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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

    23 ways to go wild (and help the environment too!)

    We love the great outdoors and we know that we’re not the only ones!

    Being outside, in nature, surrounded by plants and animals, is well known for being good for the body and mind. Researchers have shown that spending time outside is good for mental health, reducing stress, increasing creativity and increasing our connection with nature.

    In fact, spending time in nature is so good for you that in Japan it’s known as Shinrin-Yoko Forest Therapy, which means ‘forest bathing’ – we love the sound of that!

    If you do too, then why …

    There are lots of ways you can get involved in #30DaysWild...and here are a few ideas of our own!
  • Around the World

    Updates from Roots & Shoots activities around the world

    Roots & Shoots Around the World – Spring 2017

    Roots & Shoots is a global organsation with hundreds of groups in dozens of countries around the world, from Australia to America, and from Taiwan to Tanzania, where the first group was set up by Dr Jane Goodall herself.

    Here are a selection of projects and updates from our sister group Roots & Shoots UAE, based in Abu Dhabi.

     

    Students inspired to reach for the stars by Dr. Jane

    Students from the Universal American School have a very special …

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  • Mission Update

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

    Animal’s lives matter, documentary film by Dibjeet Kaur

    Documentary:

    Theme: Animal’s lives matter

    The documentary I have created focuses upon the issues of animal cruelty and the way animals/creatures/other species are being used for the benefit and successes of humans rather than being able to live a peaceful life of their own. In this video I have aimed to outline the way we ruin numerous lives of animals each and every day while continuing with our daily lives and actions, not acknowledging the fact of how the many routines we have become attached to …

  • News from HQ

    All the latest from Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

    Roots & Shoots at the Wild For Life exhibition in Prague

    If we want to end the illegal wildlife trade, we need to change attitudes and motivate people to make informed choices that don’t threaten biodiversity.

    That’s the aim of Wild for Life, a campaign started in 2016 by UN Environment, and Tara is in Prague to represent Roots & Shoots at the opening of the new Wild For Life exhibition at Vaclav Havel Prague airport.

    Big ambitions, big impact

    Wild for Life  is …

    Tara (R) in Prague for the opening of the Wild For Life exhibition
  • Featured Activity

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

    Where Does Your Food Come From? – An Iceworld Activity

    This activity looks at the food we eat and where it comes from. What can you do to reduce your food miles (and hence energy)?

    Over Farm produce: The vegetables and fruits even have their "Food Miles" on display for the discerning shopper. By Jonathan Billinger [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  • 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

    Saving our beautiful bluebells

    Image by Oast House Archive creative commons https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyacinthoides_non-scripta#/media/File:Little_Chittenden_Wood_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1861070.jpg

    Did you know that the UK has 50% of the world population of common bluebells?

    Those beautiful flowers that carpet our woods and forests at this time of year are an iconic feature of the British countryside. Their vivid colour and sweet scent make a walk in the month of May something special, and they are one of our favourite flowers.

    They are also a protected species, and the …

    Image by Oast House Archive creative commons https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyacinthoides_non-scripta#/media/File:Little_Chittenden_Wood_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1861070.jpg
  • Around the World

    Updates from Roots & Shoots activities around the world

  • Mission Update

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

    The New Forest Clarion

    As part of a group of schools, sussed in the forest, ran by Gill Hickman, our children were asked to write a piece.

    We talked about what might happen to our area by 2050 if we don’t do anything about global warming. This started a discussion on how hot the sea where we live in milford might get to hot. The children themselves talked about sharks starting to live by the beach. We wrote a small story around this. Our children …

  • News from HQ

    All the latest from Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

    Featured activity: Where does your food come from?

    This activity is one of our Iceworld Activities, and is about looking at the food we eat and where it comes from – AKA food miles. 

     

    The further food travels to get from where it’s grown to our dinner plate, the more energy had gone into moving it – which means more CO2 pumped into the environment, and …

    Over Farm produce: The vegetables and fruits even have their "Food Miles" on display for the discerning shopper. By Jonathan Billinger [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  • Featured Activity

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

    Where Does Your Food Come From? – An Iceworld Activity

    This activity looks at the food we eat and where it comes from. What can you do to reduce your food miles (and hence energy)?

    Over Farm produce: The vegetables and fruits even have their "Food Miles" on display for the discerning shopper. By Jonathan Billinger [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  • 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

    Spotting the animal signs of spring

    Spotting the animal signs of spring. Images via Wikimedia Creative Commons.

    The days are getting longer, the mornings and evenings are lighter, the temperature is warming up. Everywhere, life is beginning to bloom, from the blossom on the trees to the daffodils in the fields.

    At this time of year it’s easy to spot the signs of spring in the trees and plants, but spotting birds and animals walking up and returning …

    Spotting the animal signs of spring. Images via Wikimedia Creative Commons.
  • Around the World

    Updates from Roots & Shoots activities around the world

  • Mission Update

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

    Small steps: Success as UNILAD agree to disclaimer

    It is a step in the right direction as the incredibly popular company and website UNILAD has agreed to add a disclaimer to any future videos that they share of pet primates. After many emails, tweets and messages, UNILAD – which at the time of writing has some 29,078,313 likes on Facebook – agreed to add a disclaimer.

    The disclaimer reads:

    “This video depicts a pet primate. Primates are not suitable pets- they are wild animals and require highly specialised captive care. For further information on why they are not suitable to …

  • News from HQ

    All the latest from Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

    Featured activity: create a radio/tv advert for Fairtrade

    This activity is one of our People Activities, and is all about Fairtrade. Your students may have seen the Fairtrade logo on food packages in the shops, but do they know what it means, and how the shopping choices they make can help people around the world?

    Fairtrade display in foyer

    Around the world many farmers and workers don’t get paid enough wages to live on, so although they work hard, they still live in poverty.

    Not only will this activity will help your …

  • Featured Activity

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

    Where Does Your Food Come From? – An Iceworld Activity

    This activity looks at the food we eat and where it comes from. What can you do to reduce your food miles (and hence energy)?

    Over Farm produce: The vegetables and fruits even have their "Food Miles" on display for the discerning shopper. By Jonathan Billinger [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  • 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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