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 5, 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, Sheperdstown, 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.
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.
David Sobel is 2014 Brandwein Lecturer
David Sobel, Senior Faculty in the Education Department at Antioch University New England in Keene, NH, will deliver the 19th Brandwein Lecture on April 5, 2014, at the NSTA Annual Meeting in Boston. His lecture, titled “Global Climate Change Meets Ecophobia,” shows what happens when we lay the weight of the world’s burdensome environmental problems on the shoulders of young children. Using short videos and public service announcements, he’ll demonstrate the messages about rain forest destruction and global warming that children are awash in every day and discuss why this approach, of scaring children into appropriate environmental behavior, is flawed. Finally, he’ll show positive examples of educational approaches that connect children to nature, engage them constructive activities, and provide the foundations for responsible environmental behavior. David Sobel consults and speaks widely on child development and place-based education with schools, environmental organizations, and the National Park Service. He has authored seven books and more than 60 articles focused on children and nature for educators, parents, environmentalists, and school administrators in the last 30 years.
Terry Ippolito Receives Brandwein Medal
Teresa (Terry) Ippolito was awarded a Brandwein Medal, at the Brandwein Nature Learning Preserve Dedication Ceremony on October 8. 2012, Terry is the EPA Environmental Coordinator for New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The award was presented by Brandwein Institute Director Brad Smith. Read more about Terry Ippolito.
Wendy Goldstein received the 2012 International Brandwein Medal at the IUCN (Internation Union for Conservation of Nature) World Conservation Congress in Jeju Korea on September 6th. Jack Padalino, President Emeritus of the Paul F-Brandwein Institute, presented the award that is given every four years in partnership with IUCN-CEC (Commission on Education and Communication). Wendy Goldstein is a lecturer in the Graduate School of the Environment, Macquarie University, Sydney (2005 to present), where she is program director for the awards in Environmental Education and Sustainable Development. Her interest is in how to engage people and work with them to bring about change for sustainable development. Read more about Wendy Goldstein.