Roots & Shoots

Roots & Shoots is the Jane Goodall Institute’s community-based environmental and humanitarian program for youth. Roots & Shoots groups plan and participate in service learning projects showing care and concern for animals, the environment and the human community. The Roots & Shoots office is located at Bramble Park Zoo in Watertown, South Dakota.

For further information contact the Roots & Shoots Coordinator c/o Bramble Park Zoo, PO Box 910, Watertown, SD 57201 (605)-882-6269.

Brainstorming Project Ideas?

Try starting a recycling program at your school, or organizing a community clean up day. Start a worm composting bin, save paper, build bird feeders, or donate toys for the animals at Bramble Park Zoo. There are lots of things to do!

Why are the Zoos so Important?

Why are zoos so important? Click here to learn more about zoos and chimpanzees. Discover some Roots & Shoots activities your group can do with zoos!


Connect with groups around the world through Partnerships in Understanding, find a pen pal. Do a project. Make a friend!!

Join Roots and Shoots

Roots and Shoots in the Northern Great Plains is growing fast! Join the Regional Youth Council and make a difference on a regional scale. Click here to learn more about the National Youth Leadership Council. More information about regional projects and program activities coming soon! The Zoo also has Roots & Shoots groups you can join in the summer! See the Park and Rec brochure for more information such as times, dates and ages.

About Dr Jane

Dr Jane Facts: Want to learn more about Dr Jane Goodall? Click here and learn more about her work with chimpanzees…how it all began, and find out how Roots & Shoots got started

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