A.P.E. Fund - Jane Goodall

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Check out this year’s funded Roots & Shoots projects!

Projects


Projects

Check out this year’s Roots & Shoots community projects.

Voice Integrative School(VIS) Local 2Global Initiative

Map pinToronto, Yukon

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

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T’it’q’et Fights Climate change

Map pinLillooet, British Columbia

The children and staff will embark on planting flora to assist fauna in cleaning our air plant by plant.

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100 Things To Do Before the End of the Year – An Environmental Bucket List

Map pinWinnipeg, Manitoba

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.

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The Rising River

Map pinWinnipeg, Manitoba

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.

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Community garden

Map pinOttawa, 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.

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2020 Youth Climate Leadership Summit (YACC)

Map pinGuelph, Ontario

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.

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Mildred Hall School Community Garden

Map pinYellowknife, 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!

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Engaging Rural Northern Ontario Students in Decolonization Activities through Land-based Learning with Local First Nations

Map pinTerrace 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.

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Root for the Trees!

Map pinAmherstburg, Ontario

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.

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What’s In Our Lunch?

Map pinWinnipeg, Manitoba

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.

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Self sustaining thermal nutrient hub

Map pinFredericton, 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.

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Will set up mini greenhouse and grow peas, carrott, corn to expose children to health lunch option

Map pinSaskatoon, Saskatchewan

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.

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York Street Public School Garden

Map pinOttawa, Ontario

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.

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Take it Outside for Earth day 2020

Map pinMarkham, Ontario

Indigenous ways of knowing workshops as part of whole school earth day event. Funding will help support a range of indigenous participation.

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Pollinator Garden Expansion

Map pinToronto, Ontario

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.

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Courtyard Edible Landscape Classroom

Map pinCalgary, Alberta

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.

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Wellness Garden Project

Map pinToronto, Ontario

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.

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Towards Independent Living Eating Sustainably

Map pinNorth 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.

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Earth Quest Enviro Action Club

Map pinLunenburg, 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.

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Metal cutlery: the first step of many

Map pinWest Hants, Nova Scotia

The goal of the project is to implement metal cutlery in my school’s cafeteria to cut down on the waste that my school of over 1000 people create each day by using disposable plastic cutlery.

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Teaching Sustainability

Map pinWinnipeg, Manitoba

The goal in teaching sustainability to my grade one students is to learn, understand & know why “growing their own food” can help benefit our planet.

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Team Trees

Map pinBinbrook, Ontario

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.

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AAM sustainable food garden

Map pinMississauga, Ontario

We will put in three 15 by 15 raised gardens in the south side of our school near the rain garden.

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Three Sisters Garden (Sustainable Indigenous Food Garden)

Map pinKitchener, Ontario

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.

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Sustainable Up cycled Sewing and Design

Map pinLacombe, Alberta

Creating useful daily items by up-cycling fabrics and previously used leathers that are re purposed.

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4B’s

Map pinWinnipeg, Manitoba

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.

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Native Restoration of Southern School Grounds

Map pinDuncan, 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.

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PlantTEAM@Champlain Heights Community Elementary School

Map pinVancouver, 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

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Urban Community Composting

Map pinWinnipeg, Manitoba

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.

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Healthy Eating = Healthy Earth

Map pinWinnipeg, Manitoba

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.

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Feed the Birds

Map pinWinnipeg, Manitoba

Create and maintain bird feeders for the local bird population throughout the winter.

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Lord Selkirk School Healing Forest

Map pinWinnipeg, Manitoba

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.

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Metlakatla Food Forest Project

Map pinprince 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.

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Xqwiyélltśem (means enjoy every morsel of a meal) Community Soup Hut

Map pinSalmon 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

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Our Garden, Our Health

Map pinScarborough, Ontario

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.

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Connecting the Community to Indigenous Ways of Knowing

Map pinCalgary, Alberta

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.

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Greenhouse

Map pinPickering, Ontario

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.

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save the earth

Map pinMississauga, Ontario

Help the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada save the environment and the animals that surround us

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Three Sisters Garden

Map pinHagersville, Ontario

We would like to plant the three sisters plants together in mounds in a garden at our school. The three sisters plants being corn squash and beans. We would like to learn about the creation story and the origins of the three sisters plants.

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Sustainable Food Systems and Storytelling

Map pinNorth 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.

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Outdoor Classroom- Carbon Sequestration Project

Map pinCalgary, Alberta

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.

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Vertical Gardens and Greening

Map pinDrumbo, Ontario

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.

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Grade 5 Sustainable Food Activists

Map pinEdmonton, Alberta

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.

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FMNI Mural

Map pinMarkham, Ontario

We are planning to paint an indigenous themed mural in our school library with the help of a local indigenous artist.

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Restoration and Exploration of a Vintage Soapstone Carving

Map pinOttawa, Ontario

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.

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What are We Going to Do About That?

Map pinWinnipeg, Manitoba

We will compost, recycle, reuse and learn more ways to make our planet more sustainable right now for the future.

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Moving Towards Reconciliation

Map pinWinnipeg, Manitoba

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.

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Greenway Gardens

Map pinWinnipeg, Manitoba

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.

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Starting a Permaculture Food Forest with teacher candidates at the Orchard Garden

Map pinVancouver, 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.

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Northern Food Security

Map pinVancouver, 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!

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Indigenous Foods Insight

Map pinVancouver (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.

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Plastic water bottles

Map pinToronto, Ontario

Raise awareness in the school about plastic bottles and harm to environment. Reach out to community partners to donate for bottle water filling stations.

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Indigenous outdoor wellness space

Map pinCalgary, Alberta

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.

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Multicultural Garden

Map pinWinnipeg, Manitoba

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.

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Ceremonial Fire Pit

Map pinWinnipeg, Manitoba

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.

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Edible School Yard Project

Map pinMontreal, Quebec

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.

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Sharing Ecological Wisdom

Map pinFenelon 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.

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Minopkwod

Map pinWalpole 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.

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Sustainable Indoor Garden

Map pinMayo - 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.

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Edible Forest Garden

Map pinChelmsford, Ontario

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.

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Respecting the River

Map pinWinnipeg, Manitoba

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!

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Seed to Seed, Closing the Circle

Map pinBaker 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.

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Reusable Water Bottles

Map pinWinnipeg, Manitoba

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.

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Greening Up Breakfast

Map pinOrangeville, Ontario

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).

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Student-led Climate Data Logger Research Project

Map pinHead 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.

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Bee the North

Map pinMississauga, Ontario

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.

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Story Telling Through Music

Map pinMaple 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.

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Coast Salish Harvesting and Crafts

Map pinVictoria, 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.

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Cradle-to-Cradle

Map pinKingston, Ontario

We are implementing LED light bulb and composting kit giveaways as well as conducting retrofits. Composting kits will be given free of charge and participants will be followed up with half a year later to determine effectiveness and growth.

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Tsi non;we tewakhwatero:roks “The place where we gather food”

Map pinOhsweken, Ontario

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.

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Growing Opportunity

Map pinWinnipeg, Manitoba

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.

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habitat for ornithology

Map pinMontreal, Quebec

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, …

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St. Basil’s Native Plant Garden

Map pinToronto, Ontario

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.

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REDSILIENT: In Honour of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirit Persons

Map pinSaskatoon, Saskatchewan

REDSILIENT is annual photography program and collaborative exhibition for Indigenous youth living in inner-city Saskatoon.

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Saving Trees

Map pinWinnipeg, Manitoba

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.

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School Food Sustainability Project

Map pinStein 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.

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Lord Selkirk Cares

Map pinWinnipeg, Manitoba

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.

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Restoring our connection to nature with an outdoor learning and gathering space

Map pinvancouver, 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.

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Hungry Tigers

Map pinMississauga, Ontario

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.

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Artesian’s Three Sisters Garden

Map pinMississauga, Ontario

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.

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Growing Plants

Map pinWinnipeg, Manitoba

Students will learn about sustainability through growing plants. Students will learn that there is a role for them to play in the food system.

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Let Us Grow!

Map pinWinnipeg, Manitoba

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.

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SCWIST Indigenous Culture Workshop Series

Map pinBurnaby, 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.

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Nutritower system

Map pinChelmsford, Ontario

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.

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Planting Tress

Map pinWinnipeg, Manitoba

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.

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Save Our Future

Map pinToronto, Ontario

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.

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Soil Regeneation Project- Soil Carbon Crew, S.D.S.S.

Map pinKincardine, Ontario

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.

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Single Use Plastics

Map pinWinnipeg, Manitoba

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

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Traditional Plant Garden for Inner-City School

Map pinEdmonton, Alberta

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.

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Small Hands Can Change The World

Map pinWoodbridge, Ontario

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.

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Pollinator Maze

Map pinMontreal, Quebec

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.

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Nibi

Map pinOttawa, Ontario

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.

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Restoring Our Planet

Map pinScarborough, Ontario

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.

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Growing in the Margins

Map pinToronto, Ontario

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+.

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Nelson Green Stem Composter

Map pinMirmaichi, New Brunswick

We currently have a community garden that is student led in our K-8 school. Now we would like to continue our sustainability by building a wooden three bin composter that will support our new cafeteria recycling and composting program.

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Tree Renewal Elmwood

Map pinWinnipeg, Manitoba

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

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Elementary School Vegetable and Herb Garden

Map pinVancouver, British Columbia

The project is to refurbish, enlarge and maintain a vegetable and herb garden at the school, which will be run and maintained by a group of grade 6 and 7 students at the school.

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School Vegetable and Herb Garden

Map pinBrampton, Ontario

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.

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Learning Garden

Map pinVancouver, 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.

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Healthy Schools Salad Bar

Map pinMarkham, Ontario

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.

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Renewing our Indigenous Garden

Map pinSooke, 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.

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Relationship with Animals

Map pinWinnipeg, Manitoba

Students will use Art, teaching from a traditional Indigenous Knowledge keeper, and land based learning to explore people’s relationship with animals. They will then create a plan to take action on how to improve this relationship.

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Indigenous bead work and projects

Map pinLacombe, Alberta

Students from cross grades groupings will learn about traditional Indigenous culture through beading, oral storytelling, and the representations that are important to bridge the past and present.

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Insect Sanctuary

Map pinMaxville, Ontario

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.

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The Ugly Fruit and Veggies Smoothies Project!!!

Map pinBurnaby, 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.

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Growing gardeners

Map pinPierrefonds, Quebec

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.

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Community Safe Space

Map pinWinnipeg, Manitoba

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.

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Dana Street Community Garden 2020

Map pinBrockville, Ontario

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.

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The Greenful Project (a play on “grateful” for greener practices)

Map pinBrampton, Ontario

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.

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Leadership Training and Anti-Racism Event

Map pinSaskatoon, Saskatchewan

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.

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Powerful Pollinators

Map pinWinnipeg, Manitoba

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.

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Apply

Applications are now closed, and will reopen in Fall 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.

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 2020.
  • 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.

Project Funding Streams

Sustainable Food

Indigenous Perspectives

Climate Change


Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots

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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 more than 50 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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