Teach Traditional Land Management

Kirsty Costa - Cool Australia
Award Winning Educator
Teach Aboriginal Cultures and Histories in Years 7 to 10 Geography by exploring traditional fire-stick land management techniques.
Target Audience
Year 7 to 10 Geography teachers, casual relief teachers and beginning teachers
3 reviews

Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

Explore Aboriginal Cultures and Histories in Year 7 to 10 Geography by investigating fire-stick land management techniques. You’ll find out about the tropical savannah of Northern Australia and how Indigenous rangers use fire to manage the land. You’ll explore the benefits of fire techniques. You’ll also learn how to help your students research local land management.

Watch videos and explore a range of teaching resources, documents and websites that you can use straight away. Download a course handout to refer to anytime. Once you’ve completed the course, you will be able to teach Year 7 to 10 Geography students about traditional land management and share your learning with others.

This course particularly supports


Year 7 to 10 Geography teachers, casual relief teachers and beginning teachers

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

A short online course is delivered over 1-3 weeks in duration and is worth 2-3 PD hrs depending on the course content and its objectives. Participants will not need to take time off, the course date is the START date only, end dates will be advertised with course hours. Learn more HERE.

This course is an updated version of ‘Cool Burning (Secondary)’ http://tta.edu.au/products/1526/3294

Watch videos, enjoy short activities and explore free resources. Learn anytime, anywhere – this course is accessible for 2 weeks.

This course contributes to 2.0 professional development hours.


Start Date Location Availability Price    
22/05/2017 Online Places available $89 + GST Enrol Now
19/06/2017 Online Places available $89 + GST Enrol Now


1. Introduction

10 minutes

Introduce yourself to the course group and learn about the difference between Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country.

2. Using Fire

50 minutes

Meet John Daly, traditional land manager at Fish River Station in the Northern Territory. Discover how using fire stick techniques benefit the natural environment and local communities.

3. Your Teaching

20 minutes

Access a range of Cool Australia units of work and lesson plans that you can use straight away. Investigate traditional land management in your local area.

4. Reflection

15 minutes

Use a fun reflection tool to think about your learning and consider your next steps.

Further Study

No duration specified

After you’ve completed the course, you are welcome to explore these bonus lessons to deepen your learning.

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Latest Reviews

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Teach Traditional Land Management
by Justin Verco on 18/04/2017

Whilst I had a basic understanding of Indigenous fire stick burning at the onset of the course, I realised quickly how limited my understanding was. The course was an efficient and manageable way of gaining knowledge on the subject as well as useful resources to use with several of my classes to promote their understanding.

Teach Traditional Land Management
by Sarah Day on 14/12/2016

Good synopsis with links to useful resources.

Teach Traditional Land Management
by Mandy McGorman on 08/12/2016

I learnt so much about cool burning techniques and the benefits. I have lots of lesson ideas after completing the course.

About the team

Kirsty Costa - Cool Australia


Kirsty lives in her element by working in roles that focus on education and community. Most recently, she’s been a primary classroom teacher, an education consultant and teacher coach.

Kirsty inspires audiences with her fresh ideas and provides pathways that help make a difference to teaching and learning. She delivers online courses, webinars, workshops and keynote addresses to educators across the country. Kirsty helps teachers to build their knowledge, skills and confidence so that they can design exceptional learning for all young Australians.

Kirsty was awarded the 2013 Victorian Environmental and Sustainability Educator of the Year.