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Tree of Hope

“Every individual matters.  Every Individual has a role to play.
Every individual makes a difference.
-Dr. Jane Goodall

Visitors to the “Becoming Jane” exhibition can join Dr. Jane Goodall in her efforts to conserve the natural world by pledging to make a positive change in their daily routines and contributing to the Tree of Hope.

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See how visitors are pledging to help and learn about protecting our planet.

Pledges to say no to one single-use plastic item a day.


Use Less Plastic

Our ocean is drowning in plastic waste. Some nine million tons of it ends up in the ocean every year and more than 40 percent of plastic is used just once.

Pledges to buy one less item containing unsustainable palm oil a week.


Avoid Palm Oil

Palm oil accounts for one-third of global vegetable oil consumption, and demand for it continues to rise. However, a lot of palm oil is produced in unsustainable ways, leading to the deforestation of critical primate habitats, including the homes of great ape species like chimpanzees and orangutans.

Pledges to take a nature walk and document what they see.


Take a Walk

Taking a walk can help you better understand your environment and introduce you to the species in your community. By learning more about your local species, you’ll become more attuned to nature, both near and far. As Jane Goodall says, “Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help shall all be saved.”

Education Resources

Check out this article, idea set, and media spotlight on Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall sips from a cup as she watches a chimp perched on a line of her tent.

Exhibit Toolkit  

This educator toolkit contains resources for upper elementary and middle school students designed to support a visit to the Becoming Jane exhibition.

A frightened chimpanzee runs away from Jane Goodall in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania.

Be Like Jane: Observing, Conserving, and Communicating

Jane Goodall is a world-famous ethnologist and conservationist. Use these ideas to learn more about the contributions she made to science and those who have continued her work.


Jane Goodall: Reporting from Gombe Stream Game Reserve

Original correspondence from Jane Goodall to the National Geographic Society on the status of her research in September 1962.

Jane Goodall reaches out to an infant chimpanzee in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania.

Jane Goodall

Ethologist and conservationist Jane Goodall redefined what it means to be human and set the standard for how behavioral studies are conducted through her work with wild chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania.


Does Tool Use Define Man?

A key observation Jane Goodall noted while studying at Gombe Stream National Park was that chimpanzees made and used tools. Prior to this discovery, scientists accepted that trait as a definition of humanity.


Banana Thief

The chimpanzees that Jane Goodall began studying stole bananas from her tent. At first, Jane was ecstatic, but she soon learned that feeding the chimps had consequences.