Brandwein Institute Programs

The Brandwein Medal

The Brandwein Medal, established in 2006, is bestowed upon individuals and/or organizations whose focus is in keeping with Paul and Mary Brandwein’s commitment to education, life-long learning, nature, and community. The awardee receives a Bronze Medallion engraved with the likeness of Paul Brandwein.



Robert Bateman, Brandwein Medal 2017

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.

Kartikeya Sarabhai Received 2016 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.

Park Directors Receive Brandwein Medals at ING Summit

Alan Latourelle, Nik Lopoukhine, Jon Jarvis, and Jack Padalino at ING Summit Brandwein Medal ceremony.The Brandwein Institute bestowed its highest award, the International Brandwein Medal, to Alan Latourelle and Jonathan B. Jarvis at the Inspiring a New Generation North American Summit in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, on November 7, 2015.Nikita Lopoukhine, Chair Emeritus, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas, presented the Medal to Alan Latourelle, CEO (retired), Parks Canada.  Alan was selected for his dedicated work in protecting the special places of our planet and inspiring new generations of people to experience, embrace, and love nature firsthand.  Read the press release.

Nikita Lopoukhine Received Brandwein Medal at IUCN-World Parks Congress

Nik LopoukhineNik Lopoukhine, Chair Emeritus, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas, received the Brandwein Medal at the IUCN-World Parks Congress at the Inspiring a New generation Stream Closing Session on November 18, 2014. The award was given in recognition of Nik’s lifetime work in protecting the special places of the planet and inspiring new generations of people to experience, embrace, and love nature firsthand. Read Nik’s Bio. Read Press Release.  Read Nik's opinion piece "Top 10 issues an environmentally responsible party needs to address in the next election."


Dick Arnold 

Richard Arnold Received the  Brandwein Medal at NSTA Annual Meeting

Richard (Dick) Arnold, formerly a scientist with the Soil Conservation Service, received the Brandwein Medal at the NSTA Annual Meeting in Chicago. The award was presented at the Brandwein Lecture on March 14, 2015. Dr. Arnold was honored for his years of being a world leader in soil science pedagogy and an inspiration to young people to get involved in conservation efforts.  Read Dick’s Bio.


Terry IppolitoTeresa (Terry) Ippolito was awarded a Brandwein Medal, at the Brandwein Nature Learning Preserve Dedication Ceremony on October 8. 2012, Terry has recently retired as the EPA Environmental Coordinator for New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In her EPA capacity, Terry coordinated EPA’s programming in environmental education which included administering the agency Environmental Education Grants Program in the region.  Read more about Terry Ippolito.

Wendy GoldsteinWendy 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 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.

Bill Aldridge
Bill Aldridge received the 2012 Brandwein Medal for his lifetime achievement in promoting science education and teacher professionalism.
Bill served as NSTA Executive Director from 1980-1995. Under his leadership, many programs, including Toyota Tapestry, were implemented to benefit science educators. Prior to coming to NSTA, he served as a program officer at the National Foundation for three years. Bill is the author of numerous textbooks, monographs, and published papers. He has an M.S. in evaluation and an M.S. in physics from the University of Kansas and MEd in science education from Harvard University. In 1995, NASA awarded Bill its Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest honor NASA awards to a non-NASA individual.


Jerry SchierlohJerry Schierloh was the recipient of the 2010 Brandwein Medal, presented at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Brandwein Nature Learning Preserve. Jerry is an environmental education professional who retired in 1999 from a 32-year career as Associate Professor of Environmental Studies with the New Jersey School of Conservation, Montclair State University. He has designed a system of trails for the Brandwein Nature Learning Preserve and is currently working with the Brandwein Institute Board of Directors to plan and complete construction of the site. Learn more about Jerry Schierloh's professional experiences and qualifications.


Dan Bisaccio2009: Dan Bisaccio, 1997 Brandwein Fellow, received a 2009 Brandwein Medal, presented at the Brandwein Lecture, March 21, at the NSTA Annual Meeting in New Orleans.After spending many years as a high school teacher, Dan now directs Secondary Science Education at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.  Dan is recognized for his ongoing field research studies in biodiversity. Read more.

Katalin Czippan2008: Katalin Czippan, Programme Leader in the Sustainable Development Programme Office at Eötvös Lorand University (ELTE), Budapest, Hungary, received a Brandwein Medal on October 10, 2008, at the World Conservation Conference in Barcelona, Spain. Ms. Czippan received the award for her pioneering efforts in conservation and nature education in the newly emerging democracies in Central and Eastern Europe.  Read more.

Toyota logo2008: Toyota received a Brandwein Medal for its corporate commitment to sound environmental practices through its sponsorship of the Toyota Tapestry program, the Brandwein Summer Leadership Institutes, and numerous other environmentally-friendly programs throughout the country. Rhonda Glasscock, Corporate Communications Manager, Toyota Motor Sales, accepted the Medal at the Brandwein Lecture at the NSTA Annual Meeting in Boston on March 29, 2008.

Rodger Bybee2008: Rodger Bybee, former Executive Director of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Studies (BSCS), was a leader in the development of the National Science Education Standards and served as chair for the content working group. Dr. Bybee received the Brandwein Medal at the NSTA Annual Meeting in Boston on March 29, 2008, for his lifetime achievement in furthering conservation education.

David Brown2007: David Brown, 2001 Brandwein Fellow and fifth-grade teacher, Baldwin Intermediate School-West, Quincy, Illinois, was selected to receive the Institute’s first Brandwein Medal. The directors awarded the first Medal to a practicing elementary educator who has exemplified outstanding achievement in engaging students in conservation and outdoor learning. Mr. Brown received the award at the Brandwein Lecture at the National Science Teachers Association Annual Meeting in St. Louis, on March 31, 2007. Read more.