Inspiring Project of the Month: Banynan Roots & Shoots Club


Happy Spring/almost Summer Roots & Shoots fam! Spring is such a special time for us here at the Jane Goodall Institute and Roots & Shoots as we celebrate Jane’s birthday, Earth Month, graduations, and the beginning so many inspiring changes! This month, we’re so excited to celebrate a planet-friendly Roots & Shoots Project of the Month and the amazing group behind it.

This month’s Project of the Month is “Earth Day Virtual Assembly for Banyan Elementary” out of Newbury Park, CA! 

This project was created by the Banyan Roots & Shoots Club created at Banyan Elementary School!

As COVID-19 presents as a challenge for many reasons, the goal of the project was to create an Earth Day virtual assembly in the form of a video with Earth-friendly environmental tips with their elementary school. These tips include kid-friendly action, like recycling, using fabric paper towels, starting a garden, composting, riding a bike or walking, conserving water, turning off lights and so much more! By educating young people about proactive ways to help the planet, this project made such a huge impact! 

We’re SO proud of the Banyan Roots & Shoots Club and all the change they have made in their community. Want to learn more about their project or ways to recreate it for your own school or group? Find more information below!

Bring Roots & Shoots to Your School!

Think you might want to create a Roots & Shoots group at your school? Go for it! You can register to become a member, start (or join) a group right now (it’s always free!).

Already a member? Get started on creating or joining a group in as easy as 1,2,3,4 !

1. Log in to your Roots & Shoots account.
2. Visit the Groups page here
3. Click Create a Group.
4. After entering the required information be sure to click finish.


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About Author

Ashley Sullivan is the Director of Storytelling & Marketing for Communications & Partnerships at the Jane Goodall Institute USA, where she works to connect individuals with Dr. Jane Goodall's vision, and the JGI mission to create a better world for all by protecting the interconnections between people, other animals, and the environment. Ashley graduated Stony Brook University with a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology and a minor in Biology, and is pursuing a Master's of Science in Environmental Science & Policy at Johns Hopkins University with a focus on Environmental Justice. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, now a D.C. resident, she has a varied background including 10+ years of expert communications and digital marketing in the social and environmental non-profit sector. Her intersectional approach to this work has been shaped by a holistic world-view, having traveled to Madagascar and Ecuador for conservation research projects, leading communications for youth social justice filmmaking organizations, and as a part of several professional groups advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in environmental spaces including Greens REALIGN. With skills ranging from conservation fieldwork, policy and advocacy campaigns, strategic communications, art, digital media, and design, Ashley believes in sharing information to empower and in the magic of storytelling to transform hearts and minds. Through growing understanding, empathy, and justice, she is igniting positive change to create that better, more equitable world, every day.