We believe that knowledge of the connections between humans and nature fosters harmony, empathy for others, and globally responsible individuals.
Our Mission is to educate, empower, and engage people to become compassionate global citizens who live in harmony with nature and each other.
A world in which people revere nature and human variation by understanding that humans fit within a global ecosystem.
We believe that all people should be considerate and empathetic towards others and other living creatures.
We recognize that similarities and differences create meaning and value in life and do not reflect superiority-inferiority relationships.
We believe in fostering positive learning environments through enthusiasm, honesty, and reliability.
We strive to inspire people to live with vitality by providing experience, information, and tools that enable personal growth and connection to nature.
We act in a manner that respects and protects the well-being of the people (including staff, members, and volunteers), the local communities, the environment, and the places we work.
We endeavour to negotiate and collaborate with schools, local communities, researchers, scientists, and students to develop education initiatives that advance knowledge and improve people’s lives.
Growing up in Canada, Jackie developed a strong interest in our planet at a young age. After graduating from McMaster University, Jackie traveled to Central America to build her skills in primate fieldwork in Belize and Panama, and helped out as an Earthwatch volunteer at the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute before embarking on her graduate work studying manual dexterity and the foraging skills of gibbons and macaques in Thailand.
Jackie attained her doctorate in anthropology at Southern Illinois University with a specialization in primate behaviour and cognition. She conducts behavioural research on white-handed gibbons and pig-tailed macaques at Khao Yai National Park in Thailand.