8.30am to 6.00pm
Between the Village and Mussel Pool
Location '16' on the Park Map
(08) 9209 6000
The Children’s Forest is a community forest to which youngsters of all ages can belong.
It is a place where children can learn about the importance and beauty of Western Australia’s native bushland and where they can come and watch ‘their’ forest grow and flourish as they do.
Entry to the Children’s Forest is free and children, together with their friends and family, are encouraged to explore, enjoy and discover the many wonders of the Forest, including giant marching ants, colourful birds, peeking possums, a life size Wedge-Tailed Eagle’s nest made of steel and the Forest’s ‘guardians’, the Boy of the Bush and his sister Fern.
created a range of activity sheets to help you explore the wonders of
the Children's Forest! From spotting the flora (plants and flowers)
and fauna (animals) of the forest, to finding the many hidden
artworks, or learning a bit more about our native bushland, these
activity sheets will take you through all eighteen stages of the
Download an activity sheet
and start exploring!
50 things to do in the Children's Forest
Fauna of the Forest
Birds of the Forest
Flowers of the Forest
Eye Spy 1
Seed Clue Trail 1 (for ages 6-7)
Seedling Clue Trail 1 (for ages 8-9)
Sapling Clue Trail 1 (for ages 10-11)
from little things...
The growth of the Forest
The Children’s Forest grew out of the desire of a number of new parents associated with (then) Men of the Trees to give their children a living link with the earth. The idea evolved to the point where families were invited to contribute to the planting of a forest in which all children could share, with the first stage planted in 2001.
With each passing year, the Forest grew as more and more children become Children’s Forest members, and as each new stage is planted with native seedlings. Now complete, the Forest has 18 stages of growth, with the last stage planted in 2018.
Each time you visit you will see how the bushland grows and ebbs.
Want to learn more about the amazing flora and fauna found at Whiteman Park?
(Left) A quenda or Southern brown bandicoot (Bettongia penicillata), image courtesy of Houndstooth Studio; (Right) the blush form of the firewood banksia (Banksia menziesii) in the Children's Forest.