Check out this year’s Roots & Shoots community projects.
Language in the forest
Canyon, British Columbia
Surrounding our ‘school forest tipi classroom’ (1 acre) we would plant a variety of Indigenous plants/bushes/trees. We would label each with their Ktunaxa name & traditional use using a water proof sign on a metal stake at the plant’s base. We would partner with our Lower Kootenay Band – Ktunaxa.
Young Hunters: Keeping the traditions alive
Youth from Sagamok Anishnawbek will learn hunting practices on the land to be self sustainable for wild meat that will then be distributed to the community
Today We Are Going To Change the World – Connecting Communities
Two schools from diverse neighborhoods come together to learn about each other’s community and help their green spaces. One has a large indigenous community, the other with a large immigrant population. The students will learn about the people and places that make those communities unique.
Elder Visits: Legends, Medicinal Herbs, Drumming and Culture
A series of 4 Elder visits from Wolf Creek Elders & area Cree, Metis and Blackfoot Elders to teach our school population about four areas.1. Legends 2. Medicinal Herbs 3. Drumming 4. Culture ; language To further our introduction to native culture by inviting elders and learning through activity.
As the River Flows into the Lake
The students have renamed our two gyms-“The River” and “The Lake”. The names will be posted in English, French and Ojibwe. We our focusing on water and it’s importance to us, First Nations peoples and our community. Our long term goal is to obtain a water refilling station for our school.
School Community Gardens
We noticed a need for healthier food options for our school / community. Our classroom would like to plant sustainable foods such as, vegetables in our new flower beds. This way we can harvest vegetables for our community while also teaching about sustainable food.
Students will be in charge of the school’s tower garden project. They will be growing vegetables for the community.
Grow Calgary Pumpkins
As part of a cyclical inquiry into seasons, students will learn how to save pumpkin seeds in Fall and sprout them in Spring using class generated compost. They will donate their sprouts to Grow Calgary, an urban community farm which grows fresh produce for social agencies with food access programs.
Community Garden and Beehive
We will build a community garden along with adding a beehive to help the garden flourish and protect the declining bumblebee species. This project will allow youth to organize and maintain a garden. The beehive will allow youth to understand the importance of the species to our future.
The Garden of Life: Lessons and Recipes
To create and print a book for the community based on our learning and experiences with our school garden. Ten life lessons our garden taught us along with healthy and simple recipes shared by families in the community will be used to promote a connection to nature and a healthy lifestyle.
Sustainable Food for Food Security
Port Elgin, New Brunswick
Our goal is to create a community where we grow and prepare food helping to provide food security for the students of our school. The food packages prepared will need little or no preparation beyond reheating. Informational and how to cook workshops will be held to help inform students.
Healing Forest at Carseland Elementary
The grade 5/6 class at Carseland Elementary school would like to expand the outdoor garden and classroom space by creating a healing forest in the same area. This space would provide students with an opportunity to learn more about Indigenous perspectives and history.
ziizibaakodokaan (sugar camp)
Serpent River First Nation, Ontario
We will be establishing a ziizibaakodokaan (sugar camp) at our maple sugar bush at Nimkii Aazhibikong; a lands based ojibwe language camp. We will be learning from our elders the knowledge of maple syrup, maple candies, and maple sugar making while incorporating the Ojibwe language to our activities
Fleetwood Family Outdoor Classroom Project
Our project began three years ago and has included hundreds of students in that time. We want to create an outdoor learning space that provides a means of enhancing student learning, fostering ecological stewardship, and bolstering creativity with sustainability and First Nations values in mind.
T'it'q'et, Lillooet, British Columbia
The preschool aged children and their community members-made up of youth, elders, parents, and guardians will pool resources to grow as much food for the people in the T’it’q’et community. We will work with the food security people, the local gardeners to produce and harvest food.
Planting plants for better air
Victoria, British Columbia
For this project, we would like to give the opportunity to all classes to have plants inside their classrooms for k to 4 in our school . Classes will get to watch the plants grow as they get bigger, to keep kids interested in plants. They will be guided by the youth leaders to get …
Our class hopes to rebuild our community planter boxes for our school yard. Earlier this year our existing planters were demolished due to old age. The students of Room 32 decided they would like to rebuild the planter boxes for our school to grow flower and vegetables gardens.
Cedarcrest Public School Garden Enhancement Project
Saint Laurent, Quebec
The current garden at C.P.S. needs new development to broaden the appeal to the community as a whole. An outdoor classroom, and more growing space is needed to replace the current garden.
We would like to purchase indoor grow light gardens for two primary classrooms at Meadows West School. Over the fall and winter, the children will experience planting herbs, caring for them as they grow and then harvest and cook with them. In the spring, they will plant veggies to take home and transplant in their home …
New teachers learn to grow organic food and teach across the curriculum in a learning garden
Vancouver, British Columbia
In this student-led teaching and learning garden on our university campus, graduate and undergrad students from Education and Land & Food Systems collaborate with new teacher candidates, helping them learn how to grow organic food and teach across the curriculum in their school own gardens.
Medicinal Salve Making Workshops
Vancouver, British Columbia
Lori Snyder, a local indigenous herbalist and educator, will lead the students in a medicinal salve making workshop. Each student will take home their own salve made with infused plant oil and local beeswax, which is excellent for cuts, bruises, inflammation, chapped skin and sunburned skin.
Our grade 3 classes will identify and learn how to create and enhance wildlife habitat in our community outdoor living space, identify what plants are most attractive to pollinators, make houses and shelters for butterflies and/or bees and create sanctuaries for these pollinators.
Seeds of Hope: Food Security for Oak Lake
Oak Lake, Manitoba
We will plant a community garden for all to access including pollinator plants to help the bee population.We will educate the public on gardening techniques to help their food security and why it’s important to plant bee friendly flowers in our yards.We aim to provide food security for our families.
Seed to Seed, Elder to Youth
Blockhouse, Nova Scotia
This project will bring the children of our school and the wider community into greater knowledge and sharing of traditional Mi’kmaq history, culture and agriculture through a series of events and workshops and the planting of a traditional food garden culminating in a fall feast of Mi’kmaw food.
Our Outdoor Garden
Whitbourne, Newfoundland & Labrador
We have a really cool indoor Garden from our little green thumbs program. We have a monthly salad day and the kids love the program. We would like to expand our program to have an outdoor garden so we can expand our salad days with other classes.
Slow Food Revolution
The project will educate youth about hidden health and environmental consequences of fast, convenient food consumption and help them to reconnect with food by cooking and handling each ingredient. It will inspire confidence and skills to prepare simple, healthy meals using sustainably sourced food.
Exploring Indigenous Perspectives
Students will start by learning our national anthem in Cree and exploring the treaty statement read over the morning announcements and understanding its significance. We will continue to learn about language, traditional heritage and citizenship in Canada
Tower Garden Project
Aurora , Ontario
My high school Autism Community Classroom has been growing vegetables and plants for several years as well as maintaining the school gardens. This year our classroom would like to continue with and expand our growing season! We are excited to learn how to grow a variety of vegetables and plants in a sustainable way. We are …
General Wolfe School Garden Boxes
We would like to build raised garden boxes to plant blueberry and raspberry plants in our outdoor classroom area. We have built 3 large planters in the area, 2 for vegetables and one for sage and sweetgrass. As well we built a composter last year and would like to add 27 feet of garden boxes.
Dana Street Community Garden
We are an ECO Schools team who are trying to educate our school and community about growing healthy foods in a new community garden in the green space across from our school that we and other community partners acquired from the city this summer.
To build an outdoor classroom with garden where teachers can bring students to learn in nature. Students will be more engaged in environmental education and can learn about indigenous culture. The space will be open for all classes, regardless of subject.
Sooke, British Columbia
The project will include the completion of the outdoor classroom as well as go towards the Indigenous garden in the same area of the classroom. The Students will be working with Elders learning the plants and purpose for the plants.
We are in phase 2 of creating an edible garden outdoor learning space for students. Last year we raised enough funds to purchase picnic tables and build raised garden beds. This year we would like to plant edible trees and shrubs to beautify the area and plant vegetables in the raised garden beds.
Traditional Foods of Amiskwaciwâskahikan
We would invite an Elder or Knowledge keeper in for 2 days to speak with each class of students about the traditional foods of this area. We would invite them to bless our garden, suggest vegetables and other to plant, and to storytell in our courtyard space.
Pollinators and Urban Food Sources
Linking with our School Mascot (Briarwood Bee), our students in Grade 2 along with our Green Team have been exploring the role of bees and butterflies in pollinating our local (urban) food sources.
We Are Here
Ongoing project/ group of Indigenous students from Grade 5-8 who are in care, and/or students interested in learning more about Indigenous culture in Canada. Students will help plan and engage in group experiences that address their personal identity and culture, and then share with their community.
Kids learn from Elders
Victoria, British Columbia
Our plan is to bring together first nations elders and youth to share their knowledge on how to be sustainable, to be kind to the environment and everything that lives there. We would host an event where Indigenous elders would share stories about using things from nature in a sustainable way.
Water Sacred and Scarce
The Project ‘Water: Sacred and Scarce’ will involve a cultural exchange between Indigenous & non-Indigenous youth using Skype in the classroom and other tech tools to empower students as leaders to protect water in their communities and homes.
Greenway’s Warm Welcome –
Winnipeg winters are cold! We will create ‘warm welcome’ packages—scarves, bannock and a friendly letter—to share with a newcomer group. Students will learn about indigenous culture, local newcomer organizations and be welcoming and neighbourly while sharing with our new community members.
Indoor School Garden
Our school would like to create an indoor garden with a focus on growing plants indigenous to Alberta, as well as other plants (edible and otherwise). Alberta has long, cold winters, and we would like kids to understand how to tend and raise plants.
Climate Change and Sustainable Food Choices: Mind Bombs!
Castlegar, British Columbia
Mind bombs are short, gutsy, globally conscious works of art that campaign for social change. Grades 4-6 students will create video-based mind bombs and test and track their impact. Their mind bombs will focus on Indigenous and other perspectives on sustainable food in the face of climate change.
Raspberries for all
Reclaim a long forgotten flower bed and transforming it into a raspberry garden to be enjoyed by all. Berries for our community, flowers for the pollinators and habitat for our wildlife.
Food Literate Leaders
Students at Regenesis Ryerson would like to host sustainable food education workshops in tandem with an awareness campaign and a shared community meal made up entirely of local, seasonal and organic food. The project aims to create positive behavioural change amongst student participants.
Grade 1 Three Sisters Planting
WINNIPEG, British Columbia
We will learn about the Indigenous perspective of community caring by growing the Three Sisters crops
Our Green Team at Sherwood School is working toward initiatives that support sustainability in our community. To this end we would like to partner with a local community organization to develop community gardens to grow vegetables. The food will be shared with the community.
In Their Shoes
Through education and citizenship, the goal of this action project is to bring awareness to child welfare issues across Canada by making moccasins for Indigenous foster children. Once students have created their moccasins, they will have an opportunity to deliver them to appropriate organizations.
Kisipatnahk Cultural Garden
We hope to create a garden space which is accessible. This space will feature native, traditional-use vegetation which will serve both aesthetically for visitors and functionally for the cultural practices of the school. Students will be able to make observations relating to curriculum content.
Bats Are Threatened Species, B.A.T.S
Penticton, British Columbia
I want to raise awareness about threatened bat species in the South Okanagan by conducting Indigenous Ecotours, in addition to building and mounting bat homes with the help of local schools. I will monitor the bat boxes and share vlogs of the bats utilizing their newly built homes.
People’s Garden Greenhouse
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
We are a community vegetable garden at the Sault Ste. Marie campus of Algoma University. Our goal is to build a greenhouse to expand our garden and our growing season here in northern Ontario, to feed more hungry students fresh and locally grown produce.
Engaging Rural Northern High School Students in Land-based, Hands-on Science Projects
Terrace Bay, Ontario
The purpose of this project is to create a hands-on, project-based learning activity in Outdoor Environmental Science (OES) that allows students to engage in science in a way that engages students in local projects, working on local issues, with community-based organizations.
Rebuilding Our School Garden
John Caboto Academy has had a fully functional school garden in the yard for 8 + years. Since we use untreated wood because we eat our veggies- the wood has decomposed and we need to rebuild our beautiful garden. Students run the garden afterschool in their Green Club.
Applications are now closed, and will reopen in Fall 2019.
Want to grow your Roots & Shoots project or expand its impact? Apply for up to $1,000 of project funding from Roots & Shoots Canada. Applicants from last year can apply again this year!
You are eligible to apply if:
- You’re a member of Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Canada. Join here!
- Your project will take place in Canada
- Your project and final report will be completed by May 31st 2019
- Your project fits into one of the project streams outlined below
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 nearly 100 countries around the world. Wherever there’s a group, young people are making change that benefits animals, people and the environment.