One of the cornerstones of our childcare centres in the Perth area is our motto: “learning through play.” A corollary of this phrase would be “learning through experience.” As far as we are concerned, one of the best experiences you can provide for your child is a trip to the Baldivis Children’s Forest.
Although the Forest motto is “Education through Conservation,” we also think the reverse is true. Every trip through the Children’s Forest provides a wealth of experience and education to children. Children who experience nature at an early age tend to value it more throughout their lives than those who don’t.
So, What is the Baldivis Children’s Forest?
Baldivis Children’s Forest is located in Baldivis, 50km south of Perth. It is a public reserve containing 49 acres of tuart woodlands, along with Outridge Swamp, which is classified as Conservation Category wetlands.
Since the forest is a public reserve, it is open for walking on a continual basis. When entering the Forest in the parking area located at 1399 Mandurah Road, you will see the beginning of the walking trails immediately when you walk through the entry gate. A large undercover area at the top of the hill contains public art, a BBQ and toilets. When you go down the hill, you will see an amphitheatre.
Some basic rules: no trail bikes or pets, including dogs. Since the Forest is maintained for conservation, these rules are necessary, ensuring that visitors don’t have a deleterious effect on the native animals or wildlife. Possibly the best part is that while donations are encouraged, admittance is free.
Baldivis Children’s Forest was established twelve years ago by children from Baldivis Primary School and adult volunteers from the area. Previously, the Forest was a farm pasture block. Currently, the Forest is maintained by volunteers and children in cooperation with the City of Rockingham.
While the Forest can be reserved for outings, beware that it is often already booked for activities such as planting days, community events and school activity days.
Why We Love Baldivis Children’s Forest
We think the Forest is the best of both worlds for children: they can experience nature without their safety being put at risk.
For more information, contact one of our three locations.