Dr. Jane GoodallTeaches Conservation

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Dr. Jane GoodallTeaches Conservation

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“There is still a window of time. Nature can win if we give her a chance.” In her first ever online class, Dr. Jane Goodall teaches how you can conserve the environment. She also shares her research on the behavioral patterns of chimpanzees and what they taught her about conservation. You’ll learn how to “act locally” and protect the planet.

29 Video Lessons

Watch, listen, and learn as legendary naturalist Dr. Jane Goodall shares decades of her work and observations.

CLASS WORKBOOK

A downloadable workbook with lesson recaps is available in two versions: one for adults and one for families.

OFFICE HOURS

Upload videos to get feedback from the class. Jane will also critique select student work.

Lesson Plan

  • 01

    Introduction

    Meet Dr. Jane. She's one of the most accomplished scientists and conservationists of our time. And now, she's your instructor.

  • 02

    Dreams of Africa

    Learn how Dr. Jane's childhood aspirations took her from England's seaside to the forests of Africa.

  • 03

    The Breakthrough

    Dr. Jane explains the challenges she faced during her initial work in Gombe and how she arrived at the one breakthrough that changed everything.

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    • 04

      Chimpanzee Behavior

      Dr. Jane goes into depth about how she studied complex behaviors in chimpanzees, including their usage of tools.

    • 05

      Chimpanzee Behavior (Cont'd)

      Dr. Jane’s discoveries weren’t all happy. Find out how she uncovered the darker side of our closest relatives.

    • 06

      Chimpanzee Development & Learning

      Hear about the family bonds and infant development that Dr. Jane discovered while observing chimp families.

    • 07

      Animal Intelligence

      Dr. Jane teaches you some of the incredible secrets she’s uncovered about the intelligence of the animal and plant kingdoms, from chimps to trees.

    • 08

      Chimps & Humans

      According to Dr. Jane, there’s never been a more exciting time to study animal science. Hear how much she has learned about the remarkable similarities between chimps and humans and how much is still left to be uncovered.

    • 09

      Chimps & Humans (Cont'd)

      After observing the similarities between chimps and humans, Dr. Jane believes that emotion plays an important role in science and that human beings might not be the only animal to display spiritual behavior.

    • 10

      Humans & The Environment

      Learn about the moment Dr. Jane turned from scientist to activist, and how she uncovered many problems facing chimps and humans.

    • 11

      Humans & The Environment (Cont'd)

      Dr. Jane shares the three main problems challenging the health of our planet and explains how we mustn't lose hope in the face of these seemingly impossible problems.

    • 12

      Threats to Animals

      The problems facing humans and animals are all interconnected. Learn how conflicts between humans and animals threaten both species.

    • 13

      Animal Cruelty

      Dr. Jane has observed many forms of animal cruelty. Here, she relates some of them in order to shed light on the problem and teach us how to give animals the respect they deserve.

    • 14

      Climate Change

      Learn about the many kinds of waste we release into the environment and the effects they have on our interconnected world.

    • 15

      Water

      Water is one of our most precious resources. And yet, Dr. Jane says we take it for granted. Here’s how we should think about water before it's too late.

    • 16

      Land

      The destruction of forests is especially painful to Dr. Jane because of the emotional connection she has with trees. Learn about these incredible plants and the far-reaching effects of destroying forests.

    • 17

      Industrial Agriculture

      The need to grow copious amounts of food to keep up with human population growth is harming our planet and our society, as Dr. Jane explains.

    • 18

      Organic Farming

      There is hope to combat the negative effects of industrial agriculture. Learn how organic farming helps restore forests, attract wildlife, and produce healthier and better tasting food.

    • 19

      Food As Activism

      You can become an activist today by choosing what you buy and what you eat. Learn how changing some small habits in your food consumption can have far-reaching effects on our environment.

    • 20

      Advocacy Strategies

      It's easy to feel hopeless in the face of problems. But Dr. Jane teaches you the many ways you can help, and how we should think—and act—locally.

    • 21

      Communication

      Dr. Jane is one of the best storytellers in the world. Learn her techniques for communicating effectively with anyone—even if that person doesn’t share your point of view.

    • 22

      Communication (Cont'd)

      Dr. Jane shares her tips for making presentations fun for her audiences - and for herself.

    • 23

      Opening a Dialogue

      See how Dr. Jane communicates with climate change skeptics and companies who are harming animals.

    • 24

      The Next Generation

      We are on a downward path towards creating a planet that will no longer support human life. But Dr. Jane believes there is still hope for saving Earth, especially in young people.

    • 25

      Making Global Change

      Dr. Jane discusses the Jane Goodall Institute’s TACARE initiative, which gives local communities in Tanzania the tools they need to manage resources for long-term growth and sustainability.

    • 26

      Roots & Shoots

      An introduction to the origins of the Roots & Shoots program.

    • 27

      Roots & Shoots (Cont'd)

      Learn the basic tenets of Roots & Shoots—and the meaning behind its name.

    • 28

      Reasons for Hope

      Dr. Jane contends that there are four main reasons for hope: the energy of youth, the power of the human brain, the resilience of nature, and the power of social media.

  • 29

    Reasons for Hope (Cont'd)

    Dr. Jane ends her MasterClass by reminding us that our work has just begun—and that our greatest tool for creating change is the one that we all share: the indomitable human spirit.

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Dr. Jane Goodall

Teaches Conservation

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