YOUth Are Changing the World For the Better, Right Now!


Roots & Shoots is a program for young people to help all living things and to take action to make the world a better place. Dr. Jane Goodall started Roots & Shoots as a program of the Jane Goodall Institute in 1991, when a group of young people in Tanzania expressed feeling frustrated by the problems facing the world and wanted to do something about it. Because she believes that young people can have a huge positive impact on our planet, Roots & Shoots was born, and now exists in nearly 100 countries all over the globe! The Roots & Shoots website is currently down (it should be back within the next week!), in the meantime we’ve constructed this one-stop-shop for all your Roots & Shoots info and needs! Explore below:

Online Course

Join Roots & Shoots for an action-oriented online teacher professional development course! This course will teach participants how to identify and implement a local service-learning campaign using the Roots & Shoots program model. The service learning curriculum equips participants with teacher resources to discover the differences between service-learning and community service, and apply the Roots & Shoots model to help youth have a voice in identifying and addressing needs in their community.

At Roots & Shoots, our goal is to develop compassionate citizens to make the world a better place for people, other animals and the environment.

The course is FLEXIBLE and FREE. The 5-week course runs year-round so you can take it when it’s convenient for you. Course participants spend an average of 4-5 hours a week completing lessons and activities before the next week begins.

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1-Click Campaigns

Our 1-click campaigns are designed to help you take action immediately for people, animals, and the environment! Do one campaign or do them all…then design your own! Whether it’s adding your name to a petition to end wildlife trafficking, participating in a mobile phone recycling campaign, or sharing information about the detrimental effects of palm oil with your friends and family, these 1-click actions will give you the ability to make a impact with the touch of a button! Every action makes a difference, get started today!

Join a Roots & Shoots Community on Facebook

Learn more about each group and click to join the ones that speak to you. Every issue that matters to you is here for you to learn about, participate in discussing, and get inspired with projects large and small, all making a profound impact to improve well-being for people, animals and the environment. Join one or every group ranging from Wildlife Trafficking, Industrial Agriculture, Invasive Species & Biodiversity Loss, Peace & Conflict, and many more…

Find the Roots & Shoots Facebook group for you! 

How do I design a project?

Not sure where to start? Check out our Roots & Shoots toolkit. It covers our easy 4-step formula and LOTS of great information to help you get inspired and take action!


The Jane Goodall Institute is a global community conservation organization that advances the vision and work of Dr. Jane Goodall. By protecting chimpanzees and inspiring people to conserve the natural world we all share, we improve the lives of people, animals and the environment. Everything is connected—everyone can make a difference.

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About Author

Ashley Sullivan is the Director of Storytelling & Marketing for Communications & Partnerships at the Jane Goodall Institute USA, where she works to connect individuals with Dr. Jane Goodall's vision, and the JGI mission to create a better world for all by protecting the interconnections between people, other animals, and the environment. Ashley graduated Stony Brook University with a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology and a minor in Biology, and is pursuing a Master's of Science in Environmental Science & Policy at Johns Hopkins University with a focus on Environmental Justice. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, now a D.C. resident, she has a varied background including 10+ years of expert communications and digital marketing in the social and environmental non-profit sector. Her intersectional approach to this work has been shaped by a holistic world-view, having traveled to Madagascar and Ecuador for conservation research projects, leading communications for youth social justice filmmaking organizations, and as a part of several professional groups advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in environmental spaces including Greens REALIGN. With skills ranging from conservation fieldwork, policy and advocacy campaigns, strategic communications, art, digital media, and design, Ashley believes in sharing information to empower and in the magic of storytelling to transform hearts and minds. Through growing understanding, empathy, and justice, she is igniting positive change to create that better, more equitable world, every day.