Check out this year’s Roots & Shoots community projects.
Restoring Our Planet
Our high school students are planning to connect with the Six Nations Youth Council to develop a cultural exchange day. The students will work together to plan a session on understanding traditional approaches to respecting the earth, co-develop plan to restore this, leading to climate action.
Pollinator Garden Expansion
Over the past two years, students have been researching, designing, and planting stock tank planters, and in-ground garden beds for Native Pollinators. We would like to further expand this initiative, increasing the biodiversity within our low-income community and connecting students with nature.
Self sustaining thermal nutrient hub
Fredericton, New Brunswick
A student competition for rural high school students to create an enclosed rabbit hutch, chicken coop, and greenhouse. This enclosed system will support northern communities and address food security.
The project is divided into three components: garden boxes for vegetables and herbs, an addition to the already existing fruiting trees and a pollinator maze. In addition to the three major components, the plan will also include the extension of the existing outdoor classroom.
We are planning to paint an indigenous themed mural in our school library with the help of a local indigenous artist.
Student-led Climate Data Logger Research Project
Head of Chezzetcook, Nova Scotia
Science students at Prince Andrew High School in Dartmouth, NS learn about climate change and UN Sustainable Development Goal #13: take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact through student-led research project to monitor climate change, using technology developed by the students.
Will set up mini greenhouse and grow peas, carrott, corn to expose children to health lunch option
Little greenhouse will be set up in early spring to grow spinack, peas, carrott and corn. Children from pk to g8 will involve in growing these veggiese. Fresh produce will be used for snack time at elementary school.
Three Sisters Garden (Sustainable Indigenous Food Garden)
Phase One of our project involves creating a Three Sisters Garden so that our students will have the opportunity to learn about Indigenous land teachings by working with the land in a sustainable way, using foods native to the region, and working in partnership with Indigenous knowledge keepers.
Artesian’s Three Sisters Garden
Plant a school garden that includes Haudenosaunee teachings. Start a school-wide composting initiative over the winter months to produce compost for the garden. Include rain barrels to water the gardens over the growing months.
Students in grade 2 have determined their action plan of planting trees to help with the devastation from the Winnipeg Storm in mid October. After going on a community walk, they noticed many trees were broken and needed to be replaced. This sparked their curiosity on how to help our community.
Walpole Island First Nation, Ontario
Minopkowd (“It tastes good”) will introduce healthy traditional indigenous foods and harvesting practices to youth. Through exchanges with elders, students can reconnect and restore their relationships with the natural world, understanding of traditional foods, and preserving ancestral way of life.
SCWIST Indigenous Culture Workshop Series
Burnaby, British Columbia
The SCWIST Indigenous Culture Workshop Series will be a youth-led after school program taking place in Smithers, B.C. intended to promote culture exchange and give hands on learning opportunities for young students interested in learning more about indigenous life.
Composting paper towels and snack garbage into school composting bins. We hope to add the composted material into the soil to enrich our gardens and grow vegetables that we can harvest for school and the community.
Moving Towards Reconciliation
Students proposed planting more trees within our community. There have been a huge loss of trees due to the Dutch Elm Disease in the past few years. The students would like to restore and reconnect to the trees in their environment.
AAM sustainable food garden
We will put in three 15 by 15 raised gardens in the south side of our school near the rain garden.
St. Basil’s Native Plant Garden
2 years ago with the generous support of the Jane Goodall Institute we created a native plant butterfly garden at our school. The endeavour was so positive that we would like a new group of students to have the opportunity to research, design, and plant an extension to the existing garden.
What are We Going to Do About That?
We will compost, recycle, reuse and learn more ways to make our planet more sustainable right now for the future.
save the earth
Help the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada save the environment and the animals that surround us
Lord Selkirk Cares
Students in grade 5 in room 32 have identified a need in their community to help those who are less fortunate(homeless). We plan to raise fund and contact local businesses for donations to help provide some joy and necessity items for others.
Mildred Hall School Community Garden
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Growing our school-community gardening program: we currently have 7 plots for the students, and about 10 more available for community members who come from low-income housing. I would like to expand to see all students at school learning about sustainable food through being part of growing our own!
Healthy Schools Salad Bar
In order to encourage healthy eating and choosing sustainable food options within our school, we will be hosting a biweekly salad bar program, working with ingredients grown from our garden.
School Food Sustainability Project
Stein Valley Nlakapamux School, British Columbia
This project is designed to have students lead small and large scale sustainability initiatives. This will include everything from animal husbandry such as Poultry raising and harvesting all the way to agricultural projects such as a green house.
After going for a community walk, students in grade 2 at Lord Selkirk School noticed the devastating effects of a recent snowstorm that hit Winnipeg in mid October. They wonder how they can give back to the community and save the trees that were harmed.
Our project works toward bring awareness of the importance of Butterflies in respect to sustainability of food through pollination. We will attain this by raising and releasing painted lady butterflies. We will also be growing plants to provide them a food source for when they are released.
What’s In Our Lunch?
Students have identified that there is a lot of litter generated from their lunches. Students will identify and implement ways to reduce the amount of litter generated by their lunches.
Engaging Rural Northern Ontario Students in Decolonization Activities through Land-based Learning with Local First Nations
Terrace Bay, Ontario
The focus of this project is to engage students, including FNMI students, with local Eders from Pays Plat First Nations to participate in traditional Land-based learning activities that focus on indigenous perspectives in science, 94 calls to action, and decolonization activities.
Let Us Grow!
Students will develop a classroom hydroponic system with the guidance of their teacher to grow nutritious food during the winter months that can be harvested to make healthy meal options and be used as a springboard for raising awareness towards sustainable agriculture in MB and world hunger issues.
Sustainable Up cycled Sewing and Design
Creating useful daily items by up-cycling fabrics and previously used leathers that are re purposed.
Our proposed project would involve the building of a garden in our school yard, which the students would maintain and use as a learning area for the protection of endangered insects such as, the Monarch butterfly and the honey bee. This garden would also provide an area of wellness to our students.
Hungry Tiger’s project is to understand the importance of food waste and how to use environmental practices by implementing a school composter and planning a school community garden. Our school offers SHSM Hospitality & Tourism, all food scraps made can be used to compost and create local produce.
Edible School Yard Project
The project will involve creating a more functional garden space at Sinclair Laird Elementary School in Montréal. Students will be involved in each stage of the project. Existing garden boxes will be relocated, a shade structure will be installed and a shed with tools.
Indigenous Foods Insight
Vancouver (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm - Musquem Territory), British Columbia
Together with Blind Beginnings, this project aims to educate youth who are blind and partially sighted on the processes of preparing traditional Indigenous food and medicines. Elders who are experts in this area will deliver a hands-on workshop for the youth.
Greening Up Breakfast
To increase the ecological sustainability of our school’s breakfast program by eliminating the use of Styrofoam and increasing the quantity of locally-sourced food. (As we are mandated to spend as much as possible on food, we rely on the cheapest dishes: sadly Styrofoam and plastic).
The goal of our multicultural gardens is to invite families from diverse backgrounds into the school garden and for it to be a catalyst for positive intercultural connections. Teachers will be make use of the garden as an outdoor classroom, relating experiences and plants to curriculum.
Sustainable Food Systems and Storytelling
North York, Ontario
This project is to create free and accessible events in marginalized communities for youth to engage with sustainable food systems, learn about climate change and our role in it, and honours indigenous perspectives when discussing these issues.
Community Safe Space
We are creating a safe space within our community. This space will be located outside of the Flora House. We have been going on walks around our community & talking to community members who have inspired positive change. The safe space will include: a cultural mural, seating, sustainable garden.
Healthy Eating = Healthy Earth
Students will understand the connection between healthy eating habits (fresh, local, whole foods) and the health of the planet (sustainable growing practices, compostable vs plastic packaging) and take action by promoting, growing, and preparing healthy snack choices for students at Greenway School.
Voice Integrative School(VIS) Local 2Global Initiative
Elementary Students deepen their understanding of environmental issues in the world and work for concrete change through awareness raising workshops, activism and fundraising for a specific organization. Creating awareness, educating others and taking action! #visvoicesforchange
Coast Salish Harvesting and Crafts
Victoria, British Columbia
Students will work together to harvest native plants (stinging nettle, wild mint, licorice fern, oregon grapes, salal) to make tea, preserves and salve. They will connect with with the land and ancestors by making dreamcatchers with community members and indigenous role models on WSANEC territory.
The Ugly Fruit and Veggies Smoothies Project!!!
Burnaby, British Columbia
The goal of this project is to have elementary students understand the cycle of food waste and get them excited about how plant based foods versus animal protein foods are metabolized in our bodies and how it affects our energy, mood, and neuroplasticity brains.
100 Things To Do Before the End of the Year – An Environmental Bucket List
Kids created a list of 100 activities that are “Eco-Friendly” for people to do without affecting climate. The students will test all ideas, with the goal of making an online blog for people to access. Many activities emphasis positive food consumption and indigenous perspectives for our land.
Urban Community Composting
Our class would like to expand our school wide composting program to our surrounding community. We would like to host student lead information night with guest speakers.
Plastic water bottles
Raise awareness in the school about plastic bottles and harm to environment. Reach out to community partners to donate for bottle water filling stations.
Restoration and Exploration of a Vintage Soapstone Carving
To explore the story behind a 70 year old soapstone carving, to restore it if appropriate, and to share what was learnt with the school community.
Respecting the River
In Room 30 we have been discussing the dangers and negative effects the current state of the Red River and banks have on our surrounding community. Students are aware of pollution and people being found in the Red River. We hope to learn more about Drag the Red and take action!
Small Hands Can Change The World
Our Senior Kindergarten class is committed to raising awareness and helping our school and community develop proper recycling of single use batteries and cell phones. We also began collecting pop tabs for Poptabs for wheel chairs fund which helps Canadian children acquire wheel chairs.
Save Our Future
Our proposed action will be a design project with guidance from community partners and parents who bring an Indigenous perspective to taking action to mitigate climate change. Students will identify key climate-related issues in our community and design actionable solutions.
School Vegetable and Herb Garden
I run both the Eco Club and an after school cooking class at my school. We have created a butterfly garden but would like to add in vegetables and herbs which will be used for their science sustainability units and also harvested to support our cooking class.
Connecting the Community to Indigenous Ways of Knowing
Working with an indigenous nation to create signs for the community garden that include First Nations understanding of the space and language for community members to learn from. Elders will lead a smudging ceremony to validate the space and share an explanation of the importance of the knowledge.
Outdoor Classroom- Carbon Sequestration Project
We have begun to develop part of our school yard into an outdoor classroom. We have some of the hardscaping completed but are now looking to do the following… 1) Have an indigenous elder come and bless our space 2) Learn from the elder about native plants and those that sequester carbon well.
habitat for ornithology
Dear Dr. Jane Goodall, I want to apply for $1000 to make bird houses with my Girl Guides Unit. I want to make bird houses because a lot of birds are losing their homes because trees are being cut down and big winds are occurring due to climate change. Bird numbers are declining. From Hayden, …
Sharing Ecological Wisdom
Fenelon Falls, Ontario
Students are so excited to share their important ideas with the community. The Green Team and Eco Club plan to develop and install interpretive signs for gardens including a ‘Victory Garden’ that grows food for the local food bank, pollinator gardens, rain garden, heritage garden, & herb garden.
Xqwiyélltśem (means enjoy every morsel of a meal) Community Soup Hut
Salmon Arm BC Secwepmec territory, British Columbia
Creating a weekly community soup hut would offer nutritious meals to our more vulnerable students for free, and healthy lunch option for everyone else by donation. With direction from our Indigenous Education team, this program would involve community and teach life skills to our Indigenous students
Single Use Plastics
Community walk – we noticed straws, plastic bags and plastic bottles in Shoppers Drugmart and on the street – singleuse plastic Research on Winnipeg Recycling – field trip We will research sea turtles Make connections btn single use plastics to ocean Make our own soap resuseable plastic
Reusable Water Bottles
The school had a water bottle filling station installed over the summer and the students in recycling club have noticed a lot of single use water bottles in the bins and have proposed purchasing reusable bottles for every student in the building to eliminate the need for store bought water.
We will further develop our community garden accessible to our youth (12-18), their families, and local citizens. This project will allow youth to plan, organize and maintain a garden while learning key skills to continue gardening at home. We hope to foster an appreciation for food and garden.
Grade 5 Sustainable Food Activists
In order to reduce food waste, I have talked with lunch staff and they have said they would be happy to freeze leftover untouched bananas, carrots, oranges, apples from our lunch program into sealed bags. We will used these to make baked goods and reduce food waste.
Tree Renewal Elmwood
My grade one class has identified that their neighbourhood trees are being cut down or have been severely damaged by the fall 2019 ice/snow storm. We plan to plant and sell tree seedlings in our community in order to raise fund to buy and plant more mature urban trees throughout the prairie region
Soil Regeneation Project- Soil Carbon Crew, S.D.S.S.
The Soil Carbon Crew at Saugeen District Secondary School is expanding a soil regeneration area on the high school property. One goal is to sequester 4 per mill per year of carbon in this area, and to measure this progress. Another is to promote student knowledge and action on climate.
Our project is to focus on the power of bees as pollinators, within our community and their role in providing sustainable food sources. We would like to build gardens that attract bees, for years to come. Perennials and cucumbers attract bees & encourage bees to pollinate in our community.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Our Purpose is to create a Learning Garden for students to learn about local native plants in accordance with curriculum goals, as well as be exposed to plants with First Nations significance – to build cultural understanding, and learn plant significance and use by First Nations.
Courtyard Edible Landscape Classroom
We are continuing the revitalization of our courtyard by turning it into an edible learning landscape. Students will design and implement edible garden features into this area to help educate all students at our school. Students will design the signage and interpretive pathway with this development.
The Greenful Project (a play on “grateful” for greener practices)
We hope to host an interactive session to connect youth to sustainable food practices, including issues such as food insecurity & sovereignty. This will include how to buy, grow and cook their own sustainable meals while reducing their consumption and waste in the Peel Region.
Bee the North
A world without bees is a world without fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds. With the pollinator population in dangerous decline (due to pesticide use and loss of habitat), the project’s goal is to help save the bees which are essential to the global food supply.
Wellness Garden Project
Our class would build a wellness garden that promotes growing sustainable food, a learning opportunity about where our food can come from and have students working on a project that starts indoors and then moves outdoors to build something with our own hands.
Ottawa, Kars, Ontario
I work at a small elementary school in a small town outside of Ottawa, Ontario. There are no grocery stores near by. I would like to create a community garden with my school and involve the community is helping bring fresh fruit and veggies to this great little community.
Metlakatla Food Forest Project
prince rupert, British Columbia
Metlakatla is expanding its food program to increase our food security, fight climate change and become more sustainable community. We want to create a traditional Ts’msyen food forest, community orchard, and expand our greenhouse.
Seed to Seed, Closing the Circle
Baker Settlement, Nova Scotia
I plan to work with the children of grade 2-3 teaching them to save seeds from their favourite vegetable crops. We will select and gather seeds keeping in mind that farmers around the world always saved their own seeds until very recently. We will plant the seeds and learn how to Close the Circle.
Sustainable Indoor Garden
Mayo - Na-Cho Nyak Dun, Yukon
We propose to grow food in a hydroponics style garden for our lunch/snack program during the dark cold winter months. Once the sun gets strong again in March/April, we then hope to take advantage of our many south facing windows and begin growing in vertical gardens made from recycled materials.
Lord Selkirk School Healing Forest
We have identified that the amount of trees cut down and branchProject es fallen during the snowstorm have been a problem. The students are aware that trees are important for the community (people and animals). We planted one tree last year for our mini School Forest and want to continue growing it.
Feed the Birds
Create and maintain bird feeders for the local bird population throughout the winter.
Dana Street Community Garden 2020
We had a great growing year with 4 community, 4 shared herb/perennial, and 2 school beds. We are inviting 2 schools to join us. We would like to teach them about sustainable food, how easy it is to grow produce and how to share the responsibility of maintaining a garden for this coming 2020 season.
Ceremonial Fire Pit
Our students would like to create a fire pit by welding a round metal fire pit insert and metal supporting ring together for receiving fire teachings, holding community events, and deepening our ceremonial practices.
PlantTEAM@Champlain Heights Community Elementary School
Vancouver, British Columbia
PlantTEAM@Champlain Heights Community Elementary School wishes to: 1) connect urban learners (grades K – 7) with nature 2) build an awareness of a “pollinator” garden 3) encourage students to connect with plant life cycles 4) bring about a greater medicinal awareness of Indigenous plants
Edible Forest Garden
Students at Chelmsford Public School are committed to planting a food forest at the local community garden. This will include fruit trees, shrubs and plants. It fits well with their curriculum in science, social studies, community involvement and environmental stewardship.
We are proposing to purchase and build a greenhouse on school grounds next to our outdoor classroom. We would like to be able to grow organic, sustainable food throughout the year for our culinary classes and in-school cafeteria programs and show students how food gets from soil to mouth.
Indigenous outdoor wellness space
Youth engaged in the Indigenous Afterschool Club and Design Thinking classes will collaborate and research to design an outdoor learning space on our school property to facilitate land based learning, honouring Indigenous ways of knowing and increasing wellness.
Expanding our community gardens.Students grade 4-6, will work with our nursery/kindergarten. They will be learning how to grow ,transplant,weed and tend to a garden.Students are learning about growing cycles and harvesting practices.Local families then have knowledge how to tend and eat from them.
Northern Food Security
Vancouver, British Columbia
We are studying the factors that influence food security and sustainable agricultural practices this year. We have been invited to work alongside the Tr’ondek Hwëch’in First Nation Farm in Dawson City, Yukon. This farm recently was awarded the $1million Arctic Innovation Prize!
Restoring our connection to nature with an outdoor learning and gathering space
vancouver, British Columbia
Nightingale Elementary has a front courtyard that is primarily covered in cement. Our urban school wants to transform an unused area and restore it into beautiful outdoor classroom for all to use, and create a school Climate Club to be care-takers, and to take part in activities that matter to them.
Native Restoration of Southern School Grounds
Duncan, British Columbia
The southern portion of our school campus is forested but a large part is covered in invasive Scotch Broom and Himalayan Blackberry. We propose to have classes 6, 7 & 8 remove invasive species, and then school effort to replant with native plants lead by local First Nations community leaders.
Vertical Gardens and Greening
Our Student Council would like to take over a space in the Library Learning Commons to create a vertical garden to grow food that be fed to our students as part of our daily snack program and create a compost recycling station for food waste from the same program.
Traditional Plant Garden for Inner-City School
This youth-led initiative intends to work towards building a stronger sense of community through inter-generational sharing of Traditional Ecological Knowledge. Indigenous youth and elders will work together, in order to plan and plant a traditional plant garden.
Starting a Permaculture Food Forest with teacher candidates at the Orchard Garden
Vancouver, British Columbia
As climate crisis threatens conventional agriculture, we see the urgent need to learn no-till permaculture ways to produce food sustainability at the UBC Orchard Garden, a teaching and learning garden where 500 university students engage in interdisciplinary garden-based learning each year.
T’it’q’et Fights Climate change
Lillooet, British Columbia
The children and staff will embark on planting flora to assist fauna in cleaning our air plant by plant.
The Rising River
Students have noticed a rising water level in the Red River. After observing the river, Room 36 wondered about the water level’s affect on the erosion of the banks and if this increases the garbage in the river. They want to help lessen the garbage and find out where the river goes.
2020 Youth Climate Leadership Summit (YACC)
The goal of this summit in March 2020 will be to unify youth in Guelph and expand the community of engaged youth by gathering inspired voices in one room to work together on solutions-building for climate change mitigation opportunities with the organization and wider community.
Story Telling Through Music
Maple Ridge, British Columbia
The beat of the drum is the story from our hearts. By creating and buying natural instruments with our students, we will be passing on Mother Earth’s and our ancestors stories. Mother Earth needs us all to love her and take care of her. Indigenous stories are passed from generation to generation.
Leadership Training and Anti-Racism Event
Part one will involve training and mentorship for youth participants to learn how to plan, organize, and facilitate a community project. They will use the skills they have learnt to plan, organize, and facilitate an anti-racism event for 30+ youth featuring activities anddiscussions on March 21st.
Our Garden, Our Health
We would like to explore and demonstrate how growing our own food can both sustain us and the environment it’s grown in and be used as a way to support our health by learning about medicinal properties of plants and herbs. How can food be our medicine will be the guiding question of our project.
We’re going to be planting various mini ecosystems on school property containing native plants, sources of water for birds and insects, and shelters for the organisms to be able to thrive.
REDSILIENT: In Honour of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirit Persons
REDSILIENT is annual photography program and collaborative exhibition for Indigenous youth living in inner-city Saskatoon.
Growing in the Margins
Growing in the Margins is a free urban farming and food justice learning hub for those who would like to learn about food growing who are the most marginalized in the food system. Growing in the Margins prioritizes marginalized people in agriculture: Black, Indigenous, POC and LGBTQ2S+.
Being an EcoSchool, we chose to invest in a Nutritower growing system. This hydroponic system, which is a soil-free, low energy, indoor gardening system will allow our students to harvest fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs no matter the climate or season.
Towards Independent Living Eating Sustainably
North Bay, Yukon
The goal of the project is help students learn how to make healthy, sustainable food choices, through experiential learning. The Towards Independent Living program works to educate special needs students to develop life skills including healthy eating and being part of the local community.
Root for the Trees!
The Anderdon Eco Team is looking to plant trees in Pat Thrasher Park, in order to improve the biodiversity of the park and provide shade in future years for the community members that use it.
Project Nibi focuses on working with indigenous communities affected by boil water advisories. It provides water testing and regions specific tailored point-of-use filters addressing site specific contaminants within the local water supply.
Earth Quest Enviro Action Club
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
The Earth Quest Club is a youth-led initiative that uses collaborative action to tackle local climate change impacts. The Club meets regularly to share passions, discuss climate change issues and take action. Specific actions will be identified through participatory mapping described below.
York Street Public School Garden
To start a school garden at York Street Public School by recruiting students who are concerned about the environment and wish to partake in a sustainable food project. They will plan, plant, and maintain a successful, sustainable garden of vegetables, fruits, and flowers using organic methods.
Renewing our Indigenous Garden
Sooke, British Columbia
We would like to “re-do” our Indigenous plant garden. Over the summer break, our maintenance department cut down all of our native plants. We need to purchase soil and new plants for the garden, and make marker plaques for the new plants to ensure that they do not get mistakenly cut down again.
Tsi non;we tewakhwatero:roks “The place where we gather food”
Our project will be to create perennial herb, garden, and forest spaces for gathering foods for our school’s Tyonnhehkwen program. We want our whole school to be able to help with the cultivation of food forest and garden spaces with as much as possible composed of traditional foods.
Applications are now closed, and will reopen in November 2020.
Want to grow your Roots & Shoots project or expand its impact? Apply for up to $1,000 of project funding from Roots & Shoots Canada.
Given the major shift to online learning and possible barriers to in-person group projects we will be encouraging classes to look at how they can use digital tools to create online campaigns, along side the typical in-person action projects done by Roots & Shoots groups.
You are eligible to apply if:
- You’re a member of Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Canada. Join here!
- Your project must take place in Canada. If you are from a different country please contact your local Roots & Shoots group.
- Your project and final report will be completed by June 15th 2021.
- Your project fits into one of our project streams: Sustainable Food, Indigenous Perspectives or Climate Change.
All Roots & Shoots Projects:
- Are youth-led (can be guided by an adult champion).
- Address sustainability issues and make a difference for animals, people, and our environment.
- Encourage knowledge, compassion & action through our 4 Roots & Shoots steps: 1.Engage & Inspire 2. Observe & Map 3.Take Action 4.Celebrate Impact.
- Align with one or more of the 4 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals we are focusing on: Clean and Sustainable Water, Responsible Consumption, Climate Action and Life on Land.
Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots
Do great things in your community.
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. Wherever there’s a group, young people are making change that benefits animals, people and the environment.