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Bee Garden

Map pinMerritt, British Columbia

We would aim to work with youth in the community to designate an approximately 100sq ft. garden that would feed both bees and people in the area. We would like to incorporate nesting material or homes for that may accommodate different types of bees or beneficial insects and signage.

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Muskgege

Map pinWinnipeg, Manitoba

Students will build a learning space that exclusively uses plants native to Manitoba, including sage and sweetgrass. This space will be used to promote holistic health and honour traditional knowledge of Indigenous medicine practices, healthy eating, and sustainable ways of using natural resources.

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Be the Change! :)

Map pinWinnipeg, Manitoba

Grade 1 students in Room 120 will use paper from the recycle bin to make seed paper. The seed paper will be given to Greenway students and families to plant. Seed paper will be placed in the school office to give to visitors. Seed paper will contain seeds that attract bees/butterflies.

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Growing, Learning, Utilizing and Enjoying

Map pinThorsby, Alberta

Students will plant various fruit trees around the school area that will be used to produce fruit for our breakfast program (to be used in muffins as well as offering fresh fruit daily – in season) as well as our snack program (fresh and dried fruit offered to the students).

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Connecting with Nature

Map pinLacombe, Alberta

The Grade One students will use well supplied backpack kits to explore their outdoor environment to support their learning in the Grade One Science Curriculum.

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Bear Awareness

Map pinPemberton, BC, British Columbia

Through various Wilderness Wednesday activities, fieldtrip discussions with Stewardship Pemberton, and presenters that can provide information about Bear Awareness, our classes have been working to spread awareness about being Bear Safe and Purchasing more bear safe garbage cans for our Community.

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School Yard Landscaping – Peace Garden

Map pinLacombe, Alberta

We have just received new portables at our school and would like to beautify the school grounds after the many months of construction. I would like to create a peace garden that includes multiple picnic tables for students to sit, gather, and do school work outside in nature. Landscaping included.

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Resting Corner

Map pinMississauga, Ontario

We want to expand upon our outdoor learning/native plant garden by creating additional seating under a very large old tree.  The students will sit on two pic-nic tables that will be bought and then painted by them.  The designs on the table will discuss the students view of the environment and their wishes.  Pea gravel will be …

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Pollinators and Diversity at AAM!

Map pinMississauga, Ontario

We already have an existing pollinators garden at Allan A Martin. We would like to enhance our garden by adding a esthetic project (pathway to a bright future) and bee hotels and bug hotels and also we would like to buy our very own barrel compost so we may begin a compost program at our …

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Brown Bat Habitats

Map pinWinnipeg, Manitoba

My class would like to attend an all day workshop to further learn the importance and sustainability of Brown Bats in our community as well as creating 6 Brown Bat houses and donating back to our local provincial park. Currently Brown Bat habitats have been steadily declining in the last decade.

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The Classroom Gardener

Map pinVancouver, British Columbia

Create an outdoor learning space consisting of vegetable garden plots in the school courtyard for each class.

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Indigenous Youth Mental Health Documentary

Map pinToronto, Ontario

The amount of Indigenous youth who have died by violence or suicide is alarmingly higher than non-Indigenous youth. In Thunder Bay, 7 Indigenous students were found dead between 2000 and 2011. This film gives a voice to these youth, investigates the reason behind the tragedies and questions why more people aren’t talking about it.

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Composting Initiation

Map pinWinnipeg, Manitoba

We would like to implement and develop a sustaintable composting program for the school. The compost will go towards our community garden boxes.

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Yennadon’s Ecological Indigenous Forest Restoration Program

Map pinMaple Ridge, British Columbia

We have been working on an Ecological Forest Restoration program since 2013. Our plan is to continue with planting indigenous plants to our forest areas. We will require more tools to remove invasive species like black berries, and to maintain the forest area through it’s regrowth.

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Banning Straws on Campus

Map pinHalifax, Nova Scotia

This project’s initiative aims to eliminate the use of plastic straws at the Dalhousie University bar, The Grawood, while encouraging a reduction of their use campus-wide. We propose a transition period where the bar uses reusable straws instead of plastic before a full ban happens.

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Fruits of the community

Map pinBurnaby, British Columbia

We plan to build garden boxes in our school’s courtyard which will be cared for by us, the students who will (depending on the fruitfulness of the crop) give what we grow to the Christian brothers living in our school, and/or the local soup kitchens in our community.

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Reuse It!

Map pinWinnipeg, Manitoba

The Students will do a step by step procedures on how to recycle scrap papers to make new ones. They will also be aware of how papers are made from trees, and that they can help conserving trees by recycling papers.

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Green on Green Street

Map pinSaint-Lambert, Quebec

A team of students and teachers are converting our courtyard to an outdoor classroom and garden. Open to all students, including those from the local special needs and elementary schools, the space will allow for contextualized learning during class and unique social opportunities outside class.

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Three Sisters Garden

Map pinWinnipeg, Manitoba

We plan to rejuvenate 6 large garden boxes in the front of the school. We plan to plant the 3 sisters (corn, beans, squash) for community members to pick and care for.

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Save our Species: Connecting Nature, Students and Technology

Map pinOak Lake, Manitoba

Our plan is to have students take their learning outdoors! They will research local flora and fauna and take digital photos of different species. Students will create a website and QR codes to educate citizens on local species and how to protect them.

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Outdoor Library and Research Station

Map pinGrimsby, Ontario

At Nature School and Education Centre it is our goal to provide participants with an opportunity to strengthen their relationship with the Natural world. The Outdoor Library will give children independent access to materials that can assist with their research and investigations in the field.

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Forest Medicinal Rehabilitation

Map pinLacombe, Alberta

We would like to cross grade teach with gr. 1 and with gr. 4 and plant together native species in our Aspen forest strip on the school property. This would include research about indigenous species of plants and their original medicinal purpose mentor to the grade 1’s and then report to other gds

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Green spaces for our school yard!

Map pinEdmonton, Alberta

Students in grade 5 are hoping to plant trees, shrubs, and perennial plants around the school yard so that fellow peers, staff, and local families and animals can experience enhanced enjoyment of this shared space.

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Butterfly/Native Wildflower Garden

Map pinToronto, Ontario

Students in the school’s Nature Club will take an active leadership role to design and plant a native wildflower/butterfly garden. The focus will be on conserving and enhancing the existing natural environment, while creating outdoor spaces which stimulate learning; “hands-on” experiences with nature

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Water: Sacred and Scarce

Map pinMississauga, Ontario

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.

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Butterflies and Bumblebee Garden

Map pinEdmonton, Alberta

In the middle of the city, it is hard to find flowers and plants to support the safety and food source of butterflies and bumblebees. In our action, we will research what butterflies and bumblebees look for and need in a garden and learn how to plant and maintain a flower garden.

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Generation Nutrition

Map pinToronto, Ontario

Students learn how to plant, grow, and harvest their own produce in mobile food gardens. They participate in workshops on environmental sustainability, nutrition, food systems, Indigenous food sovereignty, and cooking. It is curriculum-integrated and students create solutions to community challenges

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Gardens

Map pinMontreal, Quebec

I would like to be able to, with my students, make a bigger garden. What does it entail? Creating plots to cultivated lettuce, radishes, rhubard. We need garden soil, wood, a few tools.

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Honey Bee Oasis Garden

Map pinMontreal, Quebec

The roof top of our school building is home to tens of thousands of honey bees. Our grade 6 students participated in maintaining the hive, harvesting honey, training the underclassmen and selling the product in the community to sustain this year’s cost of the Alveole service contract.

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Alliston Union Outdoor Greenspace/Classroom

Map pinAlliston, Ontario

In 2016/2017, AUPS students, staff, Community Living of South Simcoe partners and Upper Canada Daycare raised funds, helped build, plant, cultivate and harvest a community vegetable garden. Next steps: create a butterfly garden and Indigenous themed wellness path lined with local plants/trees.

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Growing and Learning Together

Map pinScarborough, Ontario

We plan on continuing to grow vegetables and fruit in our school garden with the help of students and families to learn about sustainability, hunger, the right to food and the importance of sharing our abundance with others. Food will be shared with the community and used for healthy snacks.

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Indigenous People & Issues

Map pinToronto, Ontario

To take 35-40 grade 12 college pathway students to The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto to attend an Indigenize our Minds Presentation and Workshop. Students will select an issue of interest to them to create a 5 – 10 minute introduction of a documentary to be featured for our Hots Docs 2018.

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Discovery Garden

Map pinBrigden, Ontario

Create 3 raised bed gardens at the school for the purpose of growing vegetables and plants. Gardens would be a joint venture between the school and community (summer months would be community involvement)

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Robert H Smith School Indigenous Week

Map pinWinnipeg, Manitoba

We are having students learn about Indigenous Dancing and Astrology using Indigenous Perspectives.

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Out Door Classroom

Map pinSooke, British Columbia

The Edward Milne Community school is looking for funding to help us create an area for outdoor learning space. The money will help us create a better garden space with local traditional plants so that we can harvest in traditional ways. Furthermore, we are trying to create a cook pit in the area.

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Toronto Youth Food Policy’s Wild Plant Walk and Cookbook

Map pinToronto, Ontario

The TYFPC aims to inform, mobilize and empower young people to engage in food and environmental issues, and affect food policy. The TYFPC proposes to lead a two-part project, featuring an ‘Edible Weeds and Indigenous Plant Walk in High Park’ and creation of a youth-led TYFPC Edible Weeds Cookbook.

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Greenway Solar Day

Map pinWinnipeg, Manitoba

We will host a solar day in the spring in which the school will use very little electricity. Class lights and technology will be off through out the day and classes will be encouraged to utilize the lights from their windows or to go outside to the outdoor classroom or field for an activity.

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Feeding Our Friends

Map pinBrampton, Ontario

My students and I would like to create a sustainable garden, so that we can grow healthy food on our school property, provide students with opportunities to learn how to grow and cultivate healthy food, and feed our friends at school, who can’t afford healthy food.

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Growing Campus Agriculture

Map pinToronto, Ontario

Workshop series and experiential learning opportunities to promote and teach urban agriculture techniques to University of Toronto students and community members, in collaboration with the Huron-Sussex Community Garden (HSCG).

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Native Wild Plant Nutrition

Map pinLondon, Ontario

Native Wild Plant Nutrition • To Create a Native Plant Trail • Craft a Trail Guide • Write a Wild Nutrition course curriculum • Create and share native plant food recipes from this endangered bioregion • Formulate native herbal medicines Youth Earth Steward Y – Youth E – Earth S – Stewardship

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Metis Drums and Cultural Connections

Map pinLacombe, Alberta

Students would be led by a Metis elder in both the drum making process, from purifying the hide, smudging and understanding the drums’ role to the Metis. During music, the students will learn Indigenous drumming songs from a course Mr. Bell learned at EPSB and share with others in a presentation.

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Project Funding Streams


Sustainable Food


Indigenous Perspectives


Connecting with Nature


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Applications are now closed, and will reopen in Fall 2018.

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 June 20, 2018
  • Your project fits into one of the project streams outlined above

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 steps: Inspire – Understand – Take Action – Celebrate
  • Align with one or more of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

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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.

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