The Brandwein Institute is a nonprofit organization. To perpetuate the work of Paul F-Brandwein, the Institute is dedicated to the education of all learners in recognition of their interdependence with nature and responsibility for sustaining a healthful and healing environment. This site is both a showcase for the Institute's activities, and a working environment for ongoing collaboration and dialog among the institute's fellows, staff, and board members.

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On November 6, 2015, the Brandwein Institute convened a three-day Summit, “Inspiring a New Generation: A North American Summit” at the National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The Summit brought together 200 key stakeholders to design an action plan to build life-long relationships with nature for current and future generations. Read more.

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The Brandwein Nature Learning Preserve consists of trails on the Brandwein-Morholt Trust property (Rutgers Creek Wildlife Conservancy) designed to be used by local school students and club members to perform field studies. Virtual investigations are also encouraged so that students around the country can participate in the learning preserve activities in their communities and share data with their counterparts.

Looking under rocks in the creekLesson plans and skill-building activities, aimed at the middle grades level, have been developed by outstanding science teachers who are Brandwein Fellows. The activities may be used by teachers visiting the learning preserve with their students or by teachers in other parts of the country who have access to outdoor field study.

The Brandwein Institute is hostingan Inspiring a New Generation (ING) Summer Science Camp, July 25-29, 2016, at the Brandwein Nature Learning Preserve, Port Jervis, New York. Read more information.

Drew Lanham is 2016 Brandwein Lecturer

Drew LanhamDrew Lanham, Professor, School of Agriculture, Forest, and Environmental Sciences spoke at the National Science Teachers Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 2, 2016, in Nashville, Tennessee.   In his teaching, research, and outreach roles, Drew seeks to translate conservation science to make it relevant to others in ways that are evocative and understandable. As a Black American he is intrigued with how culture and ethnic prisms can bend perceptions of nature and its care.  The title of his lecture is "Love--The Four Letter Word that Science Forgot.”  Read Drew’s Bio. Read Drew's lecture. See photos of 2016 Brandwein Lecture

Park Directors Receive Brandwein Medals at ING Summit

Alan Latourelle, Nik Lopoukhine, Jon Jarvis, and Jack Padalino at ING Summit Brandwein Medal ceremony.The Brandwein Institute bestowed its highest award, the International Brandwein Medal, to Alan Latourelle and Jonathan B. Jarvis at the Inspiring a New Generation North American Summit in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, on November 7, 2014.Nikita Lopoukhine, Chair Emeritus, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas, presented the Medal to Alan Latourelle, CEO (retired), Parks Canada.  Alan was selected for his dedicated work in protecting the special places of our planet and inspiring new generations of people to experience, embrace, and love nature firsthand. 


Kartikeya SarabhaiKartikeya Sarabhai to Receive Brandwein Medal

The 2016 International Brandwein Medal will be presented to Kartikeya sarabhai at the World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, September 1-5. Mr. Sarabhai is one of the world's leading environmental educators and a dedicated community builder as well a an astute and well-regarded industrialist. He is founder and director of India's Centre for Environmental Education, headquartered in Ahmedabad. Mr. Sarabhai was among the founders of the South and Southeast Asian Network for Environmental Education, and he is currently the editor of the Journal of Education for Sustainable Development. See Kartikeya Sarabhai's Bio.

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