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Welcome to Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots

the education programme for young people. Roots & Shoots encourages children to implement practical positive change for people, animals and the environment by providing teachers with free resources and activities. Find out more about Roots & Shoots and share your school’s story to win a Roots & Shoots Award.

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  • Fresh from the Blog

    Stories that we think you'll find interesting and inspiring

    Give hedgehogs a helping hand

    Hedgehogs are one our most charismatic species of mammal – who doesn’t love those cute bundles of spines and little black snout rustling through the undergrowth!

    At this time of year, when the leaves are falling and the seasons are turning, hedgehogs start to see a nice warm, safe place to hibernate over winter, and will also be searching for food to feed themselves up before they go to sleep.

    If you want to help hedgehogs in your local area, there are plenty of things you can do in your own garden or …

    Young European Hedgehog by Lars Karlsson (Keqs) via Creative Commons (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Keqs_young_european_hedgehog1.jpg)
  • Around the World

    Updates from Roots & Shoots activities around the world

    Dr Jane Goodall – Special interview: Roots & Shoots 2017

    “I hate hearing that ‘We’ve borrowed the Earth from our children’; I hate it because it’s a lie. We’ve not ‘borrowed’, we have been stealing, and we’ve made so many mistakes and it’s not the young peoples’ job to put it right. We have to work with them to fix it… we’re holding your hand so that together we can make it better.” 

    Dr Jane Goodall’s words from March’s Roots & Shoots Awards ceremony rang in my head as I entered the regal surroundings of …

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  • Mission Update

    News from our members. Every story is eligible for an award!

    Global Goals for Sustainable Development at Sandfield Close Primary School

    An inspiring video by students and teachers at Sandfield Close Primary School!

    Committing to working together towards a better future for the environment and all living things!

    http://www.sandfieldclose.leicester.sch.uk/?cat=1

  • News from HQ

    All the latest from Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

    Featured activity: Local Area Mapping

    This activity is one of our BRAND NEW activities all about mapping, exploring and helping your local environment. It’s part of our new My Local Area activities.

    Each term this year, we’ll have a different activity focus from this new project collection. While the activities do work as stand-alone projects, they are designed to be completed sequentially, one each term.

    This first project is all about mapping your local environment, with your students working collaboratively to gain a deeper …

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  • Featured Activity

    Looking for ideas for the classroom? Try our featured activity!

    Local Environment Mapping

    This activity will help students gain a deeper understanding of the geography, geology, flora and fauna of their local area, working collaboratively. They’ll investigate not only the physical layout of the area, but also what makes up the surface features, and how plants and animals have taken advantage of these features and the resources they provide.

    Example Topographic map (USGS - Public Domain)
  • Featured School

    Looking at the work of one of our member schools in detail

    St Christopher’s High School, Accrington

    Every term we like to highlight the work of one particular school. We hope that you can feel inspired by their work and feel encouraged to share your own work with us – you never know, you may become the school of the term yourself next time around!

    This term we would like to highlight the work of St Christopher’s High School, Accrington, our gold award winners from 2013. St Christopher’s are a very active school when it comes to green issues. Back in May 2013, they hosted the Lancashire Children’s …

    Fashion Show Participants from Accrington St Christopher's Church of England High School; photo credit @Roger Marks Photography
  • Featured Campaign

    Simple ways that you can help people, animals and the environment

    Recycle Your Phone, Build a School!

    Help us to help the children of the Democratic Republic of Congo by recycling your old mobile phone to raise money to build schools. Prizes to be won!

    Graphic: List of things needed to open a school in Africa
  • Fresh from the Blog

    Stories that we think you'll find interesting and inspiring

    Autumn-hunter checklist

    As the days get shorter and the temperature drops, it’s a sure sign that autumn is on it’s way and winter won’t be far behind.

    The changing of the seasons mean lots of changes in nature. Animals get ready to hibernate, the leaves fall from the trees, birds migrate to warmer climates. It’s also a great time of year to get out for a bracing nature walk. We’ve put together a checklist of autumn signs you can look out for as you go.

    How many can you find?

    Autumn signs checklist

    Leaves turned from …

    Image courtesy of Valerii Tkachenko - Cityscape|Paris|raining autumn via Wikipedia
  • Around the World

    Updates from Roots & Shoots activities around the world

  • Mission Update

    News from our members. Every story is eligible for an award!

    Roots & Shoots at ACS Cobham

    The Roots & Shoots Club at ACS Cobham Middle School has had a very busy school year, and with a relatively small group, have accomplished a tremendous amount. When we returned to school in August 2016, our Science department expressed concern to us about the state of the natural pond on our campus. So we decided to    apply for an Artists in Residence grant from the school, and were able to have a pond expert visit us for a pond dip …

  • News from HQ

    All the latest from Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

    Explorer Robert Swan inspires & empowers the next generation

    Roots & Shoots Ambassador Robert Swan is a remarkable person and an inspirational speaker.

    As the first person to walk to both the North and South Poles, completely unassisted, he’s seen first hand the impact climate change is having on our planet, in even the coldest regions of our world. He also knows the power of inspiration, determination and planning…if you set your mind to something, you can achieve anything, and if you have support, you can achieve even more.

    Swan is dedicating his life by raising awareness on the preservation of Antarctica, …

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  • Featured Activity

    Looking for ideas for the classroom? Try our featured activity!

    Local Environment Mapping

    This activity will help students gain a deeper understanding of the geography, geology, flora and fauna of their local area, working collaboratively. They’ll investigate not only the physical layout of the area, but also what makes up the surface features, and how plants and animals have taken advantage of these features and the resources they provide.

    Example Topographic map (USGS - Public Domain)
  • Featured School

    Looking at the work of one of our member schools in detail

    St Christopher’s High School, Accrington

    Every term we like to highlight the work of one particular school. We hope that you can feel inspired by their work and feel encouraged to share your own work with us – you never know, you may become the school of the term yourself next time around!

    This term we would like to highlight the work of St Christopher’s High School, Accrington, our gold award winners from 2013. St Christopher’s are a very active school when it comes to green issues. Back in May 2013, they hosted the Lancashire Children’s …

    Fashion Show Participants from Accrington St Christopher's Church of England High School; photo credit @Roger Marks Photography
  • Featured Campaign

    Simple ways that you can help people, animals and the environment

    Recycle Your Phone, Build a School!

    Help us to help the children of the Democratic Republic of Congo by recycling your old mobile phone to raise money to build schools. Prizes to be won!

    Graphic: List of things needed to open a school in Africa
  • Fresh from the Blog

    Stories that we think you'll find interesting and inspiring

    Roots & Shoots UK: summer 2017 Instagram highlights

    We’ve rounded up some highlights from our Roots & Shoots Instagram account to share with you. It’s been an amazing summer, with adventures with Dr Jane Goodall, some great projects, activities and talks from Roots & Shoots groups, and of course the amazing Roots & Shoots Annual Summit, which saw representatives from 22 countries meet to discuss, plan and inspire.

    Don’t forget to pop over to our Roots & Shoots Instagram account and give us a follow. If you have an image you’d like us to feature, you can tag …

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  • Around the World

    Updates from Roots & Shoots activities around the world

  • Mission Update

    News from our members. Every story is eligible for an award!

    Explorer Environmentalist Robert Swan Speaks to TASIS Students!

    Roots & Shoots lead teacher, Wendy Gediman, has been to Antarctica three times with explorer/environmentalist, Robert Swan. The goals of these expeditions have all been tied to educating young people about sustainable energy. Another goal is getting the message across that it is important to protect Antarctica, which is the last untouched continent on earth, as well as preserving our entire planet! Ms. Gediman’s last trip with Swan was in December 2016. This was a small expedition of 14 people flown into Union Glacier Antarctica. The purpose of the expedition …

  • News from HQ

    All the latest from Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

    Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Peace Day Parade at Chowbent Primary School – September 2017

    UK– Following the lead of their hero—renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE—Students from Chowbent Primary School, hosted the 2017 UN International Day of Peace Parade on their school grounds, on Tuesday 19th September. Students from reception to Year 6 took part.

    Dr. Goodall established Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Day of Peace in 2004 to encourage Roots & Shoots members and other interested individuals to promote peace in their communities and around the globe.  Members craft Giant Peace Dove Puppets from reused materials and fly the Doves in their communities to symbolize …

  • Featured Activity

    Looking for ideas for the classroom? Try our featured activity!

    Local Environment Mapping

    This activity will help students gain a deeper understanding of the geography, geology, flora and fauna of their local area, working collaboratively. They’ll investigate not only the physical layout of the area, but also what makes up the surface features, and how plants and animals have taken advantage of these features and the resources they provide.

    Example Topographic map (USGS - Public Domain)
  • Featured School

    Looking at the work of one of our member schools in detail

    St Christopher’s High School, Accrington

    Every term we like to highlight the work of one particular school. We hope that you can feel inspired by their work and feel encouraged to share your own work with us – you never know, you may become the school of the term yourself next time around!

    This term we would like to highlight the work of St Christopher’s High School, Accrington, our gold award winners from 2013. St Christopher’s are a very active school when it comes to green issues. Back in May 2013, they hosted the Lancashire Children’s …

    Fashion Show Participants from Accrington St Christopher's Church of England High School; photo credit @Roger Marks Photography
  • Featured Campaign

    Simple ways that you can help people, animals and the environment

    Recycle Your Phone, Build a School!

    Help us to help the children of the Democratic Republic of Congo by recycling your old mobile phone to raise money to build schools. Prizes to be won!

    Graphic: List of things needed to open a school in Africa
Colin Firth

Supported by Colin Firth

Colin Firth is one of our nation’s national treasures. He has supported Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots programme for the last seven years and we are privileged to have him as our ambassador. He is a strong advocate for environmental matters and sustainable practice which he employs in all aspects of his life and work.

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