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Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall

October 7, 2022, 9:30 am TO 4:30 pm
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| Saint Louis Science Center | Free – $14.95

Celebrate the life and work of Dr. Jane Goodall, who braved the unknown to provide a remarkable window into humankind’s closest living relatives – chimpanzees.


On Oct. 7, the Saint Louis Science Center will open Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Jane Goodall, a highly engaging exhibition that allows guests to experience the remarkable story of a pioneer in STEAM. A woman ahead of her time, Dr. Goodall’s story – one of fearless determination, curiosity, the pursuit of knowledge and a passionate love of the natural world – has resonated with generations of people around the globe. Becoming Jane explores Dr. Goodall’s life, from her early years as an intrepid young woman with a dream to learn about animals in Africa to her position as a renowned scientist in Gombe, Tanzania, to her present role as an activist and mentor for creating a better world for life on earth.


As guests enter the exhibition, they embark on a journey to the forests of Tanzania, like 26-year-old Jane did, via a multiscreen experience that introduces Dr. Goodall’s extraordinary work, alongside surprising encounters with virtually rendered chimpanzees. Nearby, a life-size replica of Dr. Goodall’s research tent provides a highly engaging experience where visitors can envision themselves as scientists jotting down observations in their field journals. In addition to an immersive projection of Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park, the exhibition features a variety of interactive augmented reality (AR) activities, including one where visitors can test their skills at matching the “chimp chat” of a chimpanzee.


A makeshift campsite beckons guests to gather around as they hear from a hologram-like projection of Dr. Goodall, who shares her memories of Gombe and recalls her thoughts, feelings, impressions and lessons learned while living among chimpanzees. Guests can also get updates on the current state of Gombe Stream National Park and the chimpanzee range in Africa, along with the work of the innovative scientists and conservationists who are a part of Jane’s vision and work through the Jane Goodall Institute and those following in Dr. Goodall’s footsteps.


The exhibition concludes with a call to action from Dr. Goodall to join her, the Jane Goodall Institute and National Geographic in an effort to ensure a more sustainable future for all. Guests to the exhibition can join Dr. 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.


This is a paid experience.

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