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!

    Helping the Bears

    This is Marnie (aged 9) who baked bisuits and crispie cakes, and sold her own Christmas cards ….. she spent from 11-6pm on Saturday (it was freezing!) … and raised £69 for Four Paws. Yesterday I arranged for her to chat to Brian de Cal (The UK Director), who told her that the money would be used to build a bear sanctuary in the Ukraine for the bile bears.
    Always very proud of girls who use their initiative to help their favourite causes.

  • News from HQ

    All the latest from Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

    Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Newsletter Winter 2017

    Dear members,

    I can’t believe how fast this year has gone. And I am so proud of the 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. …

  • 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!

    Pensil cases for the Excel School, Kampala

    The girls have been collecting pencil cases, old and new – full of pencils, pens, rubbers and sharpeners … to send to the Excel School, Kampala, Uganda.

    The Excel school is special as it is a school situated in the slums of Bwaise. Our ex JAGS teacher, Liz Parker and her team at AFFCAD are planning to rebuild the school from scratch. Until then, the children of the school are desperately in need of basic things like stationery ! So here you have it …. 200 or so pencil cases !…

  • 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

    ‘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!

    Simply roll and show kindness

    Claudia Quin from James Allen’s Prep School had a wonderful idea how to inspire kindness.

    Simply roll and act on the kindness written! Thank you Claudia!

  • 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
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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