Resource Box for Schools Program

What is the Resource Box for Schools program?

The Resource Box for Schools program offers four exquisite hardcover books boxed and delivered FREE to the first 4000 schools that register annually.

The books are accompanied by curriculum aligned lesson sequences designed to assist teachers to ignite environmental custodianship in primary aged students while meeting key learning outcomes.

Now in its third year, we have a developed a suite of books illuminating topics about our natural world and cultural diversity.

To learn more about the books in each series, to view the digital books, or download the Teacher Resources, scroll down to explore the content below.

Educators will receive lesson plans, video resources, school fundraising opportunities and group support. Also included is information on how to get involved in our global Roots & Shoots youth-led movement and fundraising with our tree-planting friends at WOODiWILD.


Be a vital part of mental health research!

As part of the Roots & Shoots Resource Box for Schools, our partners at Adelaide University are leading incredible research on the impacts of nature on children’s health – a vital part of our program. Look out for more details on taking part very soon…


What is Roots & Shoots Australia?

Roots & Shoots Australia is a movement empowering young environmentalists to make their ideas happen. There are loads of ways to get involved –  for kids, young leaders, parents and teachers – from DIY community projects to change-making global campaigns. Learn more and join our community here.


Explore our content in the Resource Box Library below!

Each year we create a new box filled with books, curriculum-aligned lesson plans and additional resources.


Any questions?

Please visit the FAQ section at the bottom of this page. 

2023 Resource Box registration update

Registrations for the 2023 Resource Box has now concluded.

We are currently in the process of finalising the delivery dates for the 2023 Resource Boxes. The anticipated delivery is likely to take place in the second term of the 2024 academic year. Rest assured, as soon as these dates are confirmed, we will promptly communicate this information to everyone who has registered for a 2023 Resource Box.

For any additional questions or further assistance, please feel free to reach out to us at

Resource Box 2022

This year’s Roots & Shoots Resource Box includes a second volume of Living Landscapes, a book on the rivers and wetlands of the Murray Darling Basin, and books on animal camouflage and global ecosystems. 

Resource Box 2021

The 2021 Resource Box includes the first Volume of Living Landscapes, a book created with Indigenous authors across Australia, as well books on Australia’s beautiful island ecosystems, the Incredible Universe and What on Earth? a book about plants that you have never heard of.

Resource Box 2020

The 2020 Resource Box includes an Amazing Australia book, which explores Australia’s unique flora and fauna. The Local Safari book is filled with backyard conservation ideas. Incredible Earth – the World’s Most Extreme Places, is a geography book that explores the most extreme and unbelievable landscapes across Australia and the rest of the world. What on Earth? The creatures that you have never heard of, features interesting and rare animal species that call the world their home.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Jane Goodall Roots & Shoots Resource Box for schools is an initiative of the Jane Goodall Institute Australia (JGIA), with generous funding support from the Phillips Foundation and the Don Hanson Charitable Foundation.

It’s primary objective is to provide education and promote awareness among students and the community about wildlife, the natural environment and challenges facing the planet.

This  JGIA program offers a FREE set of educational resources designed for both schools and homeschooling environments. 

The 2023 Resource Box is a series of school education resources that includes a Teacher Guide and four books.

Amazing Archaeology: The World’s Spectacular Historic Wonders

Journey across the globe exploring the planet’s most dramatic and interesting historic sites, artefacts and ruins. Each historic wonder has a unique story to tell, dating back to times of differing climate, wildlife, civilisation and culture. Venture from the the mysterious Nazca Lines of Peru to the Mayan pyramids of Guatemala, the ancient stone circles of Scotland to lost cities in Ethiopia, the immense Great Wall of China to breath-taking 40,000 year old Indigenous Australian rock art. This book will mesmerise you in the world’s dazzling archaeological riches.

Aquatic Ecosystems: Conservation of Underwater Wildlife

Water covers 71% of the surface of Planet Earth and harbours a bewildering array of ecosystems and habitats, from coral reefs to sea grass meadows, immense kelp forests to the deep sea, freshwater lakes, rivers and tidal lagoons. In this work we venture through all of the planet’s main underwater habitats to understand the diversity and conservation of our world’s varied and beautiful aquatic ecosystems. 

A Hollow is a Home

Do you know what a tree hollow is? 

To you and me, a tree hollow is just a hole, cavity or tunnel in a tree or branch. But to an animal, that hollow may be a bedroom, hiding place, nursery or shelter. It is the ultimate tree house!

Come and take a peek inside the amazing world of tree hollows and discover more than 340 species of incredible Australian animals that call hollows home. With colour photos of glorious gliders, darting dunnarts, minute microbats and many more, this book is full of fun facts about animals that use tree hollows as places for resting, nesting or hiding.

Find out how hollows are created, why they are threatened, and meet scientists who spend their time hollow-hunting. There are also plenty of tips on how you can spot hollows yourself, help to protect the environment and encourage habitat for hollow-dependent animals.

Planet for Life: Action for a Sustainable World

Billions of interactions between animals, plants, ocean, earth and sky keep our planet ticking over. Ecosystems offer habitat for animals and plants that sustain our life. Without nature, humans would not exist.

Humans are facing the biggest challenge in our history. Biodiversity loss and global warming are changing the way the planet functions. Humans have caused this. However, humans can also correct this. We know how.

Every single one of us can make a difference every single day. Choice by choice. Action by action. We can create a sustainable world. You and I.

To look after our future, we need to look after nature. We need to understand it. We need to nurture it. We need to respect it. We need to prioritise it. 

Not sure where to start? You need to read this book.

  1. Sustain Program Reach: Maintain the goal of reaching 4,000 schools in 2024.

  2. Build a Network of Like-Minded Schools: Establish a network of schools that share similar values and demonstrate curricula connections and direct actions, that will  ultimately contribute to the betterment of the world for animals, people, and the environment.

  3. Leadership in Sustainability Education: Provide leadership in the field of education for sustainability by forging partnerships at the community, state, and national levels.

  4. Support School Communities: Assist school communities by offering resources and networks to help them develop and implement their own sustainability programs and projects.

  5. Inspire Youth Action: Inspire and empower young people to take meaningful actions in their daily lives and contribute to finding solutions for the challenges that affect their local communities.

  6. Program Evaluation: Continuously evaluate the effectiveness of the program to ensure its impact and relevance.

Yes! Thanks to funding support from the Phillips Foundation, the Don Hanson Charitable Foundation and several other partners, we are excited to provide the Resource Box free of charge to primary schools, early learning centres and homeschoolers (of primary school age).

When you register for a Resource Box, there are no specific commitments because we understand that each school is unique! However, we encourage you to take proactive steps to maximize the benefits for your students and the environment.

We recommend creating an action plan to help your students organize and track their progress in implementing initiatives that benefit people, animals, and the environment.

Additionally, to help us measure the impact of this program and improve it in the future, you will be asked to complete a participant survey at both the start and end of the program. Your participation in these surveys is appreciated as it assists us in demonstrating the program’s impact and effectiveness.

The boxes are expected to arrive in Australia at the beginning of 2024 with distribution expected to take place at the beginning of Term 1. 

You can register for the new 2023 Resource Boxes by clicking on the registration link at the top of this page (once registrations open).

If your school registered for a 2022 Resource Box, you are already pre-registered for the 2023 Resource Box. There is no need to complete the registration form again. All previously registered schools will receive an email from the Jane Goodall Institute Australia to confirm their registration for the 2023 Resource Box. 

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