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

    24th November: “Jane” is coming to a cinema near you

    “At the time I wanted to do things which men did and women didn’t.”
    Jane Goodall
    Set to music by the legendary Philip Glass, watch Jane’s incredible journey featuring never-before-seen footage of her early work in Africa.

    Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of Jane, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the …

  • 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 …

  • Mission Update

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

    NoWasteNovember Diary

    Tabitha in 4R has embraced “NoWasteNovember” by recording a whole diary of initiatives ! One for each day of November…. Tabitha’s favourite initiative was making sparkling party bags which were reusable and made of fabric ( not plastic!!!)
    Miss Raimes’s favourite was rinsing out the shampoo and bubble bath bottles, and getting a whole week’ more out of them!
    And well done, tabitha’s mum, who signed a petition asking Michael Gove to stop non recyclable coffee cups being produced!

  • News from HQ

    All the latest from Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

    24th November: “Jane” is coming to a cinema near you

    “At the time I wanted to do things which men did and women didn’t.”
    Jane Goodall
    Set to music by the legendary Philip Glass, watch Jane’s incredible journey featuring never-before-seen footage of her early work in Africa.

    Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of Jane, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the …

  • 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 …

  • 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

    No Waste November

    Think of all those coffee cups, plastic straws, washing up bottles, packaging around fruit and vegetables, old clothes and unused cosmetics we throw away every day. Think of all of the energy and resources that went into making them, and the amount of waste they generate in landfill.

    If everyone reduced the amount they used and wasted, think about how much of a difference that would make! Think of all the pollution-causing energy that wouldn’t need to be …

  • Around the World

    Updates from Roots & Shoots activities around the world

  • Mission Update

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

    Raising money for AFFCAD

    Leona and her mum made these beautiful angels and snowmen and sold them outside school! 30 beautiful ornaments were snapped up in a jiffy!

    Congratulations, Leona – who made £200 for AFFCAD, which is raising money to rebuild their school in Bwaise, Uganda

  • News from HQ

    All the latest from Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

    Voices Off with Dr Jane Goodall

    29th October, 2018

    ‘Everything is connected – everyone can make a difference’ Jane Goodall, DBE

    Dr. Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, is world-renowned for her pioneering research on wild chimpanzees and her efforts today to inspire every individual to protect the environment we share – a trait she shares with Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax.

    Organised by the Old Vic, Dr Jane got the watch the inspiring show The Lorax and after the wonderful show, Dr Jane met the Lorax backstage! They were joined by …

  • 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 …

  • 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

    ‘Jane’ by National Geographic

    Can you imagine was life was like for Dr Jane Goodall when, as a 26-year-old woman, she first journeyed to Gombe to begin her research into the chimpanzees that lived there?

     

    She spent many years integrating herself within the chimpanzee troop that lived there, learning about their lives and getting to know each individual. She wasn’t a trained scientist at that time, but her dedication to discovering more about these amazing animals led her to observations about their …

  • Around the World

    Updates from Roots & Shoots activities around the world

  • Mission Update

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

    Recycled gift tags

    Our Roots & Shoots club have been busy making recycledChristmas tags out of last year’s cards! We cut out the cards, with fancy zig zag scissors, then threaded them with ribbon which we curled!
    Ten gift cards in a bag for £1 a bag … and then we sold them ! All proceeds to AFFCAD! Really delighted to say that we have helped people, as well as the environment in this little project!

  • News from HQ

    All the latest from Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

    Kasper Steyn Wins Roots & Shoots Lorax competition

    Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax is a show that has a whole host of colourful puppet characters from Bar-ba-loot Bears and Humming Fish to Swomee-Swans and Truffula Trees.

    We’ve asked our members to create their own puppet from the World of The Lorax. It was hard to pick a Winner, but Kasper Steyn from Dulwich Prep London, and his puppet Lumi stole our hearts.

    “Kasper’s puppet is called Lumi (the Albanian word for River).

    He is the guardian of the rivers and everything that lives in it.

    He lives in …

  • 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 …

  • 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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