WHAT'S NEW & WHAT'S COMING UP

  • Dean with elephant

    Driving down the road in Uganda, Dean came across this African Elephant. How cool is that? Better than seeing a cow. Nothing against cows, but an elephant! Going on African Safaris is such a great way to see wild animals.

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  • Dean with James Marshall

    While on safari in Uganda Africa, Dean unexpectedly meets James Marshall, a 10 year old student who remembers his visit to his school three years ago in Arkansas. On top of that, James is traveling around the world with his parents for seven months!

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  • Dean on the back of a motorcycle in Uganda

    Dean experiences an adventure ride in Kampala, Uganda on the back of a boda-boda. Sometimes to learn and grow we must get outside our comfort zone, or box. Riding on the back of a motorcycle weaving through traffic definitely did that for Dean.

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  • Video of Dean at Ballard Schools

    Dean visited the Ballard School District in Iowa and was interviewed and filmed for a documentary, sponsored by Huxley Communcations. This candid documentary gives viewers a glimpse into what drives Dean and how his educational presentations inspire students.

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  • Dean photographing Mount Fitz Roy in Argentina

    Three weeks sounded like a considerable amount of time to see a country, but Argentina is the 8th largest country in the world. It is very roomy here, lots of extra space. However, my allotted time would only allow me to scratch the surface...

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  • Available for iPad

    Wondrous Creatures is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iPad, and with iTunes on your computer!

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  • students in awe

    Dean's happy to announce his new school program, "The Wondrous Mississippi!" If you don't have an author visit set for the 2015-16 school year, Dean would love to be considered. As a biologist, author and world traveler, Dean invites you to bring him in to explore the world of wonder – and the wonder of self.

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  • For a group of about 150 Fremont students from Grant and Washington elementary schools, Friday offered a unique learning opportunity to develop observation and writing skills as students, teachers and administrators joined local author and world traveler Dean Jacobs at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha.

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DEAN'S INSPIRING & EMPOWERING OTHERS

  • Dean planting tree

    Dean has been busy sharing his message in his home state of Nebraska. Sharing the season with Henry Winkler, Robert Edsel and Anna Quindlen, Dean was a guest speaker for the prestigious Omaha Town Hall Lecture Series. One week later, he was hosted by the Wayne State College Explorers Club to present on his experiences in the Amazon. While there, he was invited by the Wayne State Student African Association to help plant a tree and say a few words in honor of Nelson Mandela. Anytime there's an opportunity to inspire, Dean will!

    Dean at reception table

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  • male lion in tree

    It’s a long journey to the continent of Africa from Nebraska, but like many things magical, so worth the effort.

    Six years had passed since I last bounced down the rough and often red dusty roads of Rwanda. It’s a ride often described by the locals as the African massage. Since my last visit, memories of my time working for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International as a field correspondent had remained in my heart and in the sharing of that adventure with students.

    I was long overdue to revisit this special place that generally only headlines in the news with war and things like Ebola. And while it can be a challenging place to explore, the awaiting experiences are second to none.

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  • student holding small monkey

    The never-ending green canopy of the Amazon Rainforest was a familiar view as our plane circled the village below. We were preparing to land and our circling plane was intended to be both visible and audio communication to those below to clear the runway.

    The Achuar village of Chicherat has a dirt airstrip that is partially covered in grass. The airstrip was our access point to the village of Tiinkias, a community I have visited many times. Now, 14 students from the Sigma Phi Epsilon (Sig Ep) fraternity at the University of Nebraska were my companions.

    Nate Kuda, one of the students, sat behind me with a big smile on his face that was plastered to the window.

    “This is my first experience in a small plane,” Kuda said.

    It was clear by the expression on his face that he was enjoying the journey.

    This was the second year the fraternity brothers had asked me to lead them on a life-changing journey. One of my main goals always is to create a framework that allows the students to have an authentic experience with the extraordinary people who call the rain forest home.

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    students repairing walkway

  • child listening to presentation

    Dean's mission is to inspire people to dream and his first course of action is to positively influence our children - our future. This video provides a glimpse into how Dean educates and empowers them to create a good life.

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    Dean with Achuar students

    Dean with some of his Achuar friends.

    Achuar kids playing soccer

    Achuar children enjoying a spirited game of soccer.

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