Roots & Shoots - Jane Goodall
  • 70


    Roots & Shoots projects funded across Canada*
  • 6320


    Young people in Canada have been engaged in Roots & Shoots projects*
  • 10266


    Hours youth have spent on active projects*
  • 420


    Educators have been trained on the Roots & Shoots method*

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots began in 1991 when Dr. Jane met with 12 Tanzanian high school students who wanted to tackle urgent problems in their community. Since that meeting, Roots & Shoots groups have multiplied many times over and can now be found in more than 50 countries around the world.

Roots & Shoots focuses on Jane Goodall’s inspirational message of hope, reminding participants that every individual is important and every individual can make a difference. Through a unique 4-step program, educators lead youth from inspiration; to mapping their community for sustainability issues for people, animals and the environment; to taking action to solve those issues; and then celebrating the impact they have made. Through this journey, youth are engaged to take action on sustainability issues and become compassionate leaders.

Find out more about our newest youth initiatives, including Sustainable Food,Friends of the Watershed and Uncovering Common Ground.


When you join the global network of Roots & Shoots groups, you become part of a movement of young people who are changing the world, one community at a time.


Through experiential learning that promotes leadership skills, team building and critical thinking, Roots & Shoots equips young people to become agents of community change. We offer resources and training so that you can bring Roots & Shoots programming to your class or school.


We have videos, toolkits and more to get you started on your Roots & Shoots journey to change the world one community at a time.

Project Funding

We offer project funding once a year. You can apply for Roots & Shoots project funding up to $1000 to support your community action project.


*Numbers identified at the top of the page are based on JGI 2019 fiscal year reporting.
Metrics are gathered from teacher surveys and JGI staff reporting. 

Photo credits, top to bottom: Ophir Sarusi (first three), Kylie Adams, Madeleine Prendiville