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 enjoy nature and perform field studies. Lesson plans and skill-building activities, aimed at the middle grades level, 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 studies. Sundays at the Preserve, a new program for families, will occur two Sundays this Spring. One program will focus on Birds of Prey and the other on Spring Flowers.
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, 2018. To learn more about the day camp for students grades 1-6 and to register, click here.
NYOEA Receives 2018 Brandwein Medal
The Brandwein Institute will present the Brandwein Medal to the New York Outdoor Education Association on September 22nd at its 50th anniversary conference. The award honors NYOEA for promoting life-long learning about the outdoors and inspiring appreciation of the environment. The conference is being held September 20-23 at the Greenkill YMCA Outdoor Education & Retreat Center, Huguenot, NY. The Brandwein Institute is also sponsoring a speaker and hosting a field trip to the Brandwein Nature Learning Preserve on Saturday and a Hawk Watch on Sunday. For more information and to register for the conference go to https://nysoea.org/ and click on Conference Registration.
Caren Cooper is 2018 Brandwein Lecturer
Caren Cooper will speak at the National Science Teachers Association Annual Conference in Atlanta on March 17, 2018. She is Associate Professor, Forestry and Environmental Resources, Chancellor's Faculty Excellence Program in Leadership in Public Science at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, and Assistant head of the Biodiversity Research Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh. She is author of Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery which is also the title of her lecture. On Twitter, Dr. Cooper (@CoopSciScoop) is founder and moderator of #CitSciChat (panel discussions), @IamCitSci (an account with weekly rotating hosts), and #WhoLaidIt (a natural history game). She is director of research partnerships with SciStarter.com, the largest searchable repository of citizen science projects and the author of over 60 publications. Her lecture will focus on how citizen science can help prepare young people for future STEM career paths, and, as important, to become well-rounded adults in which science is a life-long hobby and a form of civic engagement. See Caren Cooper’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.