Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Awards recognise achievements in helping people, animals and the environment.

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots has three overall awards categories. The first, general, category gives bronze, silver and gold awards to the best school projects to commend your hard work. The second category is the prestigious The Jane Goodall Award for Individual Endeavour sponsored by Quest Overseas, and our third category is for Best Photographic Entry.

This year each of the winning schools at the Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Annual Awards will receive a free 12 month subscription to National Geographic Kids magazine, and a copy of the brilliant new Weird But True 2018 Annual from National Geographic Kids books, packed with the planet’s wackiest facts and strangest true stories!

What are the Prizes for the General Awards Category?

Bronze Award

All schools that submit a project post will automatically be eligible for a Bronze Award certificate personalised with the details of your school.

Silver Award

Projects that show special merit and initiative will be awarded a personalised Silver Award certificate. Both Bronze and Silver award winners will be considered for Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Annual Award and you may be invited to attend the prestigious Awards Ceremony in March.

Gold Award

Projects that incorporate work on all three aspects of Roots & Shoots will be awarded a personalised Gold Award certificate. The schools who have submitted these projects will be automatically invited to the Roots & Shoots Annual Award Ceremony in March where students will have the opportunity to present their projects and meet Dr. Jane Goodall in person before an overall winner is announced.

How do I submit a project entry?

To submit a project for consideration, simply register and log-in to the Roots & Shoots website and post a story for your school. You can post as many project updates as you wish! You can see examples of previous posts in our Mission Updates section. If you are having trouble posting your story then drop us a line at or ring us on 020 7078 4064 and we will help you through the process of making your first post.

Remember, your projects need to demonstrate how you have made a practical, positive difference to either people, or animals, or the environment. If you can show how you have helped to make the world a better place for one or even two of the above, then you will be eligible for a bronze or silver award. If however, you wish to be considered for a Gold Award you must demonstrate that you have made a positive difference to all three aspects – for people, animals and the environment.

How do I Enter the Photographic Competition

Schools are invited to submit photographs on the theme of “Making a Difference”. Each pupil can submit only one photograph and these should be emailed to

By submitting a photograph to the competition you are granting The Jane Goodall Institute the right to display that photograph on our websites, in written material (including, but not exclusive to, the Roots & Shoots newsletter) and on the The Jane Goodall Institute’s social media accounts.

The Jane Goodall Award for Individual Endeavour

Nominees to have shown exceptional personal endeavour and contribution throughout a class project. The nominating teacher must be willing to submit a testimonial concerning the nominee and be willing to provide evidence, if necessary, to support this. The nominated individual will by their own efforts, have made a difference to the lives of their fellow humans, animals, and to the environment. Pupils must be nominated by the link teacher. If you would like to nominate one of your pupils for this award, please email Jasmina Marcheva at with full details.

This year the Jane Goodall Award for Individual Endeavour is sponsored by overseas volunteering organisation Quest Overseas.


The winner of this award will be invited to join a Quest Overseas’ team on one of their summer projects in South America or Africa. All programme costs in country are covered by the award, a prize worth around £2,000. Find out more about the award here.

National Geographic Kids Magazine Sponsors Most Outstanding Photograph Award at the Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Annual Awards


National Geographic Kids is an exciting monthly magazine, which gives boys and girls a whole new way to learn about and explore their world. Packed with features, posters, puzzles, quizzes and exciting things to make and do, NG Kids is a great resource for children, parents and teachers.

The Roots & Shoots finalists will each win a one-year magazine subscription for their school to enjoy.

Plus, the lucky Winner of the Most Outstanding Photograph will also get the chance to become a NG Kids’ reporter for a day!  They will spend the morning at NG Kids’ HQ, meet the team and find out how the magazine is created, before heading off on a special assignment as their guest reporter. The Winner will then be asked to submit a short report on the experience, which will be published on the NG Kids website!

Please send your photos to

Jasmina Georgovska


Good Luck!

RSPCA Sponsors Most Outstanding Group Award at the Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Annual Awards

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has been looking out for animals, since 1824.

Their vision is to work for a world in which all humans respect and live in harmony with all other members of the animal kingdom.

Every day, with the help of their members and generous supporters, they take steps to achieve their mission. From rescuing a stranded deer to changing the law.

The Most Outstanding Group Winner will have the opportunity to visit the RSPCA’s Mallydams Wood Education Centre and woodland in East Sussex. Winners will spend the day finding out how to care for animals and how the RSPCA make a difference to animals lives throughout England and Wales.

After a short briefing and introduction to the site, the winners will explore the woods and take part in games and trails all about wildlife and companion animals. They will try their hand at an animal health check and take part in a Great Animal Debate about the issues they think are most important in animal welfare today.

It is a fantastic opportunity for these young people to experience and get an insight into what action they can take to help animals throughout their life!!


Good Luck!

The Roots & Shoots Team

Kew Gardens’ Grow Wild programme Sponsors Most Outstanding Group in touch with nature Award at the Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Annual Awards

Tour the world largest ‘fungarium’
This prize offers unique access to over 1.2m fungal specimens from around the world at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in West London.

Two teachers and four students will join a fungi curator and enthusiast to discover how fungus continues to change our lives – ever more so as new species and properties are discovered. Read more about Kew’s fungarium here:

This prize also offer free access to RBG Kew, a world famous centre for botanical and mycological knowledge and London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage site.

Garden access and the tour will be available on one date during spring or summer 2018 by arrangement with the winning school.

The school will be greeted by the Grow Wild team, RBG Kew’s award-winning national learning initiative (

Good luck!

the Roots & Shoots team

People Tree Sponsors Roots & Shoots Ethical Fashion Show

People Tree is a Pioneer in Ethical and Sustainable fashion respecting both people and the planet. Design and craftsmanship remains at the core of the brand whilst People Tree actively supports approximately 4,500 farmers, producers and artisans through 34 Fair Trade producer groups, in 13 countries. https://

Thank you People Tree!!

the Roots & Shoots Team

Who is eligible for an award?

Any member school submitting a project for consideration is eligible. If you are not a member then you can sign up today – a relevant project your school may already be doing can then be considered for an award.

We have already received an award for a previous entry. Can we enter again?

Yes! Please continue to enter. You can tell us more about your original project – perhaps how it has evolved over the course of a year or term, or tell us about a completely different initiative.

Award Top Tips

To be eligible for a Silver or Gold Award Certificate, you will want to include the following in your activity description:

  • A description of the project, why did you choose it and what success have you had?
  • How does it benefit people, animals and/or the environment?
  • Don’t forget to include relevant data such as visits made, items recycled, etc… so that we have some indication of the scope and scale of your project.
  • Illustrate your report with photos, drawings or collages. Take a photo of your best work and upload it onto the Roots & Shoots website!

Good luck!

How are the Roots & Shoots awards funded?

Roots & Shoots is a charitable organisation that is funded through donations. You can help to support the work of Roots & Shoots in the UK by making a donation, no matter how small. The easiest way to donate to the Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots programme UK online is by using Virgin Money Giving. This can be a one off donation for any amount you want (every pound helps!) or if you prefer you can set up a regular, monthly donation.

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