the planet clean.
Miranda has lunch with the eco-club.
Many lucky students got a copy of award winner Todd Strasser's book, "The Beast of Cretacea" during his school visit.
Proud of our 2016 Green Earth Book Award winners - congratulations for writing the best in environmental stewardship literature for youth!
These kids are talking about award winner "Hey, Not Your Typical Book About The Environment" in our new video.
And this group drew pictures about what they learned by reading "The Stranded Whale" by Jane Yolen.
Winning author Sneed Collard talks with kids at an elementary school.
Schools across the country participated in our Green Reading Challenge-- in total, hundreds of environmental books were read by students of all ages..
A winner of our Green Reading Contest is all smiles as he receives his prize -- a Kindle!