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.
Dean will be leading a trip to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador Dec. 6-13. Travelers will live aboard the sailing yacht, the Samba, for 8 days. Dean will conduct a photography workshop during the trip to help travelers best capture the beauty and wildlife of the islands. This trip is currently full, but stay tuned for future trip opportunities!
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.
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!
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.