The Paul F-Brandwein Institute, Inc. 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 Paul F-Brandwein Institute will convene a three-day Summit, “North American Actions to Inspire a New Generation,” at the National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The Summit will bring together key stakeholders to design an action plan to build life-long relationships with nature for current and future generations. Read more.

trail routeThe 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.

Curt Meine is the 2015 Brandwein Lecturer

Curt MeineCurt MeineCurt Meine, Senior Fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin, and with the Chicago-based Center for Humans and Nature, delivered the 20th Brandwein Lecture on March 14, 2015, at the NSTA Annual Meeting in Chicago.  His lecture is titled “Teaching Tomorrow’s Conservation Leaders: Lessons from Aldo Leopold.”

Read his bio.   View the slides from Curt Meine's lectureRead the text of Curt Meine's lecture.

Nikita Lopoukhine Received Brandwein Medal at IUCN-World Parks Congress

Nikita LopoukhineNikita LopoukhineNik Lopoukhine, Chair Emeritus, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas, received the Brandwein Medal at the IUCN-World Parks Congress at the Inspiring a New generation Stream Closing Session on November 18, 2014. The award was given in recognition of Nik’s lifetime work in protecting the special places of the planet and inspiring new generations of people to experience, embrace, and love nature firsthand. Read Nik’s Bio. Read Press Release.  Read Nik's opinion piece "Top 10 issues an environmentally responsible party needs to address in the next election."


Richard ArnoldRichard ArnoldRichard Arnold Received the  Brandwein Medal at NSTA Annual Meeting

Richard (Dick) Arnold, formerly a scientist with the Soil Conservation Service, received the Brandwein Medal at the NSTA Annual Meeting in Chicago. The award was presented at the Brandwein Lecture on March 14, 2015. Dr. Arnold was honored for his years of being a world leader in soil science pedagogy and an inspiration to young people to get involved in conservation efforts.  Read Dick’s Bio.

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