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, 2017. To learn more about the day camp for students grades 1-6 and to register, click here.
Robert Bateman Received the Brandwein Medal
Artist and naturalist Robert Bateman received 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 presented 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.
Emma Marris is 2017 Brandwein Lecturer
Emma Marris, nature writer and reporter, spoke at the National Science Teachers Association Annual Meeting on April 1 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 discussed how nearby nature and overlooked wild corners in urban and suburban spaces can be used to connect students to nature. Marris made 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/
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.