CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - March 24, 2008) - Ewire

WHO:    Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, and Roots & Shoots Great Lakes Regional
WHAT:   Anniversary of Roots & Shoots Regional Office and Projects
WHERE:  Richard J. Daley Academy, 5024 South Wolcott Avenue,
        Chicago, IL 60609
WHEN:   MARCH 25, 2008
        2:00-2:45 p.m. - Presentations by Roots & Shoots Groups
                         and Dr. Goodall
        2:50-3:10 p.m. - Press Conference

Dr. Jane Goodall is coming to Chicagoland to celebrate the first anniversary of the Roots & Shoots Great Lakes Regional Office and to laud the community service efforts of Roots & Shoots groups across the Great Lakes region. Attendees at the event will include local dignitaries, the principal of the Richard J. Daley Academy and local Roots & Shoots members from the Chicago area.

Dr. Goodall's visit is an opportunity for Roots & Shoots groups from across the six-state Great Lakes region to showcase their hard work. In Chicagoland alone, Roots & Shoots members have had a significant impact. Some of the highlights over the past year include:

--  An animal welfare club started by Las Casas Occupational High School
--  An Earth Day clean-up at Humbolt Park sponsored by Northside College
    Preparatory High School
--  Anti-violence songs created and performed by the Ray of Hope Center
    for the Arts

Other initiatives of note in the region include formation of the first Roots & Shoots Regional Youth Council in the Great Lakes area, work with homeless youth in Ohio and a partnership with Head Start programs in Michigan.

Since its inception in Tanzania in 1991, the Roots & Shoots program has taken off in small towns and big cities across the globe. There are currently more than 100,000 young people in nearly 100 countries around the world involved in Roots & Shoots. Based on Dr. Goodall's principles of knowledge, compassion and action, the youth-driven projects of Roots & Shoots groups focus on the care of animals, the environment and the human community. More than just an environmental service program, Roots & Shoots members are community leaders that use service-learning projects not only to improve the world around them, but to educate others to create sustainable change. To learn more about Roots & Shoots, please visit

                          Just Added!
               Opportunity to Hear Jane Goodall Speak

WHERE:  Carrie Secrist Gallery, 835 West Washington Blvd.,
        Chicago, IL 60607
WHEN:   March 25, 2008
        6:30-9:00 p.m. – Reception and Book Signing
COST:   $250 per person

Dr. Goodall and the Jane Goodall Institute are hosting an intimate
event at the Carrie Secrist Gallery in downtown Chicago on the evening
of March 25. Guests will have the opportunity to hear Dr. Goodall speak,
ask her questions and have books signed.  For tickets or more
information, please contact Sharon DiChiara at 703-682-9290 or
email at

About the Jane Goodall Institute

Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute continues Dr. Goodall's pioneering research of chimpanzee behavior -- research that transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. Today, the Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and the Roots & Shoots education program, which has groups in almost 100 countries. For more information, please visit

Contact Information: Contact: Garth Katner 312.345.1123 Claire Jones 703.682.9220