Children's Forest

The Children’s Forest was planted with hundreds of trees that serve as living memorials honoring loved ones that passed away. Local clubs and organizations assisted the Izaak Walton League in planting a variety of species that are used to help children learn to identify Iowa’s trees.

A StoryWalk trail has been added to the Children’s Forest. This is a fun and educational activity where a children’s story book is deconstructed and posted along the park trail. While you’re on the StoryWalk trail, you'll also be able to keep an eye out for 6 carved tree stumps that are to be carved by Des Moines tree carving artist, Gary Keenan.  


Located on the northwest side of Badger Lake at Kennedy Park. North of the Veterans Memorial Amphitheater. 


A StoryWalk trail, tree carvings, tree ID, open shelter, shared parking with Veterans Memorial Amphitheater and shelter, near by pit toilet and access to the trail around Badger Lake.

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