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

    Fascinating foxgloves

    If you’ve been out wandering in the woods or countryside, the chances are you’ve spotted the tall, colourful foxglove which is in bloom in the warm months of June and July.

    These flowers aren’t just beautiful to look at, they’re also a source of food for many species and the original source of some of the life-saving medicines we have today.

    But they also have a dark side: every part of the plant is deadly toxic, so while they are very attractive, don’t eat, pick or touch them!

  • 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!

    Dancing Against the Tide of Plastic

    https://vimeo.com/274719238

  • News from HQ

    All the latest from Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

    Let the Earth be your Classroom

    Looking for a great way to get your students active, inspired by and connected to nature?

    Thanks to our wonderful partnership with Earthwatch, we can help you make that happen!

    Book now on an Earthwatch Teach Earth team – get to play in the woods for a weekend; enjoy sharing stories and ideas, in the ancient Oxfordshire Woodlands of Lytham; contribute to hand-on science which you can replicate in your school ground; learn practical skills and have the chance to camp beneath the stars in the ancient Wytham Woods or an environmental field …

  • 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

    Stag Beetle-ing about

    Around May to August is when the Stag Beetles come out.

    The UK’s largest species of beetle, they are rare to the point of being endangered with very few left in most parts of the UK. In other countries in Europe, they’ve become extinct in the wild.

    You can’t miss a Stag Beetle. If you’ve not been lucky enough to see one, they’re about 3cm to 7.5cm long, have a beautiful shiny brown shell or carapace, and the males have dramatic horns or antlers.

    Over the summer months, they can be found flying around …

  • Around the World

    Updates from Roots & Shoots activities around the world

  • Mission Update

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

    Dancing Against the Tide of Plastic

    To help educate the school and local community about plastic waste the eco committee decided to do an awareness raising campaign. They came up with an idea of students performing a dance around the theme of plastic. Thirty – three students rose to the challenge and with help from dance teacher Mrs. Wainwright they performed their ‘Plastic Waste’ themed dance on Peel Beach. The local community was invited to watch along with the Minister from the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture. The students filmed the event and put together …

  • News from HQ

    All the latest from Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

    Featured Activity: Rubbish Charts

    This activity is one of our My Local Area Activities and is based around a local area litterpick.

    Litter can be found everywhere. It is a danger to wildlife, as well as being unsightly. In this activity, you and your students will pick a suitable local area (this might be a beach if you are by the sea, a park or recreation area, or even the centre of town), carry out a combined litter pick and survey and use the results …

  • 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

    Let the Earth be your Classroom

    Looking for a great way to get your students active, inspired by and connected to nature?

    Thanks to our wonderful partnership with Earthwatch, we can help you make that happen!

    Book now on an Earthwatch Teach Earth team – get to play in the woods for a weekend; enjoy sharing stories and ideas, in the ancient Oxfordshire Woodlands of Lytham; contribute to hand-on science which you can replicate in your school ground; learn practical skills and have the chance to camp beneath the stars in the ancient Wytham Woods or an environmental field …

  • Around the World

    Updates from Roots & Shoots activities around the world

  • Mission Update

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

    Trash Plastic Day at Damers First School

    Trash Plastic Day took place on Friday 11th May. It was part of the school’s campaign to achieve Plastic Free Status. The whole school took part with many film clips being shown about what plastic can do to our wild life as well as the environment. Children came up with many ideas about what they could use instead of  plastic.  For example stainless steel or paper straws, compostable cutlery, reusable stainless steel bottles and lunchboxes.
    We will be working together as a school to become plastic free. Steps have …

  • News from HQ

    All the latest from Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

    Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Brochure Spring 2018

    One of the questions I get asked the most when travelling and speaking around the world is ‘How can you still have hope?’ The challenging part to this is not the actual question, which is loaded with implication, but the fact that it is our young people who are asking it.

    Indeed, on a recent school visit with a 500 member audience, I decided to take the initiative myself and ask them the question. Only two people raised their hands. The school I was speaking …

  • 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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