Celebrating 20 years of Nature Conservation

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Kids & Nature International Grants


Children in Shanghai caring for seedlings they are planting as a part of an organic gardening program at their school.

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots program is comprised of thousands of young people of all ages inspired by Dr. Jane Goodall to work at making the world a better place. The program builds on the legacy and vision of Dr. Jane Goodall, and her passion for exploring and protecting nature, to empower young people to create practical solutions to big challenges facing our environment, people and animals. The program has reached young people in more than 140 countries around the globe and has inspired young people to explore their local environment as Dr. Goodall explored the forests of Gombe National Park, and launch their own projects to protect it.

Through the Disney Conservation Fund, the Jane Goodall Institute has helped Roots & Shoots reach more young people through 15 projects being led by the institute’s international affiliates in 13 countries around the world. These projects focus on leveraging the Roots & Shoots model to create meaningful experiences for kids in nature. They range from “urban safaris” encouraging young people to explore the environment around them, to learning about organic gardening and greening their communities, to meeting wildlife face to face and learning about the challenges facing their populations. The countries include Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, China (Beijing and Shanghai), Democratic Republic of Congo, France, Hong Kong, Republic of Congo, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom, and the United States.

About Author

Shawn Sweeney is a senior director of community engagement at the Jane Goodall Institute and works to create connections among the organizations staff, constituents, supporters and the wider world. Shawn has been involved with the Jane Goodall Institute since 2004 when as a college student he led a group of fellow students in Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots at the College of Wooster. Shawn has a masters of education in humane education and has been working in service learning and communications with the Jane Goodall Institute since 2007 when he joined the staff.