Dean's happy to announce his new school program, "The Wondrous Mississippi!" If you don't have an author visit set for the 2014-15 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.
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.
An educational experience that began nearly a year ago and logged thousands of miles over land, water and through the air came full circle Wednesday as Dean shared with students his adventures along the Mississippi River.
Dean spoke to Fremont students prior to his Wondrous Mississippi voyage focusing on his explorations of the Amazon and Nile rivers and compared those to what he might find on the Mississippi. While on his journey down the Mississippi, Jacobs Skyped with classes and now he’s making his way around to Fremont’s elementary schools presenting what he learned and experienced.
“Welcome to Ecuador,” I announced to 11 people as they walked through the door of the customs area in the Quito airport.
For several years, I have been asked if I would ever lead a trip abroad. This idea has held limited appeal; I like the freedom to move. I’m comfortable taking risks with my own life, not with others.
With persistence, the students of Sig Ep Fraternity from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln pursued the idea of having me lead them on a journey. Nine active members, one alum and one chaperon were now my traveling companions.
I agreed to this trip under three conditions: first, I am not a babysitter; second, understand this is not a trip to the Henry Doorly Zoo rainforest exhibit; and third, and most important, come with the attitude to give.
During my trip on Enrichment Voyages' MV Explorer this past December, I asked a few people to write down their dream for 2014.
It was a fun exercise that gave me the opportunity to connect with people and more importantly, a chance for them to express to the world something important.