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

    Antarctica: not just an icy wasteland

    It’s a vast continent that pretty much everyone has heard of. It’s mostly snowy and white, it has penguins, and reaching the south pole at its centre is one of the big adventures that many explorers aim for.

    But there’s a lot more to this fascinating continent than that!

    Check out Discovering Antarctica, a great resource for schools
    Who lives in the ice? An Ice World Activity
    How to help wildlife over winter

     
    Does anything live in Antarctica?

    Yes! Lots of …

  • Around the World

    Updates from Roots & Shoots activities around the world

    Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots UAE Newsletter Winter 2018

    Dear Members,

    As we approach the end of another busy, but productive year, it’s always wise to take a few moments of reflection out of our demanding schedules.

    We lead such hectic lives these days that we often miss the things that are right in front
    of us. Technology, for all its advances, hasn’t helped this process. More often than not, it has indeed added to …

  • Mission Update

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

    National Nest Box Week

    In preparation for National Nest Box Week starting tomorrow, aka Valentine’s Day, until 21st February, I focused last weeks’ workshop on British Bird Conservation. One in four birds in the UK are now on the Red List of Conservation Concern and some of these; puffins, turtle doves, pochards and Slavonian grebes are nearing worldwide extinction. Bird life in the UK needs help, but that’s not to say that the 67 Red Listed birds are not beyond hope; we can help turn their fortunes around with a little love and care….

  • News from HQ

    All the latest from Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

    Grow fungus with Grow Wild UK!

    Grow fungus with us!

    Do you have the skills to grow fungi and produce edible mushrooms? Can you get a team of five together that has what it takes?

    Already, over 7,000 workplace and school teams have joined Kew’s @GrowWildUK campaign.

    Apply today for your free grow-your-own ‘fungus lab’: https://www.growwilduk.com/form/grow-fungus-us?utm_source=RandS&utm_campaign=funguslab.

    You could even battle against other teams…

  • 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

    Grow fungus with Grow Wild UK!

    Grow fungus with us!

    Do you have the skills to grow fungi and produce edible mushrooms? Can you get a team of five together that has what it takes?

    Already, over 7,000 workplace and school teams have joined Kew’s @GrowWildUK campaign.

    Apply today for your free grow-your-own ‘fungus lab’: https://www.growwilduk.com/form/grow-fungus-us?utm_source=RandS&utm_campaign=funguslab.

    You could even battle against other teams…

  • Around the World

    Updates from Roots & Shoots activities around the world

  • Mission Update

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

    Recycling Discovery Centre visit

    The average household in the UK produces more than a shocking tonne of waste every year. Put together, this comes to a total of 25 million tonnes per year (data from 2014)*, equivalent to the weight of three million double-decker buses, a queue of which would go around the world two. Four fifth of this amount is produced in England.

    Less than half of this amount of waste is currently recycled. (In 2016 recycling rate for England was 44.9%, compared with 43.0% in Northern Ireland, 42.8% in Scotland and 57.3% in Wales)*. This amount needs …

  • News from HQ

    All the latest from Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

    Roots & Shoots partners again with Grow Wild!!

    Transform your school with free wildflower seeds
    Bring the benefits of wildflowers to your school
     

    The Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots programme is supporting Grow Wild to get people growing wildflowers together – and your school is invited to be part of this huge campaign!

    Grow Wild is giving your school the opportunity to apply for a free wildflower seed kit with everything you need to get sowing and growing with your students.

    Apply Now for using their online form. Or visit the Grow Wild website to find out more.

    Already, 30,000 …

  • 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

    Veganuary hints and tips

    Veganuary is an annual event that encourages people to try veganism for the whole month of January, hence the name!


    What is veganism?
    Veganism is a lifestyle and belief system that holds that all animal life is precious and valuable, and therefore humans should not do anything to harm or affect any and all animals.

     

    Most people know that vegans …

    Over Farm produce: The vegetables and fruits even have their "Food Miles" on display for the discerning shopper. By Jonathan Billinger [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia 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!

    Coral Reef Conservation

    The ocean is the largest ecosystem on earth and as such, it’s effectively earth’s life support system. It absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reduces the impact of climate change, so the diversity and productivity of our oceans is crucial for human survival. But as we know, they’re in need of our attention, not just because of plastic pollution, but from rising ocean temperatures which are as a direct result of global warming.
    At 1,400 miles long, the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland in north eastern Australia, …

  • News from HQ

    All the latest from Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

    Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots UAE Newsletter Winter 2018

    Dear Members,

    As we approach the end of another busy, but productive year, it’s always wise to take a few moments of reflection out of our demanding schedules.

    We lead such hectic lives these days that we often miss the things that are right in front
    of us. Technology, for all its advances, hasn’t helped this process. More often than not, it has indeed added to …

  • 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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