The Inaugural 2016 Galapagos adventure was a big success! Everyone had a spectacular time. This could be you next year! The dates have been set for Nov. 14 - 21, 2017. Contact Dean about saving your spot for this amazing journey.
Since July 8 Dean and friends have been exploring the state of Nebraska and documenting its wonders - all to share with schools throughout the state. There will be more details to come as this project evolves, so stay tuned.
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!
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.
"Dream big, live tall, making the world better," third-grade students chanted at Colorado Elementary. Dean visited the school to tell children about his adventures — he has traveled to more than 50 countries — and encourage them to follow their dreams.
"The kids get it, they get what he's talking about, about making the world a better place through living tall and dreaming big," said Jill Goldesberry, the program officer for community partnerships at The Stanley Foundation. The Stanley Foundation has been sponsoring Jacobs's visits to various Muscatine schools for about four years.
Jacobs spoke to the Colorado Elementary student body, then moved into classrooms for a writing workshop.
"I've backpacked through 58 countries around the world, so I come in and I bring the world to these kids and I share it with them in a way that inspires them to dream," he said. "And be engaged with the world versus be afraid."
Dean had the opportunity to speak about the importance of fantasy and dreams for Creative Mornings Omaha. He started the day explaining that fantasy gets a bad rap and it is often the stardust that ignites our imagination to what’s possible. Check out the video and be inspired.
You know you're making a difference when a student takes the time to write...
"Hi Dean! About five years ago you came to my elementary school to teach us about your trip to the Amazon and to lead a writing workshop. Before I continue with this message, you should know that you have impacted my life so much. Things you taught us still remain with me today. I am no longer scared to push myself. I am no longer feared by what is beyond. After participating in your workshop, I would love to pursue my dreams and become an author. Dean, if there is ever a time when you’re feeling down about something, I want you to remember me because just as I was about to put the pencil and paper down, you made me pick it up and keep writing. I can’t thank you enough for that. Once again, thank you for taking the time to share your incredible adventures and life lessons with me at such a young age, that I still hold on to today!"
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!