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I care to live only to entice people to look at nature. ~ John Muir     

   3199 W Cedar St
   Hessel, MI  49745
   (269) 343-1886

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Sarah & Wil Reding
Wil is a Certified Heritage Interpreter, certified by
the National Association for Interpretation.

Jane Goodall’s Africa
Through Our Eyes
Dr. Jane Goodall wanted a "Hands-on" environmental room for the people of Kigoma, Africa. The next thing we knew, we were on our way! This is our story!
In 2001, as representatives of the Kalamazoo Nature Center and guests of Dr. Jane Goodall, we traveled to Kigoma, Tanzania, which is found on the shore of Lake Tanganyika in Africa.
We were to meet with the JGI staff in Kigoma, a fishing village of 53,000 people. Dr. Jane had asked us to design a "Hands-on" room for her, to be used in Kigoma for the people of the area, not tourist. This room would enable the local people to understand their ecological heritage and their relationship to it. Part of this time was spent in Kigoma, the Gombe Stream Reserve and on Safari in that part of Africa.
A secondary aspect of that trip was meeting a Japhet Jonas, a student of Dr. Jane's Roots and Shoots program and realizing his potential. As time passed for Japhet this is what happened: a trip to the states, then back home in Tanzania for a three year degree program in Wild Life management and now working for JGI in Arusha Tanzania. We spend a week working and learning with him in the new JGI office in Arusha in 2008. Another piece of the experience!
Through the use of media and personal experiences, come feel the Africa of Dr. Jane. Our experience covers the yin and the yang of Africa. The Redings would like to share their experiences, their thoughts and their encounters in Jane Goodall's Africa!
Fee: A one hour program will be available for a fee of $300, plus transportation and living expenses (if needed).