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

    How to use your weekly shop to do good

    Often, when we want to help a good cause, we’ll donate money to a charity or a fund or collection. This is important; it helps these organisations do their work and make a big difference. But it’s not the only way you can use your money to help. We spend money all the time; we buy food, drink, furniture, cleaning products, clothes, toiletries, makeup and more. It adds up to a lot of money, and where you spend it and what you spend it all can also make a big …

  • Around the World

    Updates from Roots & Shoots activities around the world

    Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots UAE Newsletter Winter 2017

    Dear Roots & Shoots Members,

    I can’t believe how fast this year has gone. And Iamsoproudofthe amazing work that you continue to produce for this programme, on a daily basis. The projects covered in this newsletter speak for themselves.

    Two words come to mind when I think of Roots & Shoots; Celebration – of all that we have achieved so far and continue to achieve.

    And, Inspiration. Where does inspiration come from? Who inspires us?

    One person I know is Dr Jane Goodall who has inspired millions of people around the world. What a wonderful legacy. …

  • Mission Update

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

    Roots & Shoots Antarctica With 2041 ClimateForce/The Explorer’s Passage

    TASIS teacher, Wendy Gediman, is the Education Advisor for the 2041 ClimateForce foundation. This is run by Robert Swan, the first person in history to walk to both Poles.

    She recently took part in her fourth expedition with Swan to Antarctica. The difference this time is that she took along a Roots & Shoots TASIS student, Gabrielle Nicholls. Gabrielle is 16 years old, and became very interested in Antarctica, including the impact of the Antarctic Treaty last year. 2041 ClimateForce has a mission to inform people about the need to protect …

  • News from HQ

    All the latest from Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

    Congratulations to our Roots & Shoots Awards winners

    The Roots & Shoots Annual Awards were a roaring success!

    The Awards took place in the beautiful tropical gardens of London’s Barbican Centre and our 13 selected winners (chosen out of 2000 schools) were joined by our special guest – the American Community School all the way from Abu Dhabi!

    Some of our favourite Instagram and Twitter posts from the 2018 Awards
    All you need to know to enter the Roots & Shoots Awards 2019

    Roger Marks Photography

    A huge thank you to …

  • Featured Activity

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

    Local Safari

    This activity will help students understand some of the obvious and lesser-known creatures which live in their local area, and gain insight as to how these animals provide food for one another. This could encompass a simple forage around the school grounds, or could be expanded to a half-day visit to the beach, forest or park. Don’t be put off if you’re city-based – you’ll find just as much biodiversity, often more, if you look hard enough!

    Keith Edkins [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 …

  • 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

    Simple everyday water-saving ideas

    It’s easy to take water for granted. Turn on the tap and you get a seemingly endless supply splashing into the sink, pop to the seaside and there is literally oceans of the stuff and of course, in the UK it always seems like gallons of the stuff is falling from the sky!

    Which animals live in dry and dusty environments?
    Why ‘disposable’ coffee cups are a problem

    But it’s not quite as simple as that. Yes, there may be lots of water on Planet Earth, but the …

  • Around the World

    Updates from Roots & Shoots activities around the world

  • Mission Update

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

    Damers First School – Letters to Cool Milk and Total Produce asking for Plastic free packaging

    The children wrote letters to Cool Milk and Total Produce who supply the school with milk and fruit asking for their packaging and straws to be plastic free. This is part of the children’s campaign to make the school plastic free. Cool Milk have offered to supply the school with 1 litre bottles or 4 little bottles of milk and reusable beakers. Total Produce have yet to come up with an alternative to package their fruit. The children felt Total Produce were making excuses and not taking it seriously enough. …

  • News from HQ

    All the latest from Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

    Roots & Shoots Awards 2018 – some our favourite Instagram & Twitter posts!

    On Friday March 9th Dr Jane Goodall joined Roots & Shoots Groups, VIPS and more at the annual Roots & Shoots UK Awards

    Get ready for the Roots & Shoots Awards 2018
    Find out more about the Roots & Shoots Awards – prizes, how to enter, sponsors and more
    Explorer Robert Swan has a message for Roots & Shoots

    Set in the spectacular venue of the tropical gardens of the Barbican, right in the centre of London, we welcomed students from 13 schools across the UK and …

  • Featured Activity

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

    Local Safari

    This activity will help students understand some of the obvious and lesser-known creatures which live in their local area, and gain insight as to how these animals provide food for one another. This could encompass a simple forage around the school grounds, or could be expanded to a half-day visit to the beach, forest or park. Don’t be put off if you’re city-based – you’ll find just as much biodiversity, often more, if you look hard enough!

    Keith Edkins [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 …

  • 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

    How to be a journalist

    Journalists and reporters are important. They are people whose job it is to investigate stories, uncover the truth, find out what’s going on (both good and bad!) and then share that information with the general public. The media, which includes newspapers, television, social media, magazines, radio, websites and more, rely on journalists to identify, research and gather news. Some outlets have a particular interest – for example, The Ecologist magazine reports on environmental issues – others will have a broader remit, like the BBC who report on all topics and on …

  • Around the World

    Updates from Roots & Shoots activities around the world

  • Mission Update

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

    EXCITING NEWS!

    It was 11 months ago that Natasha Woest designed and launched a website for the animal rescue in Mutare, Zimbabwe with an aim to educate, raise their profile and funds.  Together with the team on the ground, they created an online donation platform and linked the two.

    We are so excited to share an update from this project.
    A total of £10 236 has been raised through the website.

    Included in this amount is £1162 for a neutering and vaccinating campaign …

  • News from HQ

    All the latest from Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

    Last chance to apply! Now more wildflowers…


    Bring colour and wildlife to your school with free wildflower seeds
    We’ve teamed with Grow Wild to help change lives and transform spaces with UK native wildflowers.
    Apply today to receive your (even larger) free kit to transform an urban space into a colourful wildflower haven for the whole community to enjoy and benefit from.
    You don’t need growing experience; rather you need enthusiasm, a shared space to transform and a group of people to help make it happen!
    Apply now using …

  • Featured Activity

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

    Local Safari

    This activity will help students understand some of the obvious and lesser-known creatures which live in their local area, and gain insight as to how these animals provide food for one another. This could encompass a simple forage around the school grounds, or could be expanded to a half-day visit to the beach, forest or park. Don’t be put off if you’re city-based – you’ll find just as much biodiversity, often more, if you look hard enough!

    Keith Edkins [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 …

  • 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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