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.
The trails on the Brandwein-Morholt Trust property (Rutgers Creek Wildlife Conservancy) are 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.
Arthur Morris is 2013 Brandwein Lecturer
Arthur Morris, a free-lance nature photographer and writer specializing in birds, will deliver the 2013 Brandwein Lecture, on Saturday, April 13, 11am, at the NSTA Annual meeting in San Antonio. The title of his lecture is “Birds as Art: A Lifetime of Nature and Photography Education.” Arthur taught elementary school in New York City for 23 years. For eight years he conducted the shorebird survey at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge for the International Shorebird Surveys. A gallery exhibit of his work hung at the prestigious Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown, New York, in the summer of 1999. More than 11,000 of his photographs have been published in books and magazines, and more than 100 photo-illustrated feature articles have appeared in a wide variety of publications worldwide. He is a popular lecturer, having presented more than 250 slide programs during the past 15 years. Art now photographs, travels, speaks, and teaches extensively in North America. You can view some of his photographs at www.birdsasart.com.
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.