California is one of the Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots program’s most energized, active locations. More than 10,500 students in the Eureka state are working to preserve and improve the environment, express care and concern for animals, and benefit the human community.
Shortly before Thanksgiving, Jane was in Spain for several days to promote the work of the Jane Goodall Institute - Spain and Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots program. In between speeches and events, Jane made time to visit the Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Seville (named after the Spanish-Peruvian politician) to receive an honorary degree.
After Seattle, it was on to Portland, where Jane spoke at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) conference. Jane spoke about the educational role of zoos and how Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots, an international youth service program, is a natural fit for zoos interested in expanding their youth outreach.
Founded in 1991 by Dr. Jane Goodall and a group of Tanzania students, Roots & Shoots is a global network of tens of thousands of young people in 110 countries who share a desire to create a better world. Through Roots & Shoots, young people identify problems in their communities and take action by planning and implementing community service projects on behalf of people, animals and the environment. www.rootsandshoots.org
Sanctuary chimpanzee pictured. JGI does not endorse approaching or handling wild chimpanzees.
Forty Roots & Shoots Youth Leaders from around the US gathered in Lansdowne, Virg., from April 2-5, 2009 for the 4th annual Roots & Shoots National Youth Leadership Retreat.
These exceptional youth received a special honor this year -- the opportunity to celebrate Dr. Jane’s 75th birthday at a private party together with Jane.
Roots & Shoots hosts the annual National Youth Leadership Retreat to build key skills and leadership capacity among members of the Youth Leadership Councils.