Emma Marris is 2017 Brandwein Lecturer
Emma Marris, nature writer and reporter, will speak at the National Science Teachers Association Annual Meeting, Saturday, April 1,11am, in Los Angeles. Marris has written for magazines and newspapers, including National Geographic, Discover, the New York Times, and Slate. She worked for many years as a reporter for the journal Nature. The title of her lecture is "Nearby Wilderness, Novel Ecosystems, and Connecting to Nature.” She will discuss how nearby nature and overlooked wild corners in urban and suburban spaces can be used to connect students to nature. Marris will make the case that thinking of nature as only large parks or protected areas far away contributes to alienation from nature and leaves out students who cannot afford to visit national parks or buy expensive gear. In 2011, she published her first book, Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World. In 2016, she gave a TED talk about seeing the hidden nature that surrounds us. To view her TED talk, go to https://www.ted.com/talks/
Robert Bateman to Receive Brandwein Medal
Artist and naturalist Robert Bateman will receive the 2017 International Brandwein Medal at the Children & Nature Network International Conference on April 21 at 8:30am. Brandwein Board of Directors William Hammond, Cheryl Charles, and Bradley Smith will present the Medal at the Westin Bayshore Conference Centre, Vancouver, BC. Bateman is known as one of the foremost artists depicting the world of nature, and he has become a spokesperson for many environmental and preservation issues. Books about his life and art have sold over a million copies. See Robert Bateman’s Bio.
Brandwein Institute Summer Science Camp
The Brandwein Institute Summer Science Camp, held at the Brandwein Nature Learning Preserve in Port Jervis, NY, offers one and two week sessions in July, 2017. To learn more about the day camp for students grades 1-6 and to register, click here.
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.
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.