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Jane Goodall Center

About Roots & Shoots

Roots & shoots club booth The Jane Goodall Center for Environmental Excellence fosters service-learning projects for students throughout the community by reaching out to help with after-school programs, animal shelters, environmental organizations and causes, nursing homes and food pantries.

In 2005, WCSU was established as a National Center for University Roots & Shoots by the Jane Goodall Institute, the first of its kind in the U.S. From 2005-2012, the Roots & Shoots office at WCSU served as a regional and national office of excellence in training university students, faculty and administrators to develop programs for K-12 and college students in local, regional and global conservation.

The international headquarters for Roots & Shoots is  now located at JGI headquarters in Washington, D.C. Continuing support from the university has allowed WCSU to maintain a very active group.  Animal Week, International Peace Day and Earth Day are yearly campus events and WCSU’s Roots & Shoots students attend leadership and educational conferences annually.  Kudos have been earned by our club in recent years – most notably, the “Best New Club” and “Most Active Club” honors awarded by the Student Government Association, thanks in large part to the supportive enthusiasm of faculty adviser Dr. Bethany Morrison.

Meetings of The Roots & Shoots Club are held on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. in White Hall Room 026.

Our plans for Spring 2017 include:


Garden Volunteer Days are scheduled for March 8, March 22, April 21 and April 22, 2017.
Earth Day is April 22, 2017 and we’ll be planting in the Jane Goodall Permaculture Garden!
Check the Garden Updates and Work Schedule link for details about all of our upcoming days planned in the greenhouse and the garden.

March 4: Learn to Manage Anxiety and Trauma with Dawyn Cloud Alter, a therapist and EFT Practitioner with over 25 years of experience in helping people of all ages with anxiety, panic, fear, trauma, and more. Join her for a small-group workshop to learn how to use EFT in conjunction with cognitive behavior therapy. The skills and techniques you learn will become new life skills, enabling you to navigate your own ship successfully.
There will be two identical sessions offered, morning and afternoon.
Workshops are free to all WCSU students, but you must reserve a spot. Free tickets will be available at the campus information desks.
For more information about Dawyn, visit: http://alter-nativehealing.com/

Join us for Animal Week  April 17 to April 21, 2017 for animal-related events and activities happening on the midtown campus at noon each day.

Keep an eye out for our Pennies for Permaculture campaign with collection jars placed throughout campus and share your change when you can to help our garden grow!

Past Events


  • February 15, 2017 – WCSU and Roots & Shoots alum, Leigh Scudder, shared his experiences as a member of the Americorp Vista internship program. He has spent the last year working with the New York Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery. We learned about the Vista program and about the steps New York City and State are taking to prepare for extreme weather.
  • October 25, 2016 – Arctic explorer Moki Kokoris will be here to discuss anthropology and the effects of climate change on the Arctic.
  • November 10, 2016 – Quad performance by Violin Monster.
  • Violin Monster is a 494 year old werewolf and popular street performer.  He performs seasonally in New York City, New Orleans, and Austin.  of course, Roots & Shoots loves all wolves, but we love this one in particular because he is an alum of our club!
  • September 23, 2016 – WCSU Day of Service in the Garden
  • Saturday, September 17, 2016 – Hang with Jane Roots & Shoots Event
    Members of the club celebrated Peace Day at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx with Dr. Jane Goodall
  • April 21, 2016 – Roots & Shoots Club Earth Day Celebration
    Join us on Fairfield Lawn for lots of fun Earth Day events, including food, music, and crafts. If you want to contribute an activity, let us know!
  • April 14, 2016 – Animal Week: Reptiles at 12 noon, Midtown Campus
    Join us to get up close and personal with a variety of reptiles, including lizards, snakes, and turtles. Learn what makes the creatures so amazing.
  • April 13, 2016 – Animal Week: Animal Adventures at 12 noon, Midtown Campus
    Animal Adventures is coming and bringing a wide variety of critters, including reptiles, a skunk, some rabbits, and even a taratula. Come get personal with these great animals!
  • April 11, 2016 – Animal Week: Birds of Prey at 12 noon, Midtown Campus
    Join us at Centennial Grove (between Warner Hall and Haas Library) to learn about these beautiful raptors. Get up close and personal with four rescued birds.
  • April 6, 2016 – WCSU Community Service Fair at 10:30 a.m., Midtown Campus
  • Join us on Fairfield Lawn for lots of fun Earth Day events, including food, music, and crafts. If you want to contribute an activity, let us know!