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jane goodall institute
marstel dayDr. Jane Goodall says that “young people—when informed and empowered, when they realize that what they do truly makes a difference—can indeed change the world. They are changing it already.” With this message, the world-renowned Jane Goodall Institute partnered with local environmental consulting firm, Marstel-Day, and Fredericksburg’s Hugh Mercer Elementary School to launch the inclusion of wildlife conservation as a core area in the elementary school’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum, as of the 2015-2016 academic year.

The event taught the school’s kindergarten through second grade students about chimpanzees, wildlife conservation, and the Institute’s community conservation and environmental education programs. The activities included having the students perform “chimpanzee yoga” to spell the word “chimp,” listening to the sounds of chimp vocalizations (known as “pant-hoots”) and having the student repeat these sounds, and watching a personalized video message recorded by Dr. Jane Goodall.

“Saving nature is our top priority,” says Marstel-Day’s President and CEO Rebecca R. Rubin. “Marstel-Day is very proud to stand with the remarkable Jane Goodall Institute and Hugh Mercer Elementary School in inspiring our kids about wildlife conservation as part of our #StandWithWildlife campaign.”

Michele Phillips, a gifted resource teacher at Hugh Mercer, is one of the staff members incorporating the Institute’s Roots and Shoots program into their current STEM and conservation lessons. Other outside funding sources have allowed for STEM classes to be offered at Hugh Mercer; Marstel-Day and the Institute’s Roots & Shoots program provide additional support to Hugh Mercer staff so more teachers can incorporate conservation into their STEM programs.
Marstel-Day is an environmental consulting company based in Fredericksburg, Virginia, that offers a variety of innovative solutions to business, government, and nonprofit clients.


#StandwithWildlife Campaign

#StandwithWildlife is a lecture series that highlights critical habitat and wildlife issues facing our world today. Speakers have included experts who have presented programs about saving habitat for just one more generation, the human-wildlife interface, wildlife trafficking, plastics pollution, conservation leadership, getting kids out in nature and more. These talks are open to the public and are recorded. To see past talks, go to: and email Ann Kuo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to be added to the email list to learn about future talks.

Roots and Shoots Program

roots shootsJane Goodall Institute’s global Roots & Shoots program empowers young people to become environmental and humanitarian leaders. With 150,000 youth participating in more than 130 countries, Roots & Shoots has been connecting youth who want to create a better world with service projects and youth-led campaigns in their communities since 1991, according to the Institute’s website.
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Trains, Planes and Automobiles Kids' Race Series


From a small beginning, Cathy Weise of the Ron Rosner YMCA has developed an ambitious three-race series for kids for this summer, with the help of The Great Train Race, Shannon Airport, Dominion Raceway & Entertainment, the Fredericksburg Area Service League and Race Timing Unlimited.

Great Train Race Director Jennifer Taylor was one of the first on board.