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 £500 for your creative project!

    Aged 14-25? Get funding and support to lead a creative project inspired by wildflowers or fungi… Boost your CV, confidence and skills.

    Kew’s Grow Wild programme is offering £500 grants that put you in charge to do something great in your community. Projects should be creative, actively engage other people, and be inspired by UK native wildflowers or fungi. Beyond that, anything is up for grabs!

    The deadline is the 1st April 2019, so get planning and apply soon! Applications will be assessed by a panel of young people. Successful applicants will …

  • Around the World

    Updates from Roots & Shoots activities around the world

    Spectacular achievements showcased in the awards this year!

    On the 20th January, at the luxurious Park Hyatt hotel in Abu Dhabi, UAE,  teachers and students arrived eager and excited to start preparing for their Awards displays.

    Roots & Shoots and the Environment Agency- Abu Dhabi teams arrived shortly after, followed by the rest of the guests and made their way towards the display area admiring various projects done by the students. Some of the projects included planting trees, school cafeteria initiatives to ban usage of cutleries, informative presentations on banning animal cruelty, inspiring art representing endangered species, reusing and …

  • Mission Update

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

    Fruit Bats & Koala Bears

    Australia had 75,000 speckled flying-foxes – or fruit bats as they’re also called – before the most recent heat wave in November 2018, where temperatures surpassed 42C in Cairns, wiping out one-third of the population. As the biggest bats in the world with a wing span of up to 1.7m, these sweet and intriguing looking mammals are well worth some consideration.
    Bats carry diseases that can be harmful to humans, but they also play …

  • News from HQ

    All the latest from Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

    Young people rise to the challenge to help save our planet

    Inspired by conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall, young people from Roots & Shoots groups across the UK gathered at the Barbican Centre in London to celebrate the 2019 Roots & Shoots UK Awards.
    This annual awards ceremony highlights the achievements of groups and individuals who have done amazing things to help people, animals and the environment as part of the global Roots & Shoots community founded by Dr. Jane Goodall.
    “Yesterday was a real landmark for Roots & Shoots,” commented Tara Golshan, executive director …

  • 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

    Discovering Teach Earth

    Earthwatch have been working with Roots & Shoots since 2010 offering teachers and educators who have shown outstanding contributions in the Awards Programme, fully funded places on our Teach Earth training weekends. We are thrilled to once again be supporting this fantastic programme by offering another 3 places on our Teach Earth weekends in 2019.

    On our Teach Earth weekends, you’ll learn about outdoor experiments through citizen science. The training aims to improve teacher confidence in outdoor learning through providing structured and robust real-science activities which you can share with your students. …

  • 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 – Signing up businesses to Plastic Free Dorchester

    Some children from Damers First school spent their Saturday morning going around businesses in Dorchester to encourage them to remove three single use plastics from their business and support #Plasticfreedorchester The children had help and support from Mayor David Taylor and Town Councillor Janet Hewitt. They managed to sign up 30 business in 2 hours! A fantastic effort by all the children and adults involved. A huge thank you to David Taylor and Janet Hewitt for coming along to help the children with their #Plasticfreedorchester campaign.

  • News from HQ

    All the latest from Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

    Get £500 for your creative project!

    Aged 14-25? Get funding and support to lead a creative project inspired by wildflowers or fungi… Boost your CV, confidence and skills.

    Kew’s Grow Wild programme is offering £500 grants that put you in charge to do something great in your community. Projects should be creative, actively engage other people, and be inspired by UK native wildflowers or fungi. Beyond that, anything is up for grabs!

    The deadline is the 1st April 2019, so get planning and apply soon! Applications will be assessed by a panel of young people. Successful applicants will …

  • 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

    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

  • Mission Update

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

    Damers First School – The dangers of balloons on our wildlife

    Annabel and Vin from Don’t Inflate to Celebrate https://balloonsblow.org/ came to talk to the whole of year 3 about the dangers of balloons and how they can cause harm to the wildlife. They showed the children what happens when a balloon bursts and turns into what looks like a jellyfish. Animals then think this is food and eat it which can then harm them.

    They also read the children a story called Marli’s Tangled Tale about the dangers of balloons. Year 3 will be using this book in their Literacy lessons …

  • News from HQ

    All the latest from Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

    Discovering Teach Earth

    Earthwatch have been working with Roots & Shoots since 2010 offering teachers and educators who have shown outstanding contributions in the Awards Programme, fully funded places on our Teach Earth training weekends. We are thrilled to once again be supporting this fantastic programme by offering another 3 places on our Teach Earth weekends in 2019.

    On our Teach Earth weekends, you’ll learn about outdoor experiments through citizen science. The training aims to improve teacher confidence in outdoor learning through providing structured and robust real-science activities which you can share with your students. …

  • 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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