Schedule of Dr. Jane Goodall’s April 7 visit to UMass Dartmouth

Details regarding Green Fair, Essay Contest, Eco-Float parade, and public lecture

Jane Goodall
Dr. Jane Goodall will bring her audience into the world of the Gombe chimpanzees―from her early observations and experiences to the latest news and stories from the field.

World-renowned ethologist, conservationist and UN Messenger of Peace Dr. Jane Goodall will visit UMass Dartmouth on Thursday, April 7, 2016. Dr. Jane Goodall is best known for her landmark study of chimpanzee behavior in what is now Tanzania beginning 55 years ago. Through her work at Gombe Stream she redefined the relationship between humans and animals, shedding light onto the little known world of wild chimpanzees.

Green Fair

Time: 4–5:30 p.m.

Location: UMass Dartmouth Claire T. Carney Library Living Room

UMass Dartmouth will host 20-plus groups, organizations, and individuals to participate in a fair showcasing various sustainability and eco-friendly projects from throughout the region. Participants include UMass Dartmouth’s Engineers Without Borders Chapter, Our Sisters’ School, the Roger Williams Park Zoo, the Marion Institute, and students from Seekonk High School.

Essay Winners dinner with Dr. Jane Goodall

Time: 5:00–5:30 p.m.

UMass Dartmouth, in partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute, selected two essay contest winners at the elementary, middle school, high school and college levels to have dinner with Dr. Jane Goodall on the evening of April 7, prior to her public talk on campus. The dinner is closed to media.

Roots & Shoots video screening for Green Fair participants

Time: 5:30–6 p.m.

Location: UMass Dartmouth Main Auditorium

Participants from the Green Fair will head to the Main Auditorium for a video screening of Dr. Jane Goodall describing the Roots & Shoots initiative. Dr. Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is the youth-led community action and learning program of the Jane Goodall Institute. The program builds on the legacy and vision of Dr. Jane Goodall to place the power and responsibility for creating community-based solutions to big challenges in the hands of the young people

Eco-Float Parade across the Campus Quad (Weather permitting)

Time: 6:35–6:55 pm

An interactive parade featuring floats and displays paying designed by various groups will lead Dr. Jane Goodall across campus to the public lecture. Participants in the Eco-Float Parade include the New Bedford Parks & Recreation Department, students from Hayden-McFadden School, students from UMass Dartmouth’s MassPIRG Chapter, New Bedford Boys & Girls Club, Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, and Morton Middle School. 

Lecture by Dr. Jane Goodall

Time: 7–8 p.m. 

Location: UMass Dartmouth Tripp Athletic Center

In her speech, Gombe & Beyond, Dr. Jane Goodall will bring her audience into the world of the Gombe chimpanzees―from her early observations and experiences to the latest news and stories from the field. She will also share her latest publication, Seeds of Hope, which examines the world of plants, exploring interesting anomalies about the natural world and how people can protect the planet.

Book Signing with Dr. Jane Goodall

Time: 8-9 p.m.

Location: Tripp Athletic Center

Important details for media:

  • A media availability with Dr. Jane Goodall is scheduled for April 7, 4:45-5 p.m. at the Claire T. Carney Library Stoico/FIRSTFED Charitable Foundation Grand Reading Room.
  • If you plan on participating in the availability, contact Joe Sullivan (508-542-6919) or John Hoey (508-264-5920).
  • Participation in the availability via phone is available
  • The event organizers ask that flash photography and recording during the 7 p.m. lecture be kept to the first three minutes of the lecture.
  • Media are welcome to cover the Green Fair and Eco-Float parade in addition to Dr. Jane Goodall’s 7 p.m. lecture. The dinner with essay contest winners is closed to media.
  • All media planning to cover the visit are asked to clearly display proper media credentials.
  • UMass Dartmouth will be streaming the debate live at, beginning promptly at 7 p.m.
  • Media members covering the debate should park in lot 7. Campus map.









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