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

    Join us for SKYPE In the Classroom for a live chat with Dr. Jane!

    Hello Roots & Shoots Friends!

    We’re excited to partner with @SkypeClassroom for TWO FREE LIVE broadcasts with our very own Dr. Jane! Following the broadcast, Dr. Jane will be available to take viewer’s questions via Skype! (More information about submitting questions can be found by visiting the event page linked below!
    Join us for …

  • Around the World

    Updates from Roots & Shoots activities around the world

    Join us for SKYPE In the Classroom for a live chat with Dr. Jane!

    Hello Roots & Shoots Friends!

    We’re excited to partner with @SkypeClassroom for TWO FREE LIVE broadcasts with our very own Dr. Jane! Following the broadcast, Dr. Jane will be available to take viewer’s questions via Skype! (More information about submitting questions can be found by visiting the event page linked below!
    Join us for …

  • 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

    Join us for SKYPE In the Classroom for a live chat with Dr. Jane!

    Hello Roots & Shoots Friends!

    We’re excited to partner with @SkypeClassroom for TWO FREE LIVE broadcasts with our very own Dr. Jane! Following the broadcast, Dr. Jane will be available to take viewer’s questions via Skype! (More information about submitting questions can be found by visiting the event page linked below!
    Join us for …

  • 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

    Good news stories!

    It’s easy to get down about things; bad news seems to be everywhere and it’s hard to stay hopeful. But if you look beyond the doom and gloom, there are actually lots of uplifting stories out there that’ll show that things are getting better, and people have to power to immense good.

    This selection of stories demonstrate just that. They are uplifting, triumphant, hopefull and happy. We can make things better, we can make a difference, we can and should have hope. And with hope comes action, and that’s something we …

  • 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

    Celebrate Dr Jane’s landmark 85th Birthday and help us continue her legacy!

    On April 3, our founder Dr. Jane Goodall will celebrate her 85th birthday!

    With the special day just around the corner, Roots & Shoots around the world will be taking part in Global celebrations. It’s the perfect opportunity to recognise and reflect on years spent helping people, animals and the environment.

    Please join us in honouring Dr Goodall’s work, and more importantly, contribute to her on-going legacy.  There will be a very special prize for the school that raises the most funds for …

  • 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

    7 simple things you can do to live a greener life

    Reducing the impact you have on the planet doesn’t have to be hard: there are plenty of small but important changes you can make to the way you live that can help.

    If we ALL made those changes, think of how big a change that would make!

    1. Walk or cycle

    Sustrans have lots of resources for planning cycle and walking routes to school https://www.sustrans.org.uk/

    When it comes to travelling from A to B, for …

  • 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

    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
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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