How First Nations peoples manage & care for country

This is a series of free lessons designed to educate students about the importance of Traditional Knowledge of Caring for Country. These Cool Burning resources are presented through the perspectives of Traditional Owners across Northern Australia. Each lesson contains rich video content of John Daly, an Indigenous ranger from Fish River (NT), telling his personal story.

About the resources

These resources cover both the cross-curricula priorities of ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures’ and ‘Sustainability’, while explicitly linking to specific learning areas of the Australian Curriculum.

All Cool Burning lessons have been reviewed and updated in 2023, with relevant information and resources, ensuring quality Indigenous Education in your classroom

“What is wonderful about this curriculum is that it teaches the importance of Indigenous knowledge in land management which has existed throughout history and which continues today. This teaching tool will build students’ understanding of the cultural, spiritual, economical and environmental benefits that this knowledge brings to both the people and the landscape in which we all live.”  

           – Michael Looker, The Nature Conservancy

Enhance your practice with Professional Learning

  • Professional learning
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Teach Caring for Country Using Fire

  • Primary
  • Year 3 - 5
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • History
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • Environmental
  • Land Management
  • Sustainability
  • Social
  • Indigenous Education
  • Professional learning
  • Cool+
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Teach Indigenous Land Management Using Fire

  • Secondary
  • Year 8 - 10
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • Environmental
  • Land Management
  • Sustainability
  • Social
  • Indigenous Education

Secondary Resources

  • Unit
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Cool Burning - Traditional Land Management

  • Secondary
  • Year 7 - 10
  • English
  • Science
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • History
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • Social
  • Indigenous Education
  • Lesson
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Climate Change and Cool Burning

  • Secondary
  • Year 10
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • Environmental
  • Land Management
  • Social
  • Indigenous Education
  • Lesson
  • Cool+
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Caring for Country Using Fire

  • Secondary
  • Year 10
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • Environmental
  • Land Management
  • Social
  • Indigenous Education
  • Lesson
  • Cool+
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Fire Mapping

  • Secondary
  • Year 8
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • Environmental
  • Land Management
  • Social
  • Indigenous Education
  • Lesson
  • Cool+
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The Fire Triangle Model (Secondary)

  • Secondary
  • Year 8
  • Science
  • Chemistry
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • Environmental
  • Land Management
  • Social
  • Indigenous Education
  • Lesson
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Benefits of Cool Burning (Secondary)

  • Secondary
  • Year 8
  • English
  • Text Analysis
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • Environmental
  • Land Management
  • Social
  • Indigenous Education
  • Lesson
  • Cool+
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Fire as a Traditional Land Management Practice

  • Secondary
  • Year 8
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • Environmental
  • Land Management
  • Social
  • Indigenous Education
  • Lesson
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Fire, Biodiversity, Tropical Savanna

  • Secondary
  • Year 8
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • Environmental
  • Land Management
  • Social
  • Indigenous Education

Primary Resources

  • Unit
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What's So Cool About Cool Burning?

  • Primary
  • Year 5
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • Social
  • Indigenous Education
  • Outdoor Learning
  • Lesson
  • Cool+
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Cool Burning Seasons

  • Primary
  • Year 5
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • Environmental
  • Land Management
  • Social
  • Indigenous Education
  • Lesson
  • Cool+
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Using Fire To Manage Country

  • Primary
  • Year 5
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • Environmental
  • Land Management
  • Social
  • Indigenous Education
  • Lesson
  • Cool+
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The Australian Tropical Savannah

  • Primary
  • Year 5
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • Environmental
  • Land Management
  • Social
  • Indigenous Education
  • Lesson
  • Cool+
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Benefits of Cool Burning

  • Primary
  • Year 5
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • Environmental
  • Land Management
  • Social
  • Indigenous Education
  • Lesson
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Investigating the Fire Triangle Model

  • Primary
  • Year 5
  • Science
  • Inquiry Skills
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • Environmental
  • Land Management
  • Social
  • Indigenous Education

With thanks to our partners

Special Thanks to:

Fish River Station, John Daly, Dr Jeremy Russell-Smith, Peter Jacklyn, Peter McConchie, Dr Tommy George, David Claudie, Dale Musgrave, Carolyn George and Victor Steffensen.