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/
Kartikeya Sarabhai Received Brandwein Medal
The 2016 International Brandwein Medal was presented to Kartikeya Sarabhai at the World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, September 1-5. Mr. Sarabhai is one of the world's leading environmental educators and a dedicated community builder as well a an astute and well-regarded industrialist. He is founder and director of India's Centre for Environmental Education, headquartered in Ahmedabad. Mr. Sarabhai was among the founders of the South and Southeast Asian Network for Environmental Education, and he is currently the editor of the Journal of Education for Sustainable Development. See Kartikeya Sarabhai's Bio.
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.