To our Brandwein Institute family,

CoVid19 — Corona virus: As of March 16th, the Brandwein Institute is postponing our weekend programs and visitation to the Brandwein Nature Learning Preserve due to our abundance of caution. This postponement will include all activities from today through May 30th. At that time we will reassess and determine if we can reopen and reschedule our BNLP programing and site visitation for the remainder of 2020. Thank you for your patience. Please keep checking our social media sites for updates.

Again, to all our Brandwein Institute Community please stay safe, practicing social distancing, and wash your hands.

Thanks for your patience,

Keith Wheeler
President, Brandwein Institute

Download an 11X17 Poster of the 2020 Brandwein Institute Calendar here

Sundays – Kids in Nature (K.I.N) Club

led by Naturalist Sara Mayes

Join our K.I.N. Club for 8 afternoons of playful outdoor exploration and creative discovery! The last Sunday of each month, April – November from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm, each session will feature hands-on activities including hikes, games, crafts, and stories. A special award will be given to each child that attends all 8 sessions! This program series is for elementary-aged children accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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APRIL 26 – Nature Detectives
MAY 31 – Fabulous Feathers
JUNE 28 – Nature’s Neighborhoods
JULY 26 – Summer Sizzle
AUGUST 30 – Mini-Beast Safari
SEPTEMBER 27 – Time Travelers
OCTOBER 25 – Leaf it to Us
NOVEMBER 29 – It’s Snow Time


Sundays – Search for Eagles

led by Jack Padalino

Brandwein Institute -Search for Eagles. Travel by personal car caravan to:

  • Hawk’s Nest Overlook
  • Upper Delaware Scenic River
  • Mongaup Eagle Observation Blind
  • Rio Reservoir
  • Lackawaxen River

Feb 9, 2020 – 12:00 – 4:00PM
Mar 8, 2020 – 12:00 – 4:00PM
Dec. 13, 2020 – 12:00 – 4:00PM

****Meeting point will the North Entrance of Delaware Water Gap Parking Area on RT 209 (just south of Milford Bridge Toll Plaza)****

Advanced registration required:

Contact Jack Padalino by phone or email
Phone: 845.325.0536 or

See reports of past trips here.


Saturdays – A Story and A Stroll

led by Naturalist Sara Mayes

Enjoy nature with your little one the 3rd Saturday of each month May – November, 10:00 am to 11:30 am. Bring your child or grandchild (toddler to age 4) for a nature-themed storytime followed by a wonder-filled walk through the preserve which coordinates with the story’s topic. Our beautiful trails are easily walkable and all-terrain urban stroller friendly.

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MAY 16 – Little Cloud by Eric Carle
JUNE 20 – The Remarkable Egg by Adelaide Holl
JULY 18 – Inch by Leo Lionni
AUGUST 15 – Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni
SEPTEMBER 19 – Nuts to You by Lois Ehlert
OCTOBER 17 – Fall Leaves Fall by Zoe Hall
NOVEMBER 21 – Frederick by Leo Lionni


Brandwein Institute Summer Science Program

9:00AM-3:00PM at BNLP
led by Kasey Stankunas

July 13 to 17 – Summer Science Day Program – week 1
July 20 to 24 – Summer Science Day Program – week 2

Hands-on field based nature and science education for grades 1-6

Scientist-in-Training hands-on Research for grades 7 – 9.

Limited enrollment – register early

See more details here.

Grades 1-6 and 7-9
$150 for 1 week, $225 for 2 weeks
Discounts for more than 1 child in family

Advanced registration required:


Brandwein Sunday at the Preserve Events

FEB 23 – GeoCaching – A Puzzle Solving Sunday – (gathering at the Morholt House 400 Minisink Turnpike) – Kevin DeVizia – 10AM-11:45 AM
APRIL 19 – Annual Preserve Clean-up sponsored by the Tri-State Geocaching Club – Lunch provided – Kevin Devizia 9:30AM -12:00PM
MAY 3Neotropical Migrants: Birds of the Rainforest in New York! Did you know that rainforest birds spend part of their year in New York?  On a trail walk through the Brandwein preserve we’ll seek to find these jewels of the forest and learn about their lives!
Tom Miller – 1PM – 3 PM
JUNE 7 – Art in Nature. Be inspired by a relaxing walk through the preserve in search of seasonal colors, natural patterns, shapes, and textures. Then, relax and enjoy creating works on paper using colored pencils and watercolor paints. For ages 7 and older.
Sara Mayes – 1 – 3 PM
JUNE 14 – Close Encounters with Birds of Prey– Delaware Valley Raptors – join the Delaware Valley Raptor Center for a program on local birds of prey. We’ll learn about how these masters of the skies live and survive. The show includes several live (rehabilitated) raptors. Bill Streeter 1:00-2:30 PM

AUGUST 16 – Mothing Party. Black-lights, bananas, and beer, oh my! When the summer sun sets and the butterflies go to sleep, the late-night Lepidoptera come out to play. Many people think of moths as drab little things but their beauty and diversity will amaze you! Come learn simple techniques for attracting and observing moths. Bring a flashlight!- Sara Mayes – 7 – 9 PM
AUGUST 23 – Trails at Twilight. Twilight is a magical time of transition at the preserve. Join us for a guided exploration of our trails as nature settles into evening. Discover how to develop your awareness outdoors after dark and find out how nocturnal animals are specially adapted for life at night.
Sara Mayes – 7– 9 PM
SEPTEMBER 13 – Be a Rockhound (Introduction to Rock Collecting) – Crystals! Fossils! Fluorescents! Rock collecting is a fun, interesting and easy hobby! During this hands-on program, participants will visit seven interactive displays of various rocks and minerals that we hope will inspire you to start your own collection. For ages 5 and older –
Sara Mayes – 1 – 3 PM

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