Walter Bogan and Talbert Spence will each receive a Brandwein Medal in October 2022 at the Brandwein Nature Learning Preserve in Unionville, New York. The Medals are awarded in recognition of their work to inspire new generations, regardless of age, to experience, embrace and love nature firsthand. Their leadership has reached millions of people, especially the young, inspiring them to take environmental action.
Walter Bogan began his career as a science teacher and later became Executive Director of the Scientists’ Institute for Public Information in Manhattan. He was the first director of the Office of Environmental Education in Washington, D.C. In 1980, he moved to the American Association for the Advancement of Science AAAS where he developed a Center for Education on Global Climate Change. In 1997, he became Director of Education for University Heights Science Park.
Talbert B. Spence has had a long career in leadership positions and professional relationships to advocate for sustainable public understanding of science programs and the natural world. He began as a science teacher in the Toledo Public Schools and served in high-level positions on the staffs of numerous universities and NGOs including the State University of New York, the University of Michigan, National Audubon Society, New York Academy of Sciences, and American Museum of Natural History.