Roots & Shoots

The mission of Roots and Shoots is to foster respect and compassion for all living things, to promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs, and to inspire each individual to take action to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment.

Dr. Jane Goodall's Roots and Shoots is the youth-led community action and learning program of the Jane Goodall Institute. The program was built with the goal of bringing together youth from our community with university students to celebrate the legacy and vision of Dr. Jane Goodall. Roots and Shoots' mission is to place the power and responsibility for creating community-based solutions that address conservation, environmental, and humanitarian issues in the hands of young people.

Through the program, young people map their community to identify specific challenges their neighborhoods face. From there, they prioritize the problems, develop a plan for a solution, and take action.

When and Where

Franklin Elementary School:
Tuesdays and Thursdays
2:00 to 4:00 pm

Lugonia Elementary School:
3:00 to 5:00 pm

Barbara Phelps Community Day School
10:00 to 11:00 am

2019-2020 Student Directors

Zoe Gibson, Senior
Brianna Hernandez, Sophomore
Grace Pollard, Senior


  • Teach the next generation about the values of sustainability and their local resources.
  • Show kids that being environmentally friendly is easy and enjoyable.
  • Provide support for children early on in their education to share and explore ideas about caring for our planet.
  • Be a positive influence and mentor children in our community.


For inquiries, please contact the Coordinator of Children's Programs or Associate Director by calling the Office of Community Service Learning at (909) 748-8288.