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Dear Jane

Write a letter to conservationist Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall writes a letter during a boat ride on Lake Tanganyika from Kigoma to Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania.

Jane Goodall writes a letter during a boat ride on Lake Tanganyika from Kigoma to Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania.

Photograph courtesy of Michael "Nick" Nichols/National Geographic Creative

Dr. Jane Goodall was the first to discover three things about chimpanzees during her work with them in Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania: (1) chimps are omnivores not herbivores, (2) chimps use tools, and (3) chimps make their tools. Jane is also famous for her letters and notes that she took during that time. Below is an archived interim report she wrote in September 1962 to the National Geographic Society. Have your students read this primary resource highlighting Jane’s work, then ask them to write a letter to Jane about something they want to be the first to do.

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My Life with the Chimpanzees

I wanted to learn things that no one else knew, uncover secrets through patient observation.

Photo: Recent photo of Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall

Be Like Jane

Use this primary resource, an interim report written by Jane Goodall to the National Geographic Society in September 1962, from the National Geographic archives to kick off the Dear Jane letter writing campaign in your classroom.
 

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The Dear Jane Letter Writing Campaign

To participate, complete the following steps:

  1. Have your students read the interim report (above) written by Jane Goodall to the National Geographic Society in September 1962.
  2. Next, ask them to write a letter to Jane using the prompt, “Dear Jane, You have inspired me to be the first to...”
  3. Collect student letters and compile them into one document, slide show, or zip file.
  4. Submit the letters on behalf of your students using the yellow icon below.

Submit Student Work

Thank you to everyone who submitted student letters to Dr. Jane Goodall. We are no longer accepting submissions but invite you to check out a few of the submissions we received below. If you submitted letters, keep an eye out for your copy of the film Jane to be mailed to you.

Select Letters

Check out these letters to Dr. Jane Goodall written by students from around the world

Learn More About Jane Goodall

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