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A step-by-step guide to submitting and completing a project report.

A new resource to help educators visualize a timeline for their Roots & Shoots service campaigns.

Stewart M., a member of the 2015 NYLC, reflects on the group’s accomplishments in 2015 and how he has grown through his participation.

by Anne Gilliland-Cheek
Educator and graduate student
Miami University and Denver Zoo Project Dragonfly 

Western Connecticut State University continues a legacy of environmental commmunity work.

In partnership with the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) in Costa Rica, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is offering one scholarship...

Broadway Producer Lindsay Meck revives her old play about Dr. Jane and brings it to the Roots & Shoots community.

Latest Buzz

Congratulations to Boynton Beach Community High School teacher Suzanne Williamson who is receiving a full scholarship to participate in the Organization for Tropical Studies' Inquiry in Rain Forests course in Costa Rica this summer. Suzanne was selected for this opportunity based on her excellent performance in the 2015 Roots & Shoots free online course. Registration for the 2016 online course, Growing Compassionate Leaders opens next week. Learn more:
[VIDEO] Let U.S. NYLC member Olivia show you how her group used the #RootsandShoots Formula to build an organic school garden at Sacred Heart Elementary School in Kingston, MA.
Lauren Gibson Stanford, California Founder, Carmel Green Teen Micro-Grant Program Years Involved with Roots & Shoots: 2009-2014 Position(s): Great Lakes and U.S. National Youth Leadership Council, NYLC Representative to Roots & Shoots Canada "Before joining Roots & Shoots as an eighth grader, I felt disheartened and intimidated by the world and the problems it faces. Although I cared about people, animals, and the environment, I neither had the awareness that one young person like me could have a significant impact on the world nor the knowledge on how to make that positive impact. Roots & Shoots changed all that. Roots & Shoots gave me the realization that each individual makes a difference, the inspiration to want to change the world, the skills to work towards positive change, and the network of incredible Roots & Shoots members and staff people to support me along the way. Because of Roots & Shoots, I now run a small nonprofit, pursue environmental science at university, and work every day towards creating a more sustainable world. I know that I can and do make a difference." Read more #RootsandShoots stories:
Roots & Shoots groups, are you planning to celebrate Endangered Species Day on Friday? Tell us what your group has planned in the comments. Use this map to find an event near you.
BIG NEWS. We've announced the dates of the 3rd Roots & Shoots FREE online course for educators, group leaders, and lifelong learners. Join us, and special guest educator Dr. Jane Goodall, June 27 - July 31 for Growing Compassionate Leaders: Empowering Youth Through Service in Education. Learn more and save your seat at
We're sharing the stories of young people who are making a huge difference for the animals they care about. Roots & Shoots U.S. National Youth Leadership Council member Olivia Colombo met an amazing thirteen-year-old named Taegen Yardley who has taken her fight to protect elephants to the Vermont State House. Read Olivia's Interview with Taegen...
Nine-year-old #RootsandShoots student Bria is making a huge difference for endangered animals, one gorgeous painting at a time. Read all about Bria and her project, Faces Of The Endangered, on Dr. Jane Goodall's Good For All News!
Sending our love and gratitude to teachers everywhere and especially the #RootsandShoots teachers who are growing the next generation of #JaneGoodall. Happy #TeacherAppreciationWeek!
Dr. Jane Goodall's Facebook hit 900,000 likes and we're celebrating :) Click to hear Dr. Jane's video message about why social media is one of her reasons for hope. AND, enter the contest to win a prize!! ENTER HERE:
Committed to increasing compassion for all? Then the Institute for Humane Education's online #humaneed programs, accredited through Valparaiso University, could be for you. Summer 2016 application deadlines for the M.Ed., M.A. or Certificate program is May 5. #BeASolutionary apply today: