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.
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.
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.
The Brandwein Institute hosted the Dedication Ceremony for the Brandwein Nature Learning Preserve on October 8, 2012. Over 90 people attended, listened to remarks by local and national dignitaries, and viewed the unveiling of the dedication plaque. Following the ceremony, guests walked the trails with Brandwein Institute Guides. See press release.
Lesson 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.
Drew Lanham is 2016 Brandwein Lecturer
Drew 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
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. Jack Padalino, President Emeritus, Brandwien Institute, presented the Medal to Jon Jarvis, Director, National Park Service. Jon was selected for his work in protecting the environment, insuring that our public lands remain pristine for future generations, and serving as an international advocate for protected areas. Read Brandwein Medal Press Release. Read Bio of Alan Latourelle. Read Bio of Jon Jarvis.