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

    Get your Rhino Christmas cards now and help Roots & Shoots too!

    Diana Littlejohns, creator of Doodles with my Daughter:
    “Only very few rhinos survive outside national parks and reserves today as a result of relentless poaching and habitat loss. A sub-species of Asian rhino, Javan, became extinct in Vietnam in 2011 and in Africa, the northern white rhino and western black rhino have recently gone extinct in the wild. Conservation efforts working alongside rural communities are helping, but education is key to their survival.
    As a conservation artist who creates art with my little daughter whilst teaching her about the …

  • Around the World

    Updates from Roots & Shoots activities around the world

    Our exciting Global Windsor Castle Gathering 2018

    During the summer holidays, the annual gathering of inspiring, young individuals from all over the world, took place at the beautiful and historic St George’s House, Windsor Castle. With representatives from 24 countries, days were spent getting to know one anther, brainstorming and collaborating.  Friendships and memories for life were quickly formed!

    We were very lucky that Joshua Holden from Accrington St Christopher’s Church of England High School represented the UK; and Dulwich Prep, London came for a very special day, delivering a very moving and uplifting presentation to their wrapt …

  • Mission Update

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

    Orangutans & Plastic Cheese

    It was Orangutan Caring Week from 11-18th November so when I went in to do a workshop with the children mid-week that week, we learnt about orangutans; where they’re from and why we need to look after them. We also learnt about the crucial and very important subject of plastic pollution again – repetition is key with people so young. When I asked the children what they thought plastic was, they said bottles and stuff that fruit is wrapped in – very good – but it wasn’t until one child shouted ‘cheese’ …

  • News from HQ

    All the latest from Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

    We are delighted to announce a new partnership between Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots and Montessori St Nicholas (MSN)

    Montessori is the world’s largest global education movement, inspired by Dr Maria Montessori in the early 1900s. It offers a unique child-centred approach to education, used and acclaimed throughout the world. Maria Montessori was one of the most important early years educators of the 20th century, the innovator of classroom practices and ideas which have had a profound influence on the education of young children.

    Montessori St Nicholas (MSN) is the name of the largest UK Montessori representative. Most Montessori settings in the UK are privately …

  • 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

    Featured School: Mad Hatters Nursery – never too young to make a positive difference!

    Mad Hatters nursery is fortunate enough to have a wonderful outdoor space filled with two beautiful, white rabbits called Marshmallow and Sweetie, as well as lots of children’s toys, swings and Wendy-houses. Looking after the rabbits and any other insects found in the play area is encouraged.

    Throughout the year the little ones regularly check their digging patch and bug hotel for new guests. Pieces of bark, wood and stone are collected and added to the bug hotel so it’s forever being extended to make room for more guests. Black Beetles, …

  • 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

    Our exciting Global Windsor Castle Gathering 2018

    During the summer holidays, the annual gathering of inspiring, young individuals from all over the world, took place at the beautiful and historic St George’s House, Windsor Castle. With representatives from 24 countries, days were spent getting to know one anther, brainstorming and collaborating.  Friendships and memories for life were quickly formed!

    We were very lucky that Joshua Holden from Accrington St Christopher’s Church of England High School represented the UK; and Dulwich Prep, London came for a very special day, delivering a very moving and uplifting presentation to their wrapt …

  • 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 – Plastic Free Dorchester

    Damers Eco Ambassadors have launched a campaign to make Dorchester Plastic Free (Single use) and achieve the Surfers Against Sewage Community Status for the town. They have the support of Dorchester Town Council, Dorchester Bid, Dorchester Chamber for Business.  The children wrote a letter to MP Sir Oliver Letwin asking for his support. He replied to the children in a  couple days giving his support to their campaign. The children have written and sent letters to 300 businesses and 30 schools/colleges/nurseries in Dorchester asking them to give up 3 single …

  • News from HQ

    All the latest from Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

    Get your Rhino Christmas cards now and help Roots & Shoots too!

    Diana Littlejohns, creator of Doodles with my Daughter:
    “Only very few rhinos survive outside national parks and reserves today as a result of relentless poaching and habitat loss. A sub-species of Asian rhino, Javan, became extinct in Vietnam in 2011 and in Africa, the northern white rhino and western black rhino have recently gone extinct in the wild. Conservation efforts working alongside rural communities are helping, but education is key to their survival.
    As a conservation artist who creates art with my little daughter whilst teaching her about the …

  • 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

    Featured School: Mad Hatters Nursery – never too young to make a positive difference!

    Mad Hatters nursery is fortunate enough to have a wonderful outdoor space filled with two beautiful, white rabbits called Marshmallow and Sweetie, as well as lots of children’s toys, swings and Wendy-houses. Looking after the rabbits and any other insects found in the play area is encouraged.

    Throughout the year the little ones regularly check their digging patch and bug hotel for new guests. Pieces of bark, wood and stone are collected and added to the bug hotel so it’s forever being extended to make room for more guests. Black Beetles, …

  • 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

    Our Photograph Winner Ella McIvor enjoys her NG Prize!

    “As the winner of the Roots & Shoots Most Outstanding Photograph competition I was lucky to be invited to visit the London HQ of National Geographic Kids Magazine to look behind the scenes of the making of the magazines and the photos behind the stories. I learned about the editing process and where the photos come from and how they come up with new stories each week. I met the team and it looked the most fun place to work ever – they even gave us cake. I …

  • Around the World

    Updates from Roots & Shoots activities around the world

  • Mission Update

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

    Whales, Turtles and Plastic

    Almost three quarters of our wonderful world – 71% to be precise – is covered in water, but unfortunately it gets polluted by eight million pieces of plastic every single day. This causes great havoc and destruction to the marine eco system and all creatures in our oceans, so it’s something that we must address, and be cognisant of, from as early as possible.
    As such this weeks’ nursery workshop, with new group of children, was to create art of sea animals whilst learning about the effects of plastic pollution. …

  • News from HQ

    All the latest from Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

    Our exciting Global Windsor Castle Gathering 2018

    During the summer holidays, the annual gathering of inspiring, young individuals from all over the world, took place at the beautiful and historic St George’s House, Windsor Castle. With representatives from 24 countries, days were spent getting to know one anther, brainstorming and collaborating.  Friendships and memories for life were quickly formed!

    We were very lucky that Joshua Holden from Accrington St Christopher’s Church of England High School represented the UK; and Dulwich Prep, London came for a very special day, delivering a very moving and uplifting presentation to their wrapt …

  • 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

    Featured School: Mad Hatters Nursery – never too young to make a positive difference!

    Mad Hatters nursery is fortunate enough to have a wonderful outdoor space filled with two beautiful, white rabbits called Marshmallow and Sweetie, as well as lots of children’s toys, swings and Wendy-houses. Looking after the rabbits and any other insects found in the play area is encouraged.

    Throughout the year the little ones regularly check their digging patch and bug hotel for new guests. Pieces of bark, wood and stone are collected and added to the bug hotel so it’s forever being extended to make room for more guests. Black Beetles, …

  • 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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