Nature Forward

EIN: 53-0233715

Mission Statement

Nature Forward inspires residents of the greater Washington, DC, region to appreciate, understand, and protect their natural environment through outdoor experiences, education, and advocacy.

Program Summary

Nature Forward is the DC region’s longest-serving environmental organization. We have pioneered environmental education, conservation and restoration for 127 years. Today, our work benefits people and wildlife across the entire Capital Region. We are deeply committed to conservation and restoration of urban green spaces, with a focus on increasing community-informed programming in underserved neighborhoods; adding green infrastructure to improve climate resilience; involving DMV residents of all ages in community science to monitor and improve water quality and access to nature in the Potomac and Anacostia River watersheds.

Our Arlington presence includes field trips to natural areas such as Four Mile Run Trail and Potomac Overlook Park, as well as co-sponsoring EcoAction Arlington’s candidate forum. We also offer notifications on key environmental legislation up for consideration by the Virginia General Assembly via our Action Alert Network. Sign up here.

Impact Statement

Examples of our work include our GreenKids program that delivers free environmental education in area public schools to more than 10,000 children each year; planting 1,000 native trees and native plant gardens over the next five years in Justice40 communities throughout the DMV, and expanding our popular conservation landscaping programs that help residents convert turf grass to native gardens across the DC metro region in neighborhoods of all economic types. 

What ways can the public get involved?

We offer myriad programs that enable people of all ages and abilities to enjoy, learn about, and protect nature. You can find out more about our nature field trips, advocacy workshops, water quality monitoring program, nature classes, camps, and school programs at

How are charitable dollars spent? Where does my donation go?

87% of every dollar donated to Nature Forward supports our mission work in environmental education, conservation, and restoration in the DC metro region.

Information provided April 2024