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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!

    Sharing a bee friendly spot

    We we’re lucky to be donated 500 seed balls, via their charitable donation scheme. There were far too many for our pre school allotment, so we decided to have a bring along and swap morning on our allotment. Our lovely parents were asked to bring along a flower that attracted bees, or a strawberry plant to replace our soft fruit plot.

    Luckily, even our smallest children are keen gardeners, spending time each day in our allotment. This enthusiasm passes onto our parents, who are amazed at how their children know so …

  • News from HQ

    All the latest from Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

    Featured activity inspirational scientists

    This activity is one of our People Activities, and highlights the inspirational work of female scientists, conservationists and experts around the world.

    Sometimes it’s hard to imagine how one person can make a difference in the world but there are hundreds of people who work in science, conservation, engineering and technology who have done just that. This activity looks at the work and life of some of these individuals and what they have achieved.

    The Inspirational Scientists used in this activity are all women, …

  • Featured Activity

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

    Forest Activity 3: The Forest Environment

    This activity is all about how forests have changed over time. It will introduce the concepts of deforestation and reforestation, and will encourage your class to think about the impacts of both on the environment locally and across the wider world.

    Jungle burned for agriculture By Jami Dwyer [Public domain], 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!

    Balgreen Outdoor Learning Day

    We had a fabulous time on our Outdoor Learning Day! We were divided into our houses and then each group did three activities. One activity working with the community, one working on the school grounds and the other learning outdoors! We made bee hotels and tepees, we painted pebbles, made bottle top mobiles, we made old CD birds, we built a fire in the wood and made hot chocolate, we painted the school benches, we did a litter pick in the local park, we fixed our minibeast hotels and we did some environmental art! It …

  • News from HQ

    All the latest from Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

    Featured Activity: Make a Bee Friendly Garden

    Can you build a home for some solitary bees, and a garden that is attractive to bees to provide them with much needed food?

    Bumble Bee - Leah Griffiths Bryngwyn Primary School
  • Featured Activity

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

    Forest Activity 3: The Forest Environment

    This activity is all about how forests have changed over time. It will introduce the concepts of deforestation and reforestation, and will encourage your class to think about the impacts of both on the environment locally and across the wider world.

    Jungle burned for agriculture By Jami Dwyer [Public domain], 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!

    Spring at Balgreen

    It’s that lovely time of year again! The beautiful tree in our garden has started to blossom. All of the classes at school have been looking very carefully at it and doing all sorts of work. There’s some fabulous art work, writing and science going on. Primary 1 have been reading The Frog Prince so decided to create their own crowns using natural bits and bobs they found in the garden. The blossom was a lovely addition to the crowns too!

  • News from HQ

    All the latest from Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

    Featured activity: what lives in forests?

    This activity is one of our Forest Activities, and is a great opportunity for your and your students to get outside into local

    ‘How to build the ultimate forest den’ from Forest Holidayshttps://www.forestholidays.co.uk/forestipedia/how-to-build-the-ultimate-forest-den

    woodland.

    Students will conduct a biodiversity survey, discovering the types of trees that make up a forest, and the other plants and animals that live there. It’s a great way to engage students with their local environment. It’s also a great activity to do when you start to …

  • Featured Activity

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

    Forest Activity 3: The Forest Environment

    This activity is all about how forests have changed over time. It will introduce the concepts of deforestation and reforestation, and will encourage your class to think about the impacts of both on the environment locally and across the wider world.

    Jungle burned for agriculture By Jami Dwyer [Public domain], 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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