Stories that we think you’ll find interesting and inspiring

What is hibernation?

Posted on November 20th, 2016 by Aoife Glass

The temperature is low, the trees are bare, not much is growing and there’s not much to eat. Winter is a hard time of year for many animals, and they’ve evolved different ways of dealing with it. One way to get through the cold dark months is to sleep all …

Roots & Shoots at the GEMS Modern Academy, Abu Dhabi

Posted on November 16th, 2016 by Aoife Glass

‘Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.’

— Dr. Jane Goodall


The Roots & Shoots Team often travel the world, and we love meeting the inspiring, determined and talented young people who are working to make the world a better place. In a recent visit …

Wild arts and crafts for autumn

Posted on November 3rd, 2016 by Aoife Glass

Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of year. The leaves on the trees are turning amazing colours, from bright yellows to russet reds and browns and everything in between. It’s enough inspire anyone to create something beautiful and artistic!

In fact, one creative soul – Andrew Goldsworthy – doesn’t …

Wild about elephants!

Posted on August 15th, 2016 by Aoife Glass

Elephants are intelligent gentle giants, and one of the most recognisable and well-loved animals on the planet. Most people are familiar with them through wildlife documentary films, photographs and – if you’re really lucky – having actually met one!

They’ve often been mistreated in the past, hunted for their ivory tusks, …

What is renewable energy?

Posted on August 5th, 2016 by Aoife Glass

We need energy to power our lives; everything from our mobile phones to our fridges to our schools and hospitals rely on energy to power them. It gets our food moved from farm to plate, and helps us get to work …

Fun events & outdoor activities for the summer holidays

Posted on July 29th, 2016 by Aoife Glass

Looking for something fun to do on your summer holidays? There are loads of brilliant free activities all across the country that you can join in with run by various organisations and charities. Not only will they get you outside and enjoying nature, they’re also perfect for learning about and …

7 easy and fun summer holiday mini-adventures for kids

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 by Aoife Glass

Hooray! It’s finally the summer holidays! July and August brings with it endless days for exploring, playing, discovering and generally having fun. We love a good adventure, and in our opinion, all the best adventures take place outside in nature. Fresh air, sunshine and wildlife – the perfect combination!

Build and garden den …

9 Critically Endangered Species in the UK

Posted on July 17th, 2016 by Aoife Glass

If you’re used to thinking about endangered species as things like lions, bears, giraffes and so on, you might be surprised to hear that there are several critically endangered species in the UK.

critically endangered species in …

Fun summer fundraising ideas

Posted on July 9th, 2016 by Aoife Glass

Fundraising is a simple way you can help people, animals and the environment. Donating money to good causes and charities allows them to continue their important work, and raising the money in the first place can be fun!

We’ve collected a few …

Why do we have seasons?

Posted on May 30th, 2016 by Aoife Glass

Spring, summer, autumn, winter – the year is split up into 4 very distinct seasons in the UK, and each has it’s own weather and signs you can spot. Spring means lots of rain, trees coming into leaf, flowers starting to bloom and animals waking up. Summer means warmer weather …

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