Chapter 2 of 29 from Dr. Jane Goodall

Dreams of Africa


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

Topics include: Jane’s Beginning • Falling in Love with Africa • Getting There • A Big Opportunity • Realizing the Opportunity

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

Topics include: Jane’s Beginning • Falling in Love with Africa • Getting There • A Big Opportunity • Realizing the Opportunity

Dr. Jane Goodall

Dr. Jane Goodall Teaches Conservation

In 29 lessons, Dr. Jane Goodall shares her insights into animal intelligence, conservation, and activism.

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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.

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

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

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


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

I have spent my life to live and understand the natural world.This class has not just given me the additional information but has added heat to my passionate fire that I have for conservation.Thank YOU

Dr. Jane Goodall has always been inspiring to me and hearing her speak first hand was a wonderful way to spend the evenings! I would like to learn more about the roots and shoots program and see if I can implement it locally here in my kids school.

Thanks to this MasterClass I've learnt of several new methods of conservation and have began making a more active effort to encourage those around me to help better the environment as well.

Amazing! I feel connected to Dr.Jane on a personal level. I am inspired and I will make a difference!


Maggie B.

Her stories about herself as a young girl has me looking back on my own childhood, and thinking about impactful experiences I had that formed my interests and character.

A fellow student

Getting a deeper understanding of Jane Goodall's life and how she came to study chimpanzees is fascinating and so inspiring. Her mother's supportive influence was such a driving force in her ability to say "yes I can," and go forth with confidence in participating in what she found to be vitally important - the study of animals.

A fellow student

Such humility! I love hearing Jane talk about her background as a combination of influences, rather than an independent, self-righteous journey. Content aside, it's inspiring to hear about Jane's approach to the world and the impact each individual has on it. Excited to hear more!

Nancy C.

Absolutely amazing woman, a real icon. Getting to hear her story is so incredibly inspirational.

t.addison B.

what I appreciate deeply about this and her life force is the conviction of her desires coming to fruition with ease. her unseen belief coupled with knowing an opportunity just lining us. her mother as part of that cooperative component is immeaserable, too.

Belinda M.

Wonderful to hear how Janes passion developed and how lucky she was to have her Mother encourage and nurture her passion. Its almost as if it was meant to be, she had a path to follow!


I learnt a lot from Jane and the people around her from this class. Her mother: She nurtured Jane's interest and wasn't imposing society's expectations on young Jane. She was full of compassion and expressed genuine interest in Jane's findings. Jane: She did not let any barrier come in her way. She took every opportunity that led her closer to her dream. Although we may not start with the ideal conditions, we can always inch closer towards our goal. She was also extremely humble and grateful to people who have helped her along the way. Grateful for this lesson!


We need to Believe in ours dreams, to Believe in it very strongly and to follow our heart ! Confidence in yourself and support are the keys !

A fellow student

What an amazing individual Dr. Jane Goodall is on so many levels. The respect her mother gave her as a child is incredible, we should all be as lucky to be encouraged wholeheartedly at such a young age.

Kathy S.

Dr. Jane Goodall has been my role model since my first time hearing her name and her incredible experience with chimpanzees in Africa. Because of her, I went to Africa, visited 4 countries and had so many amazing memories seeing wild animals. I know I will back there again, hopefully soon. I wish I had an equally supportive mother, but as many Asian parents, she was more focused on me getting A's in all classes, but suppress my interest in animals. Dr. Goodall's story is so inspiring. I wan't wait to hear more from her.


A lot of people ask me, how did it all begin for you? How did you become a scientist? Did you want to become a scientist? And the thing is that my first scientific experiment, my first interaction with animals-- apparently, I don't remember it, but it began when I was 18 months old. My mother came into my room, and she found that I had taken a whole handful of wriggling earthworms to bed with me, and, of course, with the earth as well. And I was so lucky in my mother, because she supported my love, my fascination for animals. So instead of getting mad at me-- ugh, throw those dirty things out-- she very quietly said, "Jane, they need the earth, or they'll die," and we took them back into the garden. But what she said to me, she said, you know, you were looking so intently at those earthworms, and still, you were wondering, how do they move without legs? And the second experience I had with observing animals that I remember really, really clearly was when I was four and 1/2 years old, a little animal-loving girl growing up in London. There aren't so many animals there. There's sparrows and pigeons and dogs and cats. But when I was four and 1/2, my mother took me for a holiday in the country on a farm, a proper farm, a farm where animals roam around in the fields, and hens peck around in the farm yard, not these terrible intensive farms that we get for animals today. And I was given a job to help collect the hens' eggs. So the hens were supposed to lay their eggs in little wooden henhouses, and around the edge were boxes, where they were supposed to lay their eggs. So they would go into the henhouse, go into this little nesting box, and I would go around on the outside and lift up the lid, and if there was an egg, pop it in my basket. Well, I don't remember this, but apparently, I was asking everybody, but here's the egg. I couldn't see a hole on the hen, where that egg would come out, and I was asking everybody, where does the egg come out of the hen? And nobody told me to my satisfaction. So what I remember vividly is seeing this hen. She was brown, and she was going into one of these henhouses. And I must've thought, well, she's going to lay an egg, so I crawled in after her. Hm, big mistake. She flew out, squawking, I suppose with fear. And again, in my little four and 1/2 year old mind, I must have thought, no hen will lay an egg here. It's a frightening place. And by now, of course, I'm on the path to discovery, and I'm not going to give up. So I went into an empty henhouse and hid in the corner and waited and waited and waited, which was fine for me. But my poor family didn't know where I was. They were searching. It was getting late. I was apparently gone four hours. And finally, my poor mother sees this little girl rushing towards the house, and instead of getting mad at me-- how dare you go off without telling us? ...