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Celebration of the United Nations International Day of Peace 2018 with Dr. Jane Goodall

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Join us for a celebration of the United Nations International Day of Peace, presented in partnership with animal conservation icon and UN Messenger of Peace Dr. Jane Goodall and the Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots & Shoots program.

Founded in 1991 by Dr. Jane Goodall, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is a youth service program for young people of all ages. The goal of Roots & Shoots is to foster respect and compassion for all living things, to promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs, and to inspire each individual to take action to make the world a better place for people, other animals, and the environment. Every September, Roots & Shoots youth groups gather to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace.

This year, we’re honored to host Dr. Goodall and local youth from Roots & Shoots groups for the International Day of Peace at the L.A. Zoo, featuring a Peace Initiative project expo, Peace Day parade, live entertainment, and a message of peace from Dr. Goodall herself in our World of Birds Theater. Guests may view a simulcast of the lecture at other locations within the Zoo free of supplemental charge, subject to capacity.

PLEASE NOTE: Remote live viewing of Jane Goodall’s presentation is available free with Zoo admission via jumbotron in front of the World of Birds Theater and at Treetops Terrace. Subject to capacity.

What is a “Peace Initiative”? Any group project that encourages better relationships between individuals, a greater understanding of different cultures, and a more balanced coexistence among people, animals, and the environment.

Schedule of Events

Roots & Shoots Community Service Projects Expo

10 to 11:30 a.m., Treetops Terrace

Local Roots & Shoots groups will present their Peace Initiatives for the year— sharing their processes, triumphs, and insights.  Come explore and get inspired to make a positive difference in your world.

Included with Zoo admission

Dove Parade

12:45 p.m., Starting at Treetops Terrace

Join Roots & Shoots members and a dozen large-scale Peace Dove puppets crafted from recycled materials in a parade from Treetops Terrace to the stage in front of the Angela Collier World of Birds Theater. There, enjoy live music from Andy & Renee and video messages from Roots & Shoots groups around the globe.

Included with Zoo admission

Hear Dr. Jane Goodall’s Message of Peace

2 p.m., Angela Collier World of Birds Theater

Dr. Goodall has been a UN Messenger of Peace since 2002 and she inspires us all to live in harmony with nature and each other. Join us to hear Jane’s message of peace in a culmination of the day’s festivities.

“We celebrate all that is free and noble in the human spirit.” —Jane Goodall

Separate ticket required*

Remote live viewing of Jane Goodall’s presentation is available free with Zoo admission via jumbotron in front of the World of Birds Theater and at Treetops Terrace. Subject to capacity.

*Advance online ticket purchase required for all ages. Seating is outdoors, on bleachers and is not assigned. Only ticketholders will be admitted to Dr. Jane Goodall’s presentation. Separate Zoo admission ticket is required to attend the talk and is not included in this ticket. Admission tickets can be purchased here. No refunds on admission tickets and seating for this event is extremely limited— please purchase your ticket to the talk before purchasing admission tickets.

With the Peace Doves, we remind everyone of the truth they sometimes forget— that peace is possible.  We celebrate all that is free and noble in the human spirit. And we celebrate all that so many people have done throughout the year and will do next year to create a better world.

—Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, UN Messenger of Peace and Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute

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