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, 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.
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, delivered the 19th Brandwein Lecture on April 5, 2014, at the NSTA Annual Meeting in Boston. His lecture, titled “Global Climate Change Meets Ecophobia,” showed 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 demonstrated the messages about rain forest destruction and global warming that children are awash in every day and discussed why this approach, of scaring children into appropriate environmental behavior, is flawed. He then showed positive examples of educational approaches that connect children to nature, engage them in 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. David's lecture was based on an article he wrote in 2007. (Read this article. View his PowerPoint slides shown at the lecture. Read his bio.)
Clips from David Sobel’s presentation, Global Climate Change Meets Ecophobia:
Polar Bear, Global Warming PSA
This brief animation shows how the warm and fuzzy image of polar bears can be used to deliver a harsh message on global warming.
School’s Out: Lessons from a Forest Kindergarten (a film by Lisa Molomot and Rona Richter)
This documentary trailer emphasizes the rich lessons very young children may draw from experiential education in a forest setting.
Terry Ippolito Receives Brandwein Medal
Read more about Terry Ippolito.
Read more about Wendy Goldstein.