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Not Sure Where to Start? Try Community Mapping!

At Roots & Shoots, you are the experts!

You will use the same strategy as the Jane Goodall Institute‘s scientists and field experts to explore your local community and identify areas to make a difference with a tool called Community Mapping.

CHOOSE YOUR MAPPING TOOL:

Use the table below to choose your mapping tool! Each tool will guide you from making observations to identifying an issue that your service project will aim to solve.

If you’re looking for a quick way to get started and choose 3 projects (one for people, one for animals, and one for the environment) start with this community mind map activity COMMUNITY MIND MAPPING.

MAPPING TOOLSMICRO-MAPPING SPRINTMAPPING FOR YOUNG CHILDRENCOMMUNITY MAPPING 101DIGITAL MAPPING [MY MAPS]DIGITAL MAPPING [ARCGIS]
1 hour1 to 2 hours2 to 3 hours2 to 3 hours3 to 5 hours
Identify one-time service project
Identify long-term campaign
Create a pen & paper map
Create a digital map
Access public data to include
Collaborate on digital map with multiple users
DIGITAL MAPPING ICONS
(Drag and drop them to your desktop!)
blue mapping iconpurple mapping icongreen mapping iconyellow mapping icon
Check out this awesome set of icons
from our friends at the University of Victoria!
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Watch: Digital Mapping in Action

Google (c) My Maps
Esri (c) ArcGIS Online

Roots & Shoots Toolkit

You can reference the Roots & Shoots Formula Toolkit for more detailed descriptions of each step.
Get the Toolkit

Explore Issues by Subject

Learn more about some of the issues you may identify in your community.

Check Out Step 3: Take Action

Present your findings to your group mates and have a discussion about what you learned from your maps. Move to Step 3: Take Action to narrow down your project ideas and identify your community issue.
Step 3: Take Action
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