Inspiring Environmental Stewards

Our Best Photos of 2016

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.
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.
All ages are welcome to help out.

We teach the next generation how to protect it - youth testing the health of the Catoctin Creek.
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 made book donations like these to schools throughout the nation as part of the Green Earth Book Award celebration.
We donated award-winning books to schools throughout the nation as part of the annual celebration of our Green Earth Book Award.

These kids are talking about award winner "Hey, Not Your Typical Book About The Environment" in our new video.
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 - young volunteer picks up trash on our Chapman DeMary Trail in Purcellville, Va.
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.

Trail, Water Quality Day, Hannah with water and boot, June 2016
High school student literally gets her feet wet during water quality testing day at the trail.

Students are always inspired when they meet our award winning authors face to face - Green Earth Book Award Winner Ali Benjamin is greeted here with life-like jellyfish hanging from the library for her presentation about her book "The Thing About Jellyfish."
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.
The birdfeeders that this student and her class made ended up as morsels for birds on the trail this winter.

Messy but rewarding.
Messy but rewarding – planting in the pollinator plot on Earth Day field trip.

Here are more highlights of 2016…

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